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Behind The Scenes Tour of the Always Plant in Belleville, Ontario

Procter & Gamble Factory Tour

Tilley from Preshus Me, Me! The Period Blog, Deanna from Maple Leaf Mommy, Marie from Canadian Living, Ruth from Patton Family Musings, and Jennifer from Mom Versus The Boys [L-R]
This June, Always invited me to tour their Proctor & Gamble plant to see how they made their pads! I couldn’t pass up on such an amazing opportunity so of course I said yes and they flew me out to Toronto, Ontario!

Located in Belleville, Ontario, several bloggers, including myself, were given the opportunity to tour the only place in the entire world that makes the Always Infinity pad.

Always showed us how the Always Infinity pad was made from start to finish, from raw materials to what we see on the shelves.

Before our tour, we had to tie up our hair and put on protective glasses and a headset. It’s really loud in the factory with all the machines so our tour guide spoke to us using a mic and we listened with our headsets.

The Period Blog at the Always Factory
Headset? Check. Dorky googles? Check!
We weren’t allowed to take photos inside the plant but Always had a photographer supply us with photos.

The first room we entered produced the Always Infinity Infinicel material. This room housed four huge tanks of oils, one of the three key ingredients to making Infinicel. The other ingredients are salt water and another type of water (secret!).

These ingredients are mixed at different rates to produce different sized bubbles and this results in the top layer and bottom layer of the Infinity pad. The top layer is for fast acquisition and the bottom is for storage.

Always Infinity Infinicel Material
Top layer for quick acquisition and bottom layer for storage.
The material then goes through a series of massive machines. They are so big, they could easily span a city block!

The first machine is filled with steam and churns out long sheets of the Infinicel material that are kilometers long. They come out like a wet sponge so they go through another machine that wrings out the water and then finally the last machine acts as a dryer. The sheets of Infinicel are then stored in huge rolls in the next room. They kind of look like huge rolls of toilet paper right?

Always Infinity Factory Tour

Did you know? The Always Infinity Infinicel material is so absorbent, they sell the scraps to soak up oil spills!

We then entered another building where the Infinicel material gets cut and made into its end product, the Always Infinity pad. This machine makes them so fast, I could barely see them getting made!

Rolls of the Infinicel material are loaded onto the final machine where the material is cut into the shape of a pad. The edges are then crimped together with heat so all the layers of the pad stay in place together.

Always Infinity Factory Tour
Pads are cut out and edges are crimped with heat.
Next, there is a machine that counts out the right number of pads and stacks them neatly. Then the machine literally shoots the pads into the boxes!

The pads go through a series of conveyor belts for more packaging and inspection before it is finally ready to be shipped to the stores. One part even had a machine that x-rayed the boxes. I wish I could show you because it really looked like a scene out of a cartoon!

What really surprised me the most is that even though the entire process is handled by machines, there are many check points where the pads are inspected by hand. Not only are their machines able to detect and eliminate a single faulty pad, their employees did routine inspections on random boxes to ensure the pads are made correctly with all the wings and adhesives in place. (I also picked up a cool trick for checking the adhesives which I’ll show you all later.)

Did you know? This process is entirely automated by machines. This means your hands are the first ones to touch the pads!

So that’s pretty much how their Always Infinity pads are made! Now that you know all their secrets, how bout a giveaway?

Before I left, the girls at Always provided me with some giveaway goodies!

Always Giveaway
Keep reading for an exclusive behind the scenes look! Can you guess what’s in the P&G’s ladies room?


Always Infinity Factory Tour
Rolls of Always Infinicel material

Always Infinity Factory Tour
Rolls of Always Infinicel material

Always Infinity Factory Tour
A look at the new Always Infinity packaging!

Always Infinity Factory Tour
A look at the new Always Infinity packaging!

Always Infinity Factory Tour
Always pads getting boxed.

Always Infinity Factory Tour
Packages of Always Maxi pads on a conveyor belt.

Always Infinity Factory Tour
Packages of Always Maxi pads on a conveyor belt.

Behind The Scenes | Can you guess what’s in their washrooms?

Always infinity pads in a washroom stall
If you guessed pads, you’re right! Boxes and boxes of pads and pantiliners lined the shelves of each and every individual stall! Wouldn’t it be amazing if your school washrooms were all stocked with pads?

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About Dedy Wong

Dedy lives in Vancouver, BC and is a 2014 graduate of the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in Psychology. She is the blogger, writer, photographer, and tester for all the reviews and articles on the blog.Her menstrual cycle is around 35 to 40 days long and she has tried just about everything from menstrual cups to reusable pads.

2 comments

  1. Very impressive.
    Good place to work, and advance my carrier.

    Regards,
    Celestin.

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