An excellent eco-friendly newcomer with a little work to do.
- Made up of 100% organic cotton
- Company uses their own production line, which only produces organic clothing, which offers complete control of the process
- The updated pad design features wings that assure the pad stays where you want it
ISO 9001 (workplace certified for safety), 100% Organic Content Standard (OCS) Certified Cotton, GOTS (possibly, but unclear)
Country of originMade in South Korea (head office in California).
Hesta Organic is a newcomer to the field, founded in December 2015 in California. As such, they don’t yet have much in the way of certifications or awards, and their transparency about materials could use some work. But, their simple, well-made, reusable products are getting rave reviews, especially with folks who might otherwise stick with disposable pads.
Hesta use 100 percent organic cotton for their pads and pantyliners, which come in one simple unbleached and white design. They also use their own production line, which only produces organic clothing, so they have complete control of the manufacturing process.
The recently updated pad design features wings that can be fixed independently around underwear, meaning that the pad stays where you want it. Their pads also feature a waterproof layer made of ‘coated pure cotton fabrics’. It isn’t clear what this means, so it may be a polyurethane layer like Lunapads use, or some other undisclosed material. This lack of transparency and clarity is why Hesta Organic Pads only get a 4 on our Leaf rating system. They could easily bump up to a 4.5 or even a 5 if they were clearer over materials and had more involvement in advocacy, education, and social initiatives like Lunapads.
As with all reusable organic cotton pads, it’s best to wash new pads before use to remove the natural cotton oils. This will help improve absorbency the first time you use them.
Hesta offer a Starter Value Kit featuring four different pad sizes (Slim, Regular, Large and Overnight), a Hesta Wet Bag (to keep used Reusable Pads, Cups and Incontinence Underwear), and natural soap.
Hesta vs. LunaPads and GladRags
Hesta products are simple, comfortable to use, made with organic cotton, and are getting great reviews from customers (many of whom are trying reusable pads for the first time). However, the company is new and hasn’t quite got its communications strategy in place, meaning that it’s hard to be certain of the materials and processes used to make these products. The company does display the GOTS certification on its website, but doesn’t mention this in the product descriptions or elsewhere, so it would be nice to see more clarity on this and other key certifications. All in all, Hesta is an exciting newcomer, but has a ways to go to reach the same eco-credentials as Lunapads, GladRags and others.