Certified organic cotton
Made without chemicals, rayon, binders, or fillers
By choosing 100% organic cotton tampons, women will
prevent themselves from being exposed to dangerous chemicals,
pesticides, and synthetics while also helping keeping harmful dioxins
out of our waer systems. And since the average woman will us 11,000
tampons in her life, choosing organic can make a huge impact, both for
our bodies and our planet.
After years of using tampons, I started becoming aware of
all the toxins and contaminates present in regular cotton tampons. Not
only is cotton the most pesticide-intensive crop in the US, but
conventional cotton is also bleached and therefore contaminated with
harmful and carcinogenic dioxins. Many tampons also contain rayon, which
is bleached with dioxin-producing chlorine bleach as well. And because
the skin on the vulva is the most sensitive in the body, contact with
these contaminants can cause irritation, inflammation, discharge and
toxic shock syndrome.
I had begun experiencing irritation and discomfort that
became heightened after using conventional tampons. I also had to
undergo a LEEP procedure, removing pre-cancerous growths, that we were
not able to pinpoint the cause of, according to my gynecologist. That is
the point when I decided to "go organic", and I've never looked back.
The slightly extra expense is well worth it, when I think about the
health benefits I have achieved.
By the way, did you know there are currently no regulations requiring tampon manufacturers to list ingredients. How scary!
Here is an excerpt from the article "Welcome to the Cotton Club" by Emma Lindsey, published in The Guardian:
Today our demand for products that are ever-more absorbent
yet still small has led to an increase in the use of synthetics in
their manufacture. Unless it is stated otherwise, most "Tambrands" (the
generic term for Tampax, Playtex et al) and pads, are made from a
blend of bleached cotton and/or synthetic products, such as rayon,
viscose and plastic - and that is where the trouble lies.
According to Dr Nunns, consultant gynaecologist at
Nottingham City Hospital, who recommends his patients change to
all-cotton products, 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 sanitary ranges. He says: "All too often, women
are sent away with a prescription for Canesten or whatever, as thrush
is the easiest thing for a GP to diagnose. They don't have the time or
inclination to think beyond that. Most patients report that they aren't
Irritation from sanitary products can make you
miserable, but far more serious is Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). If left
untreated, it can kill, and the latest figures suggest that as many as
five out of 100,000 menstruating women still experience varying degrees
Dr Philip Tierno, professor of microbiology at New
York University Medical School, has spent 23 years doing independent
research into TSS and its link to tampons. It boils down to the fact
that the toxin that causes TSS grows in the sort of environment created
inside the body around a tampon. What goes into a tampon and how long
it is left in the body are both major contributing factors.
Dr Tierno has come up with a persuasive argument for
going organic. As with other organically grown crops, because
non-intensive farming methods are used, there are no pesticide residues
to contend with. "The bottom line is that you can get TSS with
synthetic tampons but not with an all-cotton tampon," says Dr Tierno.
He says there are strict case criteria defining TSS, including a
temperature of 102, rash and hypo-tension. However women can have
variations on these reactions; a slightly lower temperature, for
example, and those symptoms might go unreported because they don't meet
the strict definition.
"People think TSS was a health scare of the 80s,
that it has gone away, and it's true that manufacturers changed the
blends in their tampons and people got educated about the right way to
use them. But the problem is coming back as manufacturers start trying
to increase the absorbencies of their products." His advice is clear:
"Never use tampons if you have ever had TSS. Use all-cotton products,
don't use higher absorbencies and don't leave a tampon in for longer
than eight hours. Above all, you are the proponent of your own health -
do your bit by raising your brand of tampons as a concern with your
Like many women, as it turns out, I had been feeling
increasingly ill at ease with my usual brand of rocket launchers.
Although I had used them for years without question, suddenly I felt it
was time to start looking at alternatives. Rachel Murray, 29, from
Milton Keynes, had similar doubts. She also suffered from soreness,
inflammation and discharge, which resulted in repeated visits to her
doctor. It got to the point, she says, where she felt like a fraud
because nothing seemed to work.
"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
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This score is a ranking based on how natural, eco-friendly, and non-toxic a product is, and is rated out of a possible total 5 stars.
: 5 out of 5 stars for naturalness
By switching to
organic cotton tampons, you will reduce your exposure to carcinogenic
dioxins, bleached rayon, pesticides, fillers, and plastics, all of which
increase your risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome, irritation, inflammation,
discharge, and other complications.
Additionally, using organic cotton porducts helps to keep
harmful dioxins from the bleaching process out of our water systems and
away from delicate eco-systems.
This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 01 October, 2011.