We believe women deserve to know exactly what they are putting into their bodies – and so do almost all the women we surveyed. Our results showed that 98 percent of women would welcome full disclosure of the chemicals and materials used in their period products.
“Considering sanitary products are used on a very absorbent part of the body, we feel it’s only fair that women know exactly what’s in them,” says Frances Lucraft, Founder of Grace and Green. “After all, it shouldn’t be a privilege to know what’s in your period product, but a right.”
The shocking environmental impact
The majority of women in the UK rely on traditional or supermarket brands when it comes to choosing period products – brands like Always, Tampax Lil-lets, Bodyform, Kotex and Superdrug. Yet few of us know what they’re made from. Most sanitary pads and applicator tampons are produced using crude oil plastic; a non-renewable resource that takes up to 800 years to decompose, littering the oceans and harming marine wildlife.
On average, UK women are collectively disposing of 731,203,200 plastic applicators a year.
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, feminine hygiene 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 sanitary products contain not just pesticides but rayon, polyester and dioxin – a carcinogenic byproduct of the bleaching process. Over 40 percent of respondents found this worrying.