Have you ever thought about what’s in a tampon? We think about what’s in our food, in our home care and even our beauty products, but a product that resides within a woman’s body for potentially a quarter of every month during her period receives little attention.
The modern day tampon with applicator was invented in 1929 and has seen almost no advancement since. Prior to that, women used natural materials such as wool, paper, vegetable fibers, sponges, grass and later cotton. The invention was profound, but with little understanding of the possible risks associated with use, some women reacted negatively, developing rashes, allergic reactions, and more serious complications like Toxic Shock Syndrome. The FDA has since put in place stricter measures to protect women, but tampons are still considered Class II "Medical Devices" and thus manufacturing companies aren't required to disclose the materials they use.
If you are like the majority of The Detox Market customers you trust us to be a source of knowledge on green beauty and wellness. We strive to provide you with the best information to make conscious decisions about the products you purchase. We hope to inspire you to slowly replace the toxic products in your life with those that are more natural, sustainable and eco-conscious. While arguments for and against conventional tampons flood the Internet, what it ultimately comes down to is a lack of conclusive data supporting either side. The Robin Danielson Feminine Hygiene Safety Act would establish a program of research into the potential health risks of women's hygiene products, but it has gained little momentum in Congress since it was first introduced in 1997.
Conscious Period founders Margo Lang and Annie Lascoe recognized the issues surrounding feminine hygiene products and made it their mission to address health concerns, environmental impact and social responsibility. Unlike many tampon manufacturers, they are committed to total transparency and educating their customers.
First off, Conscious Period sources their cotton from organic, fair trade farmers. The cotton used in Conscious Period products is Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified 100% organic cotton grown in Europe. In order to be a registered organic company, companies must adhere to strict rules and regulations, ensuring workplace safety. The use of organic cotton immediately creates a fair trade and safe environment for workers. Using organic cotton ultimately helps cut down on water pollution and waste through organic certification, requires fair labor and supports the community.
Secondly, Conscious Period makes sure to avoid fragrances and phthalates which are known endocrine disruptors. One of the many reasons why we switch to safer, more natural brands is because of the known effects that certain synthetic chemicals and preservatives have on our endocrine system. What is the endocrine system exactly? It is the grouping of glands that produce hormones which regulate metabolism, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep and even our mood! With so many functions regulated by one system, it’s important to recognize and avoid known disruptors in the things that we eat, drink and put on or around our body. Rising cases of infertility, adrenal fatigue, thyroid dysfunction, PCOS, endometriosis and dangerously irregular periods require women to be even more wary of conventional products, including tampons, pads and other feminine hygiene products.
Lastly, access to feminine care may seem like a monthly inconvenience to some, but for about 26.4 million women in the US alone, it can be entirely inaccessible. Government assistance doesn’t cover feminine care through food stamps or welfare, which makes pads one of the most needed personal care items in lower income communities and shelters. As part of the Conscious Period mission, they are committed to donating a box of biodegradable, organic pads for every box of their organic tampons sold.
There are other products to be mindful of when it comes to the health of our private parts. One of the most commonly used products by men and women is a personal lubricant. Conventional lubricants are generally made with parabens, glycerin and petrochemicals which can increase the likelihood of contracting an STI or potentially disrupt your bacterial balance leading to issues like Bacterial Vaginosis. Companies like Good Clean Love have raised awareness on this issue as well by formulating a line of personal lubricants that are made with all natural ingredients like Aloe Vera Juice, Xanthan Gum from sugar and Agar Agar from algae. All GMO and preservative-free, the Almost Naked formula is 100% vegan and toxin-free and backed by medical professionals.
We have seen a lot of wonderful green beauty, eco-conscious brands over the last 6 years and every so often we are introduced to a product that has so much more meaning than just the item itself. Conscious Period is one of those brands. We were struck with the importance of their message and are privileged to share their mission with you.
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