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Research show that Australians look for environmentally sustainable first aid care

PATCH, Australian manufacturer of alternative, organic wound-care strips, has revealed through independent research that 87.4 per cent of Australians surveyed would be likely to switch to an environmental and sustainably-focused wound care brand and 89.9 per cent said they were likely to switch to products with efforts towards minimising packaging.

PATCH strips, which is available internationally, is an organic, hypoallergenic, biodegradable and compostable wound covering. Made from organic bamboo fibre, PATCH can break down into the soil in a matter of weeks. The product is made sustainably from bamboo and manufactured close to the source where the bamboo is grown, reducing environmental impact and minimising the carbon footprint.

“Our PATCH strips are compostable with our packaging having a minimal environmental impact,” said James Dutton, PATCH founder.

In August 2018, PATCH was recognised in The Australian Brand Awards (ABA100) 2018, winning across three categories including Product Excellence, Eco-Innovation and Product Innovation. The Eco-Innovation award in particular recognises environmentally conscious products that provide innovative solutions for consumers.

“PATCH has shaken up the traditional wound care market. Winning awards across three categories provides us with further motivation to push boundaries with natural wound care. We strive to create innovations that offer quality, natural and sustainable alternatives,” Dutton added.

Each year, the ABA100 Winners are recognised for their commitment to business and product innovation and for their achievements in transforming business practices and end-user experiences.

In addition to its environmental credentials, PATCH was created when Dutton discovered his son, Charlie, had an adverse reaction to an adhesive bandage. The company’s research says that one in four Australians surveyed are allergic to commercial wound covering and 85.2 per cent claimed that they would choose natural wound care alternatives.

“What began as a need for my young son, has now expanded to a worldwide venture. PATCH is made from the most premium and sustainable ingredients to provide a hypoallergenic and biodegradable solution to wound care, including the natural goodness of activated charcoal, aloe vera and coconut oil embedded in the gauze,” Dutton concluded.