Tampons vs Pads
Not Environment Friendly
Disposable pads and tampons create a lot of waste that goes to the landfill. Much of it is non-biodegradable.
Wondering, how cotton can be harmful to the environment? If you think tampons and pads are made only of cotton; you are absolutely wrong. They certainly use cotton for absorption, but there are a bunch of other harmful chemicals and plastic used along with it. For one thing, the plastic that comes with the packaging itself is not environment friendly and take a very long time to break-down.
The Chemical Soup
The results from bleaching, or purifying cotton and rayon with chlorine, produces potentially toxic dioxins. These dioxins end up in our soil and water supply, which in turn end up hurting our entire ecosystem.
Conventional tampons contain pesticides
They contain genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and 94% of all US cotton are genetically engineered
Odour neutralisers , like fragrance gels and artificial fragrances are coupled with Polyethylene (PET) and other additives that aid in absorption and adhesion
Leads to hormone disruption, cancer, birth defects, dryness and infertility with prolonged usage
In addition to the chemical soup used in sanitary towels and tampons, Toxic Shock Syndrome is an added layer of danger that comes with using Tampons. TSS is a bacterial infection that could be fatal. Leaving a tampon inside your body for a very long time increases the risk of being affected with TSS.
The lack of clear labelling on these disposable products and the potential for cumulative exposure to harmful chemicals is a major concern.
Chemicals are Absorbed Straight into Your Bloodstream
Anything that is in constant contact with your skin will land in your bloodstream and disseminate throughout your body. Chemicals on your skin may be worse than eating them. The enzymes in your saliva and stomach help break down and flush chemicals from your body. But when they touch your skin, they’re absorbed straight into your bloodstream.
Not so Organic!
Organic pads and tampons are slightly better, that is, they don’t pollute the environment. However, there is still the humongous waste problem which is to be considered.
In the end, women make this personal choice, based on their own comfort and discretion. But for those who want to ‘Go-Eco’, We have some good news!