We’ve known about the benefits of organic food for quite some time now, and for most of us gals these days it’s fairly natural, where we can, to make the organic choice when it comes to the food we eat. And where we don’t entirely, well….put something in my mouth that’s been sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and then chlorine bleached? F-off! Nope, that’s just what mainstream tampon companies expect you to put in your vagina.
The reason this might be news to you is because there are no requirements for companies producing sanitary products to disclose their ingredients. So they don’t…probably because it doesn’t make for pretty reading. Which means that there are stricter rules governing the labelling of hamster food than there are the products we put inside the most delicate and fragile part of our bodies. (?!) The horrifying irony is that, because our skin lacks the enzymes needed to break down these nasties (enzymes we do have in our saliva and stomach), chemicals on our skin may actually be worse for us than eating them, according to Dr Joseph Mercola. When they come into close contact with our skin (and, Babe, we’re sorry to let you know, if you didn’t already, that the skin of your vulva is among the thinnest in your entire body), they’re absorbed straight into your bloodstream, making their toxic way directly to your delicate organs. And once in your body, without those arse-kicking enzymes, they just build up. Scary? You’re damn right it is.
So, let’s get a little bloody transparent – it’s about time. The ingredient list (if they had to print it on), would go a little something like this: Rayon, polyester, viscose, chlorine bleach (yes, apparently it’s ultra important they’re pearly white for the 3 seconds we cast eyes on them before they go to die a vermillion death), and traces of dioxin, cyanazine, dicofol, naled, propargite, triluralin, (and, if you’re choosing a brand with odour neutralization then you’re most likely looking at traces of artificial colours, adhesives, polyethylene, polypropylene and propylene glycol – a ‘chemical soup….with contaminants linked to hormonal disruption, cancer, birth defects, dryness, and infertility’). Nah, we wouldn’t touch that shit with a barge pole either. (And if this freaks you out, you might not want to know there’s the equivalent of four plastic bags in a high street sanitary pad….. Yup, that was our reaction too)
No real surprise then that one thing has made its way onto the high street box – “Attention! Tampons are associated with Toxic Shock syndrome (TSS)”. But you see, it’s time to call bull on that. Because an organic cotton tampon has never, not once, been associated with TSS. So why, in the crapping name of water retention, do we not know more about this by now? That one’s below the belt.
And you know what else is going on below the belt? Soreness, thrush, inflammation and discharge…all accomplices of toxic filled tampons. The average woman uses around 10,800 tampons in her lifetime. If you’re going mainstream that’s a lot of exposure to a hella lot o’ nasty. That’s a big part of why we’re advocates for 100% organic cotton tampons that are 100% biodegradable.
Give that baby some love girl, because if your vagina could talk it would say BLEEDING HELL NO to chemical-ridden tampons. Get on with your vagina, get OHNE with us.
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