An interesting article came to my attention today. Tampons is a must for women every single month. I didnt think about these things until I had children myself. I started looking at what I was putting into my childrens mouths which led to every aspect of their life. Was not until this article, did I look at myself. What I put into my body. How did I not know about this? Well women dont usually talk about this. So here's the article and I hope it inspires you to think about these kinds of things.
Seventh Generation May 11,2009
Tampons are a big part of the monthly female lexicon. American women spend about $2 billion on them annually and will use about 11,000 during their lifetimes. But they are a product that few people regularly discuss.
That dynamic needs to change: Tampons, which come into contact with some of the most sensitive tissue in a woman's body, aren't as straightforward as they seem.
Tampons are typically made from a variety of materials including conventional cotton, rayon, or a blend of both fibers. Conventional cotton is one of the "dirtiest" crops in the modern world. According to the USDA, in 2003 U.S. cotton farmers applied an eye-popping 55 million pounds of pesticides to their fields. And global cotton production also uses high levels of pesticides.
Many of these agricultural toxins are classified as "extremely or highly hazardous" by the World Health Organization. In addition to polluting groundwater and soil, seven of the 15 most commonly-used cotton pesticides have been identified as possible human carcinogens by the EPA. (Others are known to damage the nervous system and are suspected of disrupting the body's hormonal system.)
When we buy tampons made with conventional cotton, we are contributing to these kinds of environmental pollution.
Rayon also needs further scrutiny. The wood pulp that forms a base material for most rayon is typically treated with chlorine-based bleach. This manufacturing process results in the creation of chlorinated toxins, which can accumulate in the environment over time.
Conventional tampons can also contain any number of other ingredients that women might not want to be intimate with. These include absorbency enhancers, synthetic deodorants, and artificial fragrances.
Add it all up and the term "feminine protection" becomes a bit of a misnomer. An alternative is to use 100% organic cotton tampons. These products are made from pure natural cotton that hasn't been grown in a soup of pesticides. They don't contain rayon or synthetic additives, and most have been manufactured using a chlorine-free process that doesn't create chlorinated toxins. When you purchase 100% organic cotton tampons you make a statement that you want to prevent the accumulation of toxins in the environment and that you want to make the world a safer, healthier place for you, your family, and generations to come.
Choices like these do more to protect our world and the people who live on it. They're part of the conversation about safer alternatives that parents need to have with their daughters and women should have with one another. Having the conversation today will keep everyone healthier tomorrow.
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