While we carefully choose the very best pure, non-toxic skin care products and organic, pesticide-free foods, many of us are oblivious to an item that some of us insert into our bodies every single month.
Tampons have largely gone unquestioned. We stand in the beauty aisle and deliberate for half an hour over moisturizer ingredients, but when it comes to tampons and pads we rush up the aisle and grab the same old brand that we have been buying for years. Many of us don’t even realize we have a choice, and that there is a safer and healthier way.
Considering that the average woman uses over 12,000 tampons in her lifetime, I think it’s important to know what to look out for when choosing your tampons.
Always choose certified organic, because being certified means companies can’t get away with simply using the word “organic” as a marketing tool.
You also want just one material, and that’s cotton. You may be surprised to hear that many tampon brands don’t actually use cotton—they use synthetic fabrics like rayon instead.
I recently stayed at a friend’s house for a couple of days and I had run out of tampons. She kindly offered me her pack and I was horrified when I unwrapped one to find that it was covered in a thin, perforated, plastic cover that evidently helped to hold more liquid inside by unfolding like an umbrella once inside your body. The plastic was coloured blue and had a slight artificial smell; it certainly was not something that should be going anywhere inside our precious bodies!