Once presented with honest information about the environmental impact of their period products, an overwhelming number wanted to switch to a more ecological alternative. Among women who use applicator tampons, 72 percent said knowing the truth affected their purchase preferences. That’s before we even get into the health risks.
We are exposed to chemicals and pesticides daily. They are in our cosmetics, period products – even our food and water. These chemicals and pesticides build up in the body; some pesticides are so toxic they’re causing lethal poisoning in cotton workers.
The vagina is one of the most absorbent and sensitive parts of a woman’s body, yet most supermarket period care products contain not just pesticides but rayon, polyester and dioxin – a carcinogenic by-product of the bleaching process. Over 40 percent of respondents found this worrying.