If you’re eating organic fruit, drinking from sustainable water bottles, and applying natural sunscreens, shouldn’t you also be paying attention to your choice of tampons? After all, tampons are going into your body every month, affecting your most vulnerable tissues.
Not only are organic tampons better for your health, the pesticide-free cotton used in organic tampons has a ripple effect on the rest of the environment and helps reduce your carbon footprint.
Plus, when you purchase organic tampons by Organic Brands, you help women who can’t afford feminine hygiene products: for every box of tampons you buy, a woman in need will receive a box for free. That’s our Buy one give one promise.
Non-organic tampons contain cotton grown with pesticides and a synthetic rayon mix that has likely been bleached and whitened with chlorine. They may also contain chemical fragrances or dyes.
Rayon and the bleaching process produce a toxic chemical byproduct called dioxin.
Exposure to high levels of dioxins puts women at risk for a damaged immune system, endometriosis, reduced fertility, and increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
While the dioxin hazard has been reduced because of improved bleaching methods, dioxin is still detected in non-organic tampons — even those made of 100% cotton. And due to decades of pollution, dioxin can be found in the air, water, and ground — so it may be present in the cotton or wood pulp raw materials used to make regular tampons.
And since tampons come into contact with vaginal tissue, even trace amounts of dioxin can be dangerous due to the chemical’s cumulative effects: the average woman will use around 12,000 tampons in her lifetime!
If you are among the thousands of women who visit their doctors repeatedly for vaginal irritation, soreness, inflammation and discharge, your tampons—not thrush—could be to blame:
«My GP didn’t examine me, but just prescribed thrush creams and pessaries, which didn’t help. Finally I was referred to a gynaecologist, who thought the problem might be an allergic reaction to the tampons and pads I’d been using, and gave me the telephone number of a company that makes organic cotton products. After using them, the symptoms cleared up right away. I put a friend who had been having similar problems on to them and she has found her symptoms cleared up too.» -Rachel from Milton Keynes
Indeed, some women suffer from recurring vulvitis — itchy, burning irritation of the vulva — sometimes caused by allergic reactions to the fragrances and chemicals in a traditional tampon.
The skin of the vulva is the most sensitive on a woman’s body and easily irritated by polypropylene, perfume and bleach — common ingredients in non-organic tampons.
Consultant gynaecologist at Nottingham City Hospital, Dr Nunns, recommends all his patients change to all-cotton products.
Dr Philip Tierno, professor of microbiology at New York University Medical School, has spent 23 years doing independent research into TSS. He says that, along with other organically grown crops, there are no pesticide residues to contend with in organic tampons. «The bottom line is that you can get TSS with synthetic tampons but not with an all-cotton tampon».
While some experts believe that any tampon can put a woman at risk for TSS, organic cotton tampons greatly reduce or eliminate that risk. Organic Brand’s organic tampons are made with 100% organic cotton —cotton grown without pesticides or insecticides — and are free from any chemical dyes and fragrances.
The applicator is made with biodegradable cardboard designed for comfortable insertion. The petroleum in the plastic used in non-organic applicators is a finite natural resource, not renewable, and a risk to marine life. So the less we rely on them, the better.
More and more women in the UK are turning to Organic Brand’s 100% organic cotton tampons for their health, and environmental and social impact. Join them today!
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