Lets Talk About Organic Tampons

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Organic tampons - Good Idea Fairy

Did you know that a woman uses an average of 12,000 tampons in her life? That is why I want to talk about organic tampons.

I don’t know about you but I had no idea that the vast majority of tampons available on the market today are made from non-organic cotton, which is grown with the use of pesticides. Chlorine is then used to bleach the cotton white, and chlorine contains a chemical called dioxin. According to the World Health Organisation “Dioxins are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer.”

So why on earth are they using this chemical in feminine hygiene products?

The more I looked into this, the more I came to realize that there has to be a better alternative. The vagina is a mucous membrane, which is one of the most absorbent parts of the body, which means chemicals and toxins found in sanitary products can easily be absorbed into the body.

Unfortunately current legislation does not force manufacturers to list all the ingredients they use in the manufacture of sanitary products. Until this changes, and we learn more about the negative side effects of using these products, there is definitely an argument for using organic tampons.

I am delighted to see Boots sell a range of 100% chemical free cotton tampons called Cottons but I had no luck finding any at Superdrug.

Organic tampons - Good Idea Fairy

I found two brands online called Natracare and TOTM offering 100% organic tampons with no bleaches, chemicals, pesticides or other additives. Unfortunately it seems to be the more obvious brands that spend millions on advertising that we are more familiar with.

Organic tampons - Good Idea Fairy

Are you shocked to read this? Do you go organic with any other personal hygiene products? I am interested to hear your thoughts. Please comment below.

5 thoughts on “Lets Talk About Organic Tampons

  1. About 12 years ago I had an epiphany that eating organic & natural was one thing but your household, personal hygiene and beauty products are just as important… I swapped that day and have never looked back.
    I was however amazed on recently moving back to UK from Australia to see the the big supermarkets here don’t readily stock a large choice of organic feminine hygiene products however big online retailers do fortunately. I also would recommend (especially to women who’ve had kids) check out Mooncup as an alternative to tampons. Avoids all the TSS risks, pesticides and other nasties completely – plus way easier than you’d imagine to use. Thanks Good Idea Fairy for reminding women about all the healthier options! X

  2. Thank you so much for your comments Cecilia.
    I think we have a way to go on the organic offer front but there are products out there if one looks for them. Great that you are an organic convert. I think there is definitely something to it. Thank you for the suggestion too, very helpful x

  3. Cottons tampons aren’t organic!! they are just 100% cotton, so they could still have pesticide residues in, natracare is really good… also thanks so much for sharing, so many women need to know what’s in their monthly products

  4. Thank you so much for your comments. You are right, they don’t claim to be organic, the Cottons website states their products are made from 100% chemical free cotton and they don’t use chlorine so I was thinking they are a good alternative if you can’t source the organic brands. You are very welcome, glad to help.

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