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?Things found in the bathroom??- tampons/pads, cups.

Why before the 2000s did we not have organic tampons? Is this a new trend?

No. Genetically modified corn was introduced to the US market in 1996. The word organic came out in 2000 to let us consumers know that the product was free of artificial dyes, gmos, glyphosate, phthalates, and so much more.

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.

When it comes to pesticides we usually think of it in association with food crops. However, there is a huge crop that used 48 million pounds of pesticides in 2017, which amounted to $4.2 billion: Cotton! (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 of 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)

Just as our food ingredients have changed over the past years, so have our beauty product and hygiene ingredients. So it’s best to just be educated as to what your options are and choose what you feel is best for you and your family.

1https://www.nass.usda.gov/Surveys/Guide_to_NASS_Surveys/Chemical_Use/
2 https://ejfoundation.org//resources/downloads/the_deadly_chemicals_in_cotton.pdf
3 https://www.epa.gov/dioxin/learn-about-dioxin
4 https://www.cnn.com/2015/11/13/health/whats-in-your-pad-or-tampon/index.html

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