Calling all women out there! Can you hear me? 🙂
In all my digging on organic cotton and its impacts on health and the environment, I stumbled upon the following information which had never even crossed my mind. And here I was thinking I was some great thinker! Shocker!
When it comes to that time of the month, women generally have 2 options: tampons and pads.
However, my findings are that tampons have artificial fibres like rayon, which is abrasive, so as it expands, it pushes against your cervical area and can cause tiny cuts and imbed pieces into the tissue. There are also a fair deal of toxins in today’s tampons, such as aluminium, alcohols, fragrance additives and hydrocarbons. The worst of all may be dioxin, a compound left behind by the bleaching processes of the cotton. Dioxin is a chlorine-compound potentially linked to cancer (and perhaps to endometriosis), and dioxin can accumulate in your body over time.
What’s more, menstrual pads use similar bleaching processes to tampons. So while they may be “less dangerous” as the contact is less direct, there is still contact with skin and thus with harmful chemicals. No bueno.
Solution? There are companies out there that produce unbleached cotton tampons, some using organically produced cotton (read chemical-free). For women concerned about their health and the environment, here are some of the best options:
1.The Diva Cup. Made with silicon, this reusable option contains none of the aforementioned dangerous chemicals. No latex, plastic, PVC, BPA, phtalates, colours or dyes. It comes with an eco-friendly soap for washing. This may be the best option for the environment as you aren’t clogging up waterways and landfills with disposable products every month.
2. Organic feminine care products. For instance, The Honest Company makes both organic tampons and organic menstrual pads. They are made free of rayon, polyesters, fragrances and deodorants, phtalates, pesticide residues, chlorine, antibacterial agents, etc. Also, tampon strings are often glued using toxic adhesives, whereas these products have a string that is woven on to be attached. We like that when we purchase these products, feminine care is given to young women in the USA and in Uganda to make sure they don’t miss school because of their period. Surprisingly, they aren’t much more expensive than their conventional counterparts.
Try this: Put a run-of-the-mill tampon in a glass jar of water. Leave for a few hours, and will come back to find the water has clouded over with residue.
Knowledge is power people, so let’s be careful what we put inside our bodies! 🙂