Tampons are convenient, discreet, and easy to use, wear, and dispose of. But…
Not all tampons are created equal.
Some experts say that tampons belong on a growing list of “potentially hazardous personal care products.” Most tampons are a mix of rayon and conventionally grown cotton, often bleached with chlorine. Tampons come with a warning for Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) which can lead to death. Dr Tierno from New York University Medical School says you can get TSS from synthetic tampons – not 100% organic cotton tampons. Conventional tampons contain pesticides, phthalates, fragrance, dyes and dioxins (the WHO calls dioxins “highly toxic”) and are intended to be inserted into such a sensitive and absorbent part of your body. Some come in a plastic applicator that is functional for no more than 30 seconds, and then lives on in landfills forever. Think of how many tampons you use per period x per year x in a lifetime – that’s a LOT of waste!
Choose 100% organic cotton tampons without an applicator (or a biodegradable applicator).
Organic cotton tampons are just as effective, and are free of chlorine, pesticides, rayon, plastics and dyes, and are compostable and biodegradable. Choosing organic supports organic practices. Best practice, choose the lowest absorbency needed, and change your tampon every 4-6 hours.
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