While they might look the same, the differences between organic tampons vs conventional cotton tampons are considerable – from how they’re made to the impacts they have on our health and the environment.
We all want to make better choices for our own health and that of the planet, but while we do our best to avoid food that has been sprayed with chemicals and seek out sustainably made clothing, often our menstrual products don’t get the same consideration.
The average woman uses around 12,000 tampons and pads over her lifetime, however many conventional tampons and pads include nasty chemicals and ingredients that we’d never even imagine eating or putting on our skin, let alone allow near one of the most delicate and absorbent parts of our bodies.
So how do we know which products are not causing harm to our health and the environment? The first step is understanding how organic tampons vs regular tampons are made, from the way the cotton is grown to the manufacturing process.
Organic cotton vs regular cotton
Many people believe that as long as they’re using cotton tampons, they’re making a natural choice. However, non-organic cotton tampons are made with conventional cotton, one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world.
If you’re concerned about additives in your foods, you should be equally concerned about what’s going into your tampons. Non-organic cotton is often genetically modified to be resistant to insecticides, which are sprayed on the cotton along with other pesticides to repel bugs and insects.
When it comes time to harvest the cotton, harsh chemicals are used to strip the leaves from the plants. Cotton goes through an oxygen cleansing process to purify the chemicals from the cotton, which is then chemically bleached.
Organic cotton, on the other hand, is grown and harvested naturally. It relies on the perfect altitude, rainfall and temperature to keep insects away and help strip the leaves from the cotton plants for harvest. Organic certification goes through rigorous testing to comply with the Australian Certified Organic Standard, and a certification logo is the only way consumers can be sure that a product is truly organic.
Our certified organic cotton tampons and pads are free from synthetics, pesticides, chemical dyes, chlorine and dioxin bleach, so you can be sure that there are no toxins being absorbed into your body. It also means they’re naturally breathable, hypoallergenic and gentle on sensitive skin, as well as 100% biodegradable.
Are organic tampons better for the environment?
Pesticides are a leading cause of biodiversity loss globally, with the use of pesticides and other chemical sprays on conventional cotton affecting not only the soil, waterways and the cotton itself, but also negatively impacting the health of farmers and communities who are exposed to them.
Certified organic cotton equals less pesticides and in turn, less soil and water pollution. This is better for the people growing it, better for your health, and better for our ecosystems. Our eco-friendly tampons and pads are made with certified organic cotton, supporting sustainable, organic farming methods that encourage regeneration and keep chemicals out of the earth.
Plastic is commonplace in many aspects of modern life, and menstruation is no exception. While its use in packaging is hard to disguise, other plastics including polyester and polypropylene are also included in the ingredients of regular tampons, which manufacturers are not obligated to list.
Why are these plastics used in conventional tampons? Organic cotton fibres naturally intertwine and create a strong bond that holds the tampon together, whereas non-organic tampons containing synthetics don’t possess this quality and are encased in polypropylene to keep them intact. These chemically treated fibres can then break away from the tampon and be left behind.
Our period products, including our plastic-free applicator tampons, contain no synthetics or plastics, with the exception of the individual wrapper on each tampon which is needed to meet hygiene and safety requirements.
We have also changed our packaging in 2020 to eliminate 4.5 tonnes of single-use plastic from our supply chain each year, with new FSC-certified cardboard packaging that is fully recyclable and biodegradable.
For more information on our organic cotton tampons, pads and liners, visit our FAQ page.