PATCH have crafted an organic, bamboo fibre based plaster, infused with activated charcoal, aloe vera, and coconut oil. I was excitedly awaiting their launch in NZ and they've exceeded my expectations!
Adhesive wound care (plasters) is an absolute necessity for the family first aid kit. Thankfully, there is now an plastic free, chemical free solution that is made from 100% organic bamboo fibre and natural ingredients, PATCH strips.
You may be cutting back on processed foods and household chemicals in favour of whole foods and healthy habits, but what chemicals are you applying to your body and your kids’ bodies daily?
PATCH strips are the perfect organic, hypoallergenic and biodegradable wound care alternative, with extra added goodness in the form of activated charcoal, aloe vera and coconut oil. Designed with mineral-based ingredients for all sensitive skin types and those who desire to remove harmful chemicals from their cabinet.
As soon as the PATCH strips arrived, we just had to test them out to see how they perform compared to regular plasters. (Don't worry; none of us were injured in the testing process!) They are seriously impressive! They come in 4 healing formulations, including one designed for kids.
It's just amazing how many people have come forward and told me their skin reacts to regular plasters. Isn't is great to know there is now a hypoallergenic alternative?
Features of PATCH:
- Organic, sustainably sourced ingredients
- Australian owned and operated
- Biodegradable... they can break down in your home compost! (Check out their breakdown video below)
- Cruelty free + vegan friendly
- Made from certified organic bamboo
- The strips are free from potential allergens such as plastic, silicon, latex, and parabens
- The paper tube is also recyclable, but really handy for re-purposing too.
The strip itself and the backing paper is home-compostable, but the sterile cover is degradable plastic so needs to go into soft plastic recycling. Sterility is closely regulated for medical-grade products, so this is required at this time.
PATCH was born out of James Dutton's mission to protect his son's adventure wounds. Far too many people who are allergic to standard plasters, and come out with big rashes around the wound as a reaction from the latex and chemicals contained in them.
James didn't want to keep making his son's wounds worse, so he set about to create an alternative.
The PATCH Range:
- Natural strips (pictured below)
- Coconut Oil Kids Strips (they have pandas on them!)
- Aloe Vera Strips
- Activated Charcoal Strips
Bamboo is a fast growing and renewable resource. But, sometimes it can be manufactured into materials in a way that negatively impacts the environment. However, there are better ways.
PATCH create their bamboo strips through a Lyocell production process. Lyocell is defined as a cellulose fibre made by an organic solvent spinning process. The compounds used are non-toxic, much safer for humans, and 99.5% of them are kept in a closed loop cycle. A closed loop system means the elements are continuously recycled, and not released into the environment.
PATCH support local communities in East Timor by providing them with their natural strips. They also work with Sea Shepherd to provide strips across 9 ships, and support children across Haiti with sterile medical resources.
Watch PATCH Strips Breaking Down:
All images and video thanks so much to @PatchStrips