PATCH

Soothing and Sustainable

Who They Are

After seeing an allergic reaction to a bandage cause his son’s injury to grow even worse, James Dutton knew there had to be a better way to treat wounds. He started digging into what makes up the typical bandage, learning that the chemicals that make up typical adhesives have been known to be harmful to human skin. He started experimenting with natural ingredients, and using nourishing additives that not only cover the wounds, but treat them–and that’s how PATCH was born.

By utilizing a mineral-based pressure-sensitive adhesive in place of a traditional chemical adhesive, PATCH’s bandages are safe for sensitive skin and free of the plastic, silicone, latex, and parabens you might find in other bandages. In fact, they’re made exclusively from natural ingredients like 100% certified organic bamboo lyocell fiber and gauze, activated charcoal, coconut oil, and aloe vera, which makes them not only eco-friendly but also bio-degradable and compostable. Plus, they come packaged in recycled cardboard and paper, even further minimizing their potential environmental footprint.


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Why We Like Them

Instead of relying on traditional chemical adhesives that can be full of toxins that irritate skin and make bandages tough to dispose of, PATCH utilizes a mineral-based pressure-sensitive adhesive that is safe for even the most sensitive skin. PATCH’s bandages are also made primarily of 100% certified organic bamboo lyocell fiber with natural, simple, enrichments like activated charcoal, coconut oil, and aloe vera. Bamboo is chosen due to the fast growing nature of the bamboo plant, and the fact that organic bamboo is grown without pesticides or fertilizers. The lyocell fiber is even made using a closed loop process, reusing 99.5% of the organic solvent to break down the bamboo fibers–creating a sustainable, plant based bandage!

In addition to the thought put into the materials that make up the product itself, PATCH ensures their packaging is just as sustainable. Each bandage is individually wrapped in uncoated rice paper to ensure they’re safe and sanitary. From there, bandages are packaging in a plastic-free cardboard canister. 

But what happens when you’re done using the bandages, you ask? PATCH has thought about that too! They’ve done independent testing to verify that each bandage is 100% compostable – and are in the process of gaining their Industrial Composting Certification in Australia. Plus, the rice paper wrappers can easily compost alongside the bandages, while you can recycle the cardboard canister. 

If that’s not enough to wow any eco-shopper, PATCHs focus on being good doesn’t stop at the product level. PATCH and their parent company, Nutricare, are certified B Corps, which means they meet the same rigorous social and environmental standards that we do. The factory where each bandage is made in China is audited by BSCI to ensure strict ethical labor standards. In fact, PATCH has earned the B Corp title “Best for the World”, meaning they’re part of the top 10% of B Corps worldwide!

PATCH also works to offset their carbon production through the organization Trees for the Future, having planted over 20,000 trees in 2019! In addition, PATCH supports initiatives like Young Veterans Mission, The Sea Sheppard Fleet, and Haiti Aid, by providing sterile medical resources.

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    Compostable
  • Compostable Packaging
    Compostable Packaging
  • Cruelty Free - EarthHero
    Cruelty Free
  • Paraben Free
    Paraben Free

  • Organic Content
  • B Corp
    B Corp
  • Sustainable Lifestyle
    Sustainable Lifestyle
  • Vegan
    Vegan
  • Charitable
    Charitable
  • Recycled Packaging
    Recycled Packaging
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    Bamboo

This product contains material that can break down into soil in either a backyard or industrial composting system. These products are declared compostable by the manufacturer, but may not third-party certified. Contact your local waste-hauler or composting facility to determine where these materials may be accepted. Certain materials may be better fit for industrial facilities than backyard composting systems. Industrial facilities may not exist in your area.

This product is packaged or shipped in materials that can be composted in home systems or industrial facilities. Certain materials may be better fit for industrial facilities than backyard composting systems. Contact your local waste-hauler or composting facility to determine where these materials may be accepted. Industrial facilities may not exist in your area.

Cruelty Free is a certification process through PETA that labels products that are not tested on animals. All companies that are included on PETA’s cruelty-free list have signed a statement verifying that they don’t use ingredients or create finished products that help conduct or pay for any tests on animals.

Parabens are synthetic chemical preservatives, commonly used in beauty products like shampoo, lotion, and deodorants. Parabens can accumulate in your body, and have been linked to hormonal disruption and reproductive problems. In studies of breast cancer patients, parabens have been found in the tissue of cancerous tumors–yikes! If you want to avoid Parabens in your beauty products, keep an eye out for methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben in the ingredients list.

Organic materials and ingredients are grown without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers, promoting a healthier use of land and decreasing harmful agricultural runoff. By steering clear of toxic chemicals, farm workers experience less exposure to hazardous conditions, promoting social responsibility as well as environmental stewardship. Choosing organic materials eliminates the use of insecticides and other harmful chemicals, promotes efficient resource use, and results in a safer products and a cleaner planet!

The B Lab is a third-party, non-profit organization that certifies companies as socially and environmentally responsible. B Corps are businesses that go above and beyond traditional business models and aim to create positive change in the world through their practices. These companies must meet rigorous transparency and accountablity standards, while doing what is best for people and the environment.

This product helps promote a more sustainable lifestyle. Whether it encourages re-use and the movement away from disposable products, or it promotes sustainable actions like recycling and composting, this product can help you lower your environmental footprint.

This product does not contain any animal products or byproducts, and has not been tested on animals.

This company donates a portion of their time or profits to charitable efforts in their community or abroad.

This product is packaged or shipped in materials that contain recycled content.

As a member of the grass family, bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth. It requires no irrigation, pesticides or fertilizers to grow, and can be harvested within 3-5 years, as compared to approximately 30+ years for traditional hardwoods. Bamboo is extremely adaptable and produces more oxygen per acre than large tree species, while using a fraction of the water to grow. Its durable and lightweight qualities make bamboo a great alternative for hard wood products!

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