The market for organic pads and tampons is expanding rapidly as women become more aware of the consequences on their body, skin and the environment by using non-organic hygiene products.
As every woman cares for her health, increasing awareness to the risks involved in using conventional menstrual products might lead to more women preferring greener products.
Why not use the regular feminine hygiene products?
The chemicals used in non-organic products can be bad news for both your body and the environment. Manufacturers bleach them, add chemicals, and they often treat the cotton with pesticides. Many well-known brands of tampons and pads and panty liners are made mostly of synthetics, like rayon.
Rayon is a cellulose fiber produced from wood pulp and is considered to be semi-synthetic but that might mislead us to believe it’s not so bad. Only the process of producing rayon is highly toxic since it uses several chemicals including carbon disulfide, sulfuric acid, chlorine and caustic soda. When it’s bleached, a toxic byproduct called dioxin is released.
Bad for us and the planet
Sanitary pads and tampons create a massive amount of waste of synthetic materials that do not biodegrade. And the pulp bleaching process for producing these products releases dioxins into the environment. According to the world health organization, dioxins are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer.
Furthermore, many of the best known brands of feminine pads contain something called Saps, which stands for Super Absorbent Polymers, that are made from polymers derived from crude oil. Needless to say, the ecosystem cannot break down the synthetic materials and chemicals present in these traditional products.
Hazards of disposable feminine hygiene products
Ann Borowski of the Rochester institute of Technology states that possible dangers of using disposable feminine hygiene products might cause health issues including: “causing cancer due to the creation of dioxin in the bleaching process, Toxic Shock Syndrome, and other bacterial infections. Feminine hygiene manufacturers often bleach products to make them appear whiter and sterile. This process has been found to leave behind residues of dioxins, chemicals that are both very toxic and carcinogenic.”
One of the scariest risks is a type of blood-poisoning called Toxic shock syndrome. This syndrome is more commonly associated with women who use tampons. According to spirit of nature, “Toxic Shock Syndrome is caused by the common bacteria Staphylococcus aureus – which normally live harmlessly on the skin and in the nose, armpit, groin or vagina of one in every three people. In rare cases certain strains of these bacteria can produce toxins (poisons) that cause Toxic Shock Syndrome”.
So, what are the alternatives? What is organic hygiene?
Organic Hygiene Products are made out of 100% organic cotton, cotton is natural, breathable, soft and absorbs twenty times its weight in liquid. It’s not bleached like the synthetic products, which contains Chlorine which is used for whitening the cotton, and also to clean swimming pools.
Instead, the pads are covered with a mater-bi material which is a natural alternative for plastic. All the products are eco friendly and totally consumable. They’re also, designed for maximum comfort and sensitive skin.
What is more comfortable organic pads or synthetic?
Is there times when you feel the pads cause a ‘green house’ effect down there, or worse, you get this scratching and burning feeling?
Well… What do you know about the contents of your hygiene? What is it made of? For instance, the plastic that wraps the pads does not allow ventilation to the area and to the skin thus, creating high temperature for bacterial formation. Pads that are made with synthetic fibers are not natural and may cause irritation or even allergic reactions, while Organic pads are more breathable and still contain an absorbent cellulose core which locks away menstrual fluid.
Dr Suruchi Desai, consulting obstetrician and gynecologist, says that “Organic pads contain an absorbent cellulose core which locks away menstrual fluid to keep you dry, and a soft organic cotton cover that allows your skin to breathe”. This can definitely explain the greenhouse effect.
The bottom line is the harmful reactions of these ingredients on your skin and body, along with the harmful effects they have on the environment, are both good enough reasons to make all of us consider switching to organic feminine hygiene products instead.