Part of being a healthy person is taking care of yourself in regards to your mind, body, and spirit. Pretty much everyone knows this. What a lot of people don’t know is that taking care of your body isn’t just about what you eat and how much you exercise—in the case of people who menstruate, it’s also the kind of tampons and pads being used. Pro tip: The stuff you’re buying off the shelves at the grocery store? Not too ideal. You need to be checking out the organic products. Here’s why:
It’s Better For The Environment
Most conventional pads and liners are made up of crude oil plastic, meaning your business is going to end up in landfills polluting the environment for a really, really long time. Not only that, but tampon manufacturers bleach their goods with a process that generates dioxins—toxic, chlorinated compounds known for polluting the environment. Ouch.
It’s Good For You
If you’re not feeling compelled to save Mother Earth, hopefully you feel compelled to save yourself: Pesticides are sprayed all over cotton, meaning those little bug-killers are getting dangerously close to your body. You’re also exposed to tons of GMOs, polyester, adhesives, polypropylene, polyethylene, etc. This really screws you over because all that stuff is related to cancer, birth defects, hormone disruption, and infertility. Plus, the plastic applicators for your tampons can create a micro-tear in the vaginal wall and make you susceptible to Toxic Shock Syndrome (you know, one of those things middle school health class scared us half to death about).
Just Make Sure It’s Actually Organic
Remember that little bit about dioxins? It’s also been linked to cancer. So even if you see “elemental chlorine-free bleaching”, it doesn’t mean there isn’t chlorine being used when bleaching the product. It just means elemental chlorine isn’t being used, which isn’t the same thing at all. Also, recycled cotton isn’t actually much better for you because the manufacturers using this cotton have no way of making sure it’s chlorine and pesticide-free.