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The pads and liners composition varies between each product, which is why their biodegradability varies between 97% - 99%. Their ingredients can be separated into 3 main layers; surface, core, outer. The surface layers are all made of natural and organic corn and bamboo fiber (FSC certified). The core is made of absorbent wood pulp. The outer layer is made of PLA + PBAT blend bioplastic (biodegradable). Therefore, the only non-biodegradable part is the adhesive. We still thrive to reach the 100% biodegradability goal, and our customers will be the first ones to hear about any good news in the future!
Head over to each product page for more details of their ingredients.
Our pads and panty liners could be biodegradable and compostable within 6-12 months under the right conditions. It requires a natural setting with oxygen, soil, microorganisms, moisture, and high temperature (no problem for Thailand!).
Household compost with >28°C degrade in 12 months
Industrial/commercial compost with >58°C in 6 months
Each pad and panty liners are compostable and biodegradable including its wrapper, ranging from 97%-99% biodegradability. Only the non-toxic adhesive is not biodegradable. None of these materials turn into microplastics 🐛
You can change your pads depending on your menstrual flow, but the recommended time for our day pads is 2-3 hours due to hygiene reasons. You should change when there is a smell, or if it feels too damp. Please bear in mind that because we do not use superabsorbent polymers (SAP) in our pads, the pads may appear more full and have a stronger red colour than conventional pads. So, you may have to change Ira pads more often than usual, but please don’t be alarmed - it’s more hygienic to do so! 🙌🏼
SAPs turn menstrual blood into gel-like structure, allowing more liquid holding capacity and feeling less damp. However, this makes people unaware of how long they have their pads on. It is never hygienic to leave pads with menstrual blood on for long. Also, SAPs are non-biodegradable. We continuously try to improve our product and are working towards finding a biodegradable SAP or alternative for our products.
Menstrual cups and reusable pads are great products that serve the same purpose as ours. However, in the Asian culture there’s still a lot of stigma surrounding the topic, which resulted in misconception and misinformed information about how to use these products 😔. This leads to fear or bad experiences which stops women from using them, and what’s the point of having a great product if no one uses it?
This is why our first product is developed to make the disposable sanitary pads as biodegradable as possible, with very little change in behaviour. The only behaviour change is some customers may have to change their pads more often during the day, which makes it even more hygienic for your health!
In the future, we will be introducing more products best serve our customers needs and purpose, so watch this space! 🤩
Ira pads and liners are produced in China. However, our goal is to reduce our carbon footprint even more by manufacturing in Thailand, so if you are a business that could partner with us, feel free to get in touch. 📨
They have the same length (24cm.), so the only difference is the thickness. Light pads is around 0.1cm thick, which is perfect for your light flow, or people that prefer to feel light as a feather all day! Since the thickness is different, day pads also holds more absorption than light day pads.
We currently only ship in Thailand due to our logistics capability. However, if there is a demand to ship to other countries we will explore our options and keep you updated! ✈️
Please feel free to get in touch if you are interested in a bulk order or if you’re a business that would like to stock our products via firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always on the lookout to expand, and make our products available for everyone! 🌏
Once your order is confirmed and payment is successful, your products should arrive within 2 - 3 days of successful payment. During public holidays or unforeseen circumstances (e.g. Covid-19 outbreak near warehouse or distribution centers) this may take a few days longer. Contact us if you are worried or have any questions - we'll follow it up for you!
We use CJ logistics to deliver ira to you.
Our products are available in supermarkets and specialised stores across Thailand. You can find a full list on the Stockists Page.
If you're looking to buy online, then you can order our products here on this website or through Line (@ira_concept). The subscription-based service is available through the subscription website.
If you are a business that is interested in becoming our stockist or partner please contact as email@example.com
Yes! We believe female hygiene products should be easily accessible and if you care about female welfare too, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org! Most women are caught off guard by their period, which could lead to stress and missing important meetings/lessons 😵. By providing women with female hygiene products in your business - you’re not only showing you care, but you are also creating a supportive environment and increasing productivity 🥰.
Feel free to drop us an email if you just want to chat or have any proposals to discuss with us. We love talking to people, especially about periods and women equality.
Subscription payments must be made using either a credit or debit card. For the first payment you'll have to enter your credit/debit card details, but after that the payments will happen automatically.
For purchases, you can pay either offline by bank transfer, or by credit/debit card.
For subscription payments, you will pay monthly by credit or debit card. For the first payment you'll have to enter your credit/debit card details, but after that they payments will happen automatically.
Our subscription means you get the menstrual products of your choice delivered to your door when you want them. And subscription products even come with a 27% discount!
Just tell us what you want (which products and how many of them), how often you want deliveries, and then we'll send you a box of these products at your chosen delivery frequency (every 1, 2 or 3 months).
You can change your products, skip deliveries, or cancel anytime and anywhere.
Yes, you can.
Log in to your account and go to Subscription -> Cancel your subscription where you'll be able to cancel, effective immediately.
We will miss you though, and hope that you come back soon 🥲
Yes, you can, but you can only skip your next delivery.
Log in to your account and go to the Orders section where you'll find a 'skip delivery' button on your next order. This will skip your next delivery, and of course, you will not be charged for it.
Skipping a delivery must be done at least 24 hours before the payment for that delivery.
Yes, you can.
Log in to your account and go to Subscription -> Change your box where you'll be able to change the products that we send you each month and the changes will apply right away.
You can add products or remove products, and the cost of your delivery will change accordingly.
Changing the products for delivery must be done before the payment for that delivery.
Yes, you can.
Log in to your account and go to Subscription -> Change your delivery frequency where you'll be able to choose to have your deliveries every 1, 2 or 3 months.
Yes, you can.
Log in to your account and go to Subscription -> Change your payment day where you'll be able to select a new day of the month that you'd like to pay. Your delivery date will then be shown as 5 days after this payment date, but it should arrive sometime within those 5 days.
We use CJ logistics to deliver ira. You will receive your products around 2 - 3 days after successful payment. During public holidays or unforeseen circumstances (e.g. Covid-19 outbreak near warehouse or distribution centers) this may take a few days longer. Contact us if you are worried or have any questions - we'll follow it up for you!
Your tracking number will be sent to your email from our warehouse if the payment is successful.
Ira Concept is a FemTech startup founded and based in Thailand, providing organic and biodegradable feminine hygiene products, such as sanitary pads and liners, on a subscription basis. We're a very small team (but full of passion!) - Thai and international, female and male - looking to make the world a better place, one period at a time.
Thank you so much for your interest in joining a small startup with a big green heart 💚. We don't officially have any job openings right now, but we'd still love to hear from you if you think that you'd be a good fit for team ira.
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If you can't find what you're looking for, feel free to ask us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org