No, Really, You Need to Switch Your Personal Care Products
We exercise, eat (mostly) healthy + sustainable foods, and even consider health and environmental impacts when searching for cosmetics, but what about tampons. It's gross to think that standard store brands aren't as clean as you might think. The average American woman uses 10,000 tampons in her lifetime. So, let's not stick bleached pesticide-laden cotton into our hoo-has.
Here's what you need to know about conventional tampons and pads:
- feminine hygiene product manufacturers are not required to disclose ingredients
- the majority of tampons contain synthetic materials like Rayon and Polyester (not biodegradable - ew, do we really want these things to last FOREVER?)
- non-organic cotton tampons may have pesticide residues
- conventional tampons may contain toxic disinfection byproducts from the chlorine bleaching process, including dioxins and furans
Your Best Option
Of course, menstrual cups like Lunette are the best way to go, but if you're not quite ready to go that route, that's totally understandable. After learning how bad tampons can be for my health and for the environment, I switched to organic cotton. And last spring, I took this a step further by joining an organic tampon subscription service. There are a few of these out there now, but my favorite is Cora because not only are their products made with certified organic cotton at an affordable price, they also provide menstrual products to women in need around the world.
Instead of just sending their products abroad—which can undermine the local economy—Cora partners with social enterprise organizations globally that are working on period management so girls don't need to miss school. Their goal is to empower women and girls in need.
The subscription service is great - it's so convenient to have Cora shipped straight to your door. And their boxes are customizable! I was so convinced by their model that I signed up for their annual subscription. Sustainable products that contribute to social enterprise? I'm in.