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.
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.
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.