Tampons are one of the most classic and popular choices of period products out there for managing menstrual hygiene. They’re convenient, you can’t feel them inside you (when inserted correctly), and allow you to easily go swimming wherever, whenever.
However, when it comes to tampons, with all the different options available on the market, what is not mentioned enough these days are the massive differences between conventional tampons and those made with pure 100% organic cotton – such as our Veeda tampons. Let’s have a look into factors regarding composition, potential benefits, and the environmental & health considerations in using these tampons.
What are conventional tampons made of?
Conventional tampons are typically made from a mix of rayon, cotton, and synthetic fibres. Oftentimes they also contain additives such as fragrance, dyes, and other harsh chemical ingredients including but not limited to chlorine, pesticides, and dioxins. Most consumers tend to not look on the back of the packaging to see what their period products are made of, let alone are aware of how that brand sources their materials or assembles them. Cotton being grown with or without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilisers, and how this cotton is being cleansed for assembly is often an overlooked production process when considering what period products to buy.
If you’re wondering why conventional brands advertise incredibly white, pristine clean and sterilised looking tampons is because the manufacturing process quite literally involves bleaching these cotton fibres. Which can result in trace amounts of dioxins and other chemicals, these in turn are then inserted into your body for hours at a time. Don’t forget vaginas are incredibly sensitive mucous membranes and are capable of secreting and absorbing fluids at higher rate than skin (1)! Some brands also go to the lengths of providing ‘absorption’ lines and ‘cores’ to mark when a tampon (or pad) is full, but really is just a chemically fuelled marketing ploy to push consumers into thinking that product will do a better job at absorbing bodily fluids when really, it’s just coloured blue dye.
So, what’s the benefits of going with natural & organic cotton tampons?
There’s a lot of aspects of a tampon to understand that the product is fully natural and free of harsh chemicals. Here Veeda is trying to make a stance on healthy natural period products & the key points that make a real difference to your body and the planet.
What to take note of:
The tampon is made from 100% natural cotton. Cotton is biodegradable, hypoallergenic & gynecologically tested.
As mentioned, our tampons do not contain any other ingredient other than cotton. Cotton is the most absorbent natural fibre out there; you don’t need anything else! Make sure to check the back of packaging ingredients when buying in store & online so that itdoes not containrayon or other ingredients & fragrances.
FARMING & PRODUCTION
Our cotton is sustainably farmed without any pesticides, GMO’s or other harsh chemicals and are then oxygen cleansed so only pure 100% cotton touches the most sensitive parts of your body. This also qualifies our products as organic.
Understanding your period product’s brands farming & production processes are important. And most won’t list this on their product packaging or website! If the brand you’re considering cannot confidently say that they don’t use pesticides or bleach their cotton, they probably do.
Veeda is completely free of dioxins, chlorine’s, dyes, fragrances, synthetic materials, and other harsh chemicals. If you haven’t been convinced yet, our products are manufactured in Europe with ISO 4001 compliant facilities, promoting eco-friendlier options with biodegradable & recyclable packaging as well.
Other Tampon Tips
Both conventional & natural/organic tampons offer a range of absorbencies for your period flow, this can vary among brands & individual preferences and is important to choose the right absorbency strength for your period and change tampons regularly tomaintain hygiene.
A noteworthy point for the usage of conventional tampons are the links associated with TSS, otherwise known astoxic shock syndrome. TSS is caused by the release of toxins from the growing bacteria in the vagina. Although it can be caused by leaving a tampon in for too long, or using the wrong absorbency tampon, it can also be caused by using a tampon made from polyester or synthetics.
For those wanting to reduce chemical exposure/absorption, and opt for something better for the planet, don’t hesitate to choose Veeda.
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