Let’s talk about some of the key differences between organic and conventional tampons, starting with the key ingredient – cotton.
Be under no illusions: conventional cotton farming is highly pesticide-intensive, responsible for 16% of all the insecticides and 6.8% of all herbicides used worldwide (Source). It destroys ecosystems, poisons animals, contaminates soil and water, and endangers workers. Daily exposure to chemical pesticides and fertilisers with a lack of safety precautions leaves many cotton workers vulnerable to illness and infertility. By choosing to support organic farming practices, you help people as well as the planet.
Most conventional tampons are made from non-organic cotton in addition to cheaper materials like rayon and polyester. Rayon is a fibre made from wood pulp; during the bleaching process dioxin is produced, which is classified as a known human carcinogen by the World Health Organization. Organic tampons skip the bleach, which means they contain zero dioxins.