Vyldea Berlin-based startup that develops algae-based menstrual products, says its fiber tampons outperform conventional products when tested for the presence of the vaginal microbiome.
“Kelp fibers respect the vaginal microbiome”
Vydl’s news comes from a scientific study carried out in collaboration with MyMicrobiomeworld leader in independent microbiome-friendly certifications.
“The results of the pilot project are promising: lactobacilli, which are important for the vaginal microbiome, showed above-average positive growth compared to the comparative cotton and viscose products. An intact vaginal microbiome is important to ward off pathogens,” says Dr. Kristin Neumann, CEO of MyMicrobiome.
Conventional menstrual products used around the world contain toxic substances dangerous for women in addition to generating huge amounts of waste that pollutes water and soil.
According to the company, its Kelton tampons are plastic-free and biodegradable on land and in water, making them durable, ocean-friendly and, as the study confirms, healthy menstrual products.
Ines Schiller, the founder of Vydl, recently announced: “New results show that Kelpons, made from seaweed, to have health benefits and help the oceans; The MyMicrobiome study proves that kelp fibers respect the vaginal microbiome.
Vydl aims to revolutionize the market by offering plastic-free absorbent products made from seaweed, starting with tampons and then with other absorbent products such as baby diapers or incontinence pads.
“Seaweed has been valued in medicine for decades for its anti-inflammatory effects. It has several positive properties that Vyld customers will benefit from; in addition to a naturally high absorption capacity, they do not dry out the vaginal environment and facilitate insertion”, adds Ines Schiller.
Vyld was founded in Berlin in 2021 by Ines Schiller to develop radically sustainable, ocean-friendly and healthy menstrual products made from seaweed.
The company’s goal is to ensure that seaweed is widely used as the regenerative raw material of the future.
Earlier this year, Vyld closed its first pre-seed funding cycle, led by FemTech and impact investors using the funds to develop its patent-pending technology. In order to raise funds for the further development of Kelpon, the startup launched a crowdfunding campaign which started on September 5, 2022.
“Vyld’s goal is a ‘algae’ of products that establish algae as a sustainable resource in the mainstream and actively contribute to the regeneration of the oceans, as well as the reduction of CO2. In this way, Vyld helps accelerate the establishment of sustainable marine permaculture and contributes to at least 12 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” says Schiller.