The Americans call them bandages, the British call them plasters and we call them bandaids, which is a bit silly really as it’s a trademarked name and we don’t want to get into trouble. So, let’s call them ‘wound coverings’ from now on.
The point here is of course that none of the mainstream brands are vegan-friendly because the companies test their products on animals, and there may be milk derivatives in products containing latex. Now, a new company has stepped into the eco-breach by bringing to Australia the world’s first organic, hypoallergenic and compostable ‘wound care solution’.
All PATCH strips are made from organic bamboo fibre, are vegan-friendly, compostable and 100 per cent plastic-free – yes and that includes the packaging.
Like many innovative new products, it was born from one person’s search for something that would solve their own problems.
PATCH founder and CEO James Dutton discovered his son, Charlie, had an adverse reaction to the common adhesive bandage. (He is not alone – research shows that one in four Aussies surveyed had had a topical reaction to sticky wound care.)
“What began as a need for my young son, has now expanded to a worldwide venture,” he says. “PATCH is made from the most premium natural ingredients to provide a truly hypoallergenic and earth friendly solution to wound care, while providing the extra benefit of activated charcoal, aloe vera and coconut oil embedded in the gauze to help the skin.”
And he’s not the only one who’s excited about it. In just over 18 months PATCH has expanded to more than 32 countries and as of now, they are available for $7.99 (for 25) at Woolworths, National Pharmacies, IGA Supermarkets and health food stores Australia-wide.