Women’s products – Since we talked about Mother’s Day products last week, I wanted to talk women’s products today.
Why organic tampons and pads?
Is this some new trend? Is it a new product for the elite. No. Tampons labeled organic explain this to us…
Because over 90% of our cotton crops today are genetically modified to survive with certain herbicides/insecticides on them, organic tampons simply mean it’s not that genetically modified cotton. Nor does it have certain herbicides/pesticides on them.
When it comes to pesticides we usually think of it in association with food crops. However, cotton crops used 48 million pounds of pesticides in 2017, which amounted to $4.2 billion.(1)
According to the World Health Organization, “3 of the most acutely hazardous insecticides” are in the top 10 most commonly used pesticides in cotton production.(2)
What does that have to do with tampons? Conventional tampons are made with cotton. They’re also often a cotton and rayon blend. A byproduct of rayon is dioxin which the EPA lists as a likely carcinogen. (3)
Trace amounts of dioxin are not a huge concern, according to the EPA. Microbiologist Philip Tierno (NYU Medical School ) who helped discover the link between toxic shock syndrome and tampons said: “Sure, one tampon is trace but consider the menstrual lifetime of a woman. They use approximately 12,000 tampons in a lifetime. That means 12,000 exposures of dioxin 5, 6 or 7 times a day. That’s a lot of dioxin absorbed directly through the vagina. It goes directly into the blood.” Dr. Tierno (4)
As for after baby care products, once again the better choice products have no artificial dyes, phthalates, parabens, are by products of petroleum, or have formaldehyde releasors in them. “Mucous membranes in the vagina and vulva rapidly absorb chemicals without metabolizing them.” (5)
The Mama Earth products on the 2nd slide have none of those ingredients in them ??. So grateful for companies now providing us with better choice products! ❤️.
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