Sustainability is one of the 3 central values of Cocoro.
We want to be a sustainable company, we have already come a long way and at the same time there is also a long way to go.
We are constantly learning and evolving, and working to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (1). With our actions we want to have a positive impact on people, the economy and the environment.
We always say that feminism is theory and action. Sustainability too.
- We are committed to local production: we design Cocoro in Barcelona and manufacture them by hand and ethically in different workshops located in the city and sorrounding area. We collaborate with local suppliers and distributors, contributing to the activation of the country’s small businesses and reducing the CO2 emissions of transport.
- We carefully choose our fabrics: we use materials with OEKO-TEX100 and Bluesign certificates. In addition, we are prioritizing the use of organic cotton and introducing recycled materials.
- We optimise packaging: produced in Barcelona and made with certified FSC Kraft paper, Cocoro packaging has different sizes, avoiding an excess of individual packaging.
- We ensure a respectful and efficient production system: we cut the fabric so that the minimum possible loss occurs, and we promote projects to reuse waste to avoid throwing fabric away. We produce with social ethics at our base, and we have the seal of a VEGAN product.
- We facilitate responsible and sustainable consumption, following the Zero Waste philosophy: it is estimated that the use of pads and tampons in the life of a menstruating person generates up to 180 kg of non-recyclable waste(2). Thanks to Cocoro menstrual panties sold in 2020, 29.5 tons of waste were avoided.
- We make alliances with associations, foundations and organisations to carry out projects that improve the lives of particularly vulnerable people and groups. We make donations and collaborations with social projects, such as the reduction of school dropout (the Guné Foundation), the right to asylum (CEAR – “Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid”), or the right to menstrual hygiene (The Raval Social Foundation). We also collaborate with “Rezero – Fundació Prevenció Residus i Consum Responsable” towards a model of responsible consumption zero waste.
- We offer a complete sustainability report by garment: we collaborate with BCOME, a platform through which we trace and evaluate the environmental and social impacts of each garment, making this available to customers. We disclose data such as the total liters of water consumed, the waste consumed, the people who have made the garment possible, the estimated km travelled, etc. We are progressively implementing this advanced and detalled information within our sustainable commitment.
- We significantly reduce our carbon footprint in the environment: according to the life cycle analysis that we have recently carried out through the external company Inèdit we know that, for example in the case of our MESH collection, the carbon footprint of Cocoro panties is 19 times less than an absorbant pad and 12 times less than a tampon.
In addition, we are part of the Fashion Revolution – Who made my clothes? , a global non-profit initiative that unites hundreds of teams of professionals from the fashion industry. The movement calls for greater transparency and sustainability throughout the production and supply chain, from ideation and manufacturing until the product reaches the hands of consumers.
High-quality, reusable Cocoro menstrual panties are designed to take care of both our bodies and our planet. With a shelf life of approximately two years as an absorbent panty, each Cocoro can then be used as a conventional panty for many more years.
We have been able to see how the sustainability of Cocoro responds to a real need that we share with many people. And this comforts us and encourages us to continue with our work.
Sources: (1) We address, in particular, goals 12 (Responsible production and consumption), 5 (Gender equality), 13 (Climate Action), 10 (Reduction of inequalities) and 17 (Partnerships to achieve the goals). See here for more information (2) Report by ReZero, Zero Waste Europe, ReLoop and Break Free From Plastic. “The environmental & economic costs of single-use menstrual products, baby nappies & wet wipes”.