Los Angeles, California 2021 – Over the course of a lifetime, a person who menstruates is predicted to throw away roughly 400 pounds of packaging from menstrual products. Most tampons, pads and liners are currently made of a mix of cotton and synthetic fibers like rayon. Menstrual pads can contain up to 90% plastic, while nearly all commercial tampon products contain some sort of non-recyclable chemical by-product. Most of these toxic ingredients will end up in landfills, sewer systems or in our water ways.
RIF (Regenerative International Female llc) was established with the goal to offer hemp-based carbon negative solutions within the industry. Their aim is to go beyond low waste and to provide regenerative products that are made using agricultural practices that draw down carbon. Hemp is the fiber of the cannabis plant and forms the ideal product to achieve this goal. It is among the fasting growing plants on earth. Per acre, 15000 pounds of hemp can be produced while cotton only produces 500 pounds of raw product per acre. It is considered to be a carbon negative crop as it captures and stores more CO2 than it generates per harvest cycle.
Hemp fibers are naturally more absorbent than cotton as they have a large surface area. This allows hemp-made menstrual pads and tampons to be more sustainable and durable. While mold and fungi thrive on cotton, hemp is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. RIF products are therefore not only eco-friendly but their toxin-free products also provide a healthier option for consumers. RIF products are 100% biodegradable as they are free of synthetic materials, and are exclusively made in Europe. Their European partners use clean processes, such as renewable energy, to upstage the hemp fiber allowing the final product to be a clean smooth hemp fiber that is of equal quality to fine cotton.
Valerie Emanuel is the founder Regenerative International Female LLC, RIF, the world’s first regenerative feminine hygiene company. She is a mother, an activist and a native Angeleno. She believes that RIF can set a new standard in regenerative and eco-friendly business through menstrual products. Regenerative innovations are the future and Val is on a mission to blaze the trail for future female founders. RIF will be donating 2% of its profits to support the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) in Los Angeles. This organization is dedicated to help victims of family violence and sexual assault. You can be a part of this movement by preordering RIF products and supporting their Kickstarter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rifwomen/regenerative-hemp-period-products-for-women?ref=discovery&term=hemp
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