Going Green For Natural Feminine Products
It’s time for some girl talk so you guys can go watch some football if you like or stay and learn some valuable information! Going green, organic, and healthy with feminine products is something we don’t hear much about, but we should. Menstruation it is a natural process in our bodies that makes a woman unique from a man. We have been given the gift and ability to bear children, which also means we have a monthly period. It is very important as a woman we learn healthy non-toxic solutions for that time of the month.
Most women use tampons, they are very convenient and have been around since the 1930’s. Did you ever wonder what the were made, if they were safe, and if they aren’t safe – what your alternatives are available?
Some Facts We Need To Examine:
1. TSS- Back in the 1970 and 1980 health issues that were associated with tampons emerged – Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). This is a fatal disease caused by toxic bacteria that grew when a tampon had been left in too long, Agreeably leaving a tampon in too long certainly is extremely unhealthy and could create a breeding ground for bacteria and cause TSS. But think about it for a moment! Could there be other issues such synthetic materials that are in some tampons? Tampons have been around for at least 40 or 50 years and TSS was unheard of until the 70,s, when manufacturers started using synthetic materials.
Did the switch from all-cotton to synthetic blends have something to do with it? The truth is that they were trying to meet the demand for more absorbent products, tampon manufacturers started using synthetic materials such as Rayon in the 1970’s.
2. Danger Alerts From Synthetic Materials –– Some serious health concerns had been documented as early as 1975, when an internal memo at Procter and Gamble disclosed that one of their tampons contained cancer-causing agents and altered the organisms that naturally populate a woman’s vagina. That product was pulled from the shelves. Following that 3 of the 4 synthetic materials that were used in tampons were also pulled from the shelves:
- Polarylate rayon
3. Still on the Market — Synthetic viscose rayon was not! Synthetic rayon is sticky and will deposit residue in a woman’s insides. But the trouble doesn’t stop with rayon because today most leading brands are made with conventional cotton or cotton blend.
Conventional cotton tampons many times add synthetic fragrances, which of course could contain hundreds of different toxic chemicals. Now the FDA insists that they are safe. I don’t know about you but I don’t think I want to put my trust in the FDA seal of approval since they approve thousands of toxic chemicals that pollute our bodies and the environment every day. Conventional cotton ranks as one of the most destruction, chemical-intensive crops. Let’s take a look at what is lurking in conventional cotton.
- Genetically Modified Organisms
4. Gin Trash Cotton — To make matters even worse the cotton used to make tampons is the most toxic on the market. It is made from what is referred to as “Gin Trash” which is the leaves, stems and short fibers and this is loaded with concentrated levels of pesticides. Believe or not this Gin Trash Cotton is actually illegal in California to feed to cattle, but yet approved by the FDA for a woman to use inside her body. Think of what is could be doing to your body!
5. Dioxins — This is a by-product of chlorine bleaching used in production of many tampons — is extremely toxic and is actually the active chemical in Agent Orange.
- Dioxin is a carcinogen, linked to cancer.
- Dioxin has been linked to endometriosis a chronic hormonal, immune disease, is very painful, and can cause infertility that affects millions of women.
- Dioxins are a major cause of pollution in our environment or also referred to as “eco-injury.”
6. Alternatives non-toxic feminine products:
“Organic Cotton Tampons” that are fragrance free, preservative free, Chlorine free, are the greenest, safe and healthiest choices.
But in an emergency here are some tips for greener purchases:
- Choose tampons with cardboard applications instead of plastic
- Consider a sanitary pad even though they are wasteful, your exposure to chemicals in commercial pads is far less than a commercial tampon
- Choose tampon with no applicator such as O.B.
- When you choose sanitary napkin pads, pick the right size, the bigger isn’t always better.
Unfortunately, there are few safety regulations for feminine products in place or enforced. With seventy percent of women using at least 11,500 tampons in their lifetime it has become a serious health concern that all women need to be aware of. Isn’t it time you took your health into your own hands and make some changes for your own safety and the safety of our planet? Aren’t you worth it?! Natural clean and green tampons that are free of synthetic materials and chemical additives work just as well as conventional brands. Organic, non chlorine-bleached products are the only smart, green, healthy choice to make. They are good for you and the environment. Live green, healthy, and live long!