The average woman uses 12,000 tampons in her lifetime. Ideally, these would be made from pure, natural cotton, but sadly that isn’t the case.
Here are 8 reasons making the switch to organic cotton tampons may be for the better.
1. They're free from chemicalsMainstream non-organic tampons contain a lot more chemical-filled materials and synthetic fibres than you might expect, including bleach, chlorine, dioxins and dyes.
Even the string and the covering around are often made of plastic. And despite some brands advertising an ‘organic cotton core’, their tampons, unfortunately, still have synthetic outer layers.
2. They don’t pollute our food chains
Whilst tampons stay in your body for a few hours, the man made materials they are made of can hang around our planet for hundreds of years. Eventually, they break down into toxic particles and micro plastics which infiltrate our food chains, poison wildlife and pollute our planet.
3. They safeguard our water(s)
Sadly, more pesticides are used on conventional cotton than any other crop. Organic tampons, however, use only 100% organic cotton. The absence of pesticides for the growth of organic cotton helps our water stay clean and safe and because rainwater is prioritised in the production of organic cotton, Mother Nature’s natural rhythm is respected, meaning less pressure on local water supplies.
4. They’re fully biodegradable...
Being made from only natural cotton, organic tampons are fully biodegradable. After use, you can simply throw them in the bin safe in the knowledge that they will return to nature without leaching any nasty chemicals or plastic particles into the ground or the ocean.
If you’re looking to step up your plastic-free period game, a reusable tampon applicator really takes things to the next level.
5. ...and kinder to our vaginas
Your vagina is perfect. But it’s also a highly absorbent membrane. Given that most tampon users have a tampon inside them for a cumulative 7.5 years of their life, nasty chemicals should be out of the question.
Especially when recent research studies have shown that exposure to chemicals can interfere with the body’s hormones. With a switch to organic, safe tampons, your vagina will thank you!
6. They “lighten” our periods...
Some women notice more comfortable periods after switching to organic tampons: less intense cramps, less itchiness or a more manageable flow. So if you get vaginal irritation or bad cramps, consider organic cotton tampons.
7. ...and reduce health risks
When it comes to organic vs regular tampons, even the NHS recommends avoiding super absorbent tampons often filled with super absorbent… chemicals.
Chemicals such as dioxins - which are often found in mainstream tampon brands - are classed as carcinogens by the World Health Organisation.
So if the thought of such ingredients makes your stomach turn, it’s time to go organic.
8. They have nothing to hide
Tampon brands are under no obligation to disclose a full ingredient list, unlike skincare products for example. So many women are left in the dark about what they’re putting inside their bodies. At least organic cotton tampons are what they say on the tin: 100% organic cotton. Nothing more, nothing less. nothing less.
So if you're thinking about how to make a difference to your body and this planet but don't know where to start: you should probably start by changing your tampon.
Make the change today, for your body and the planet