If you make one organic switch, this should be it

Let me dust off my soapbox here for a moment. We’ve all heard of the dirty dozen: produce containing the largest amounts of pesticides (ie. strawberries, apples, potatoes).  And, we’re diligent about avoiding parabens and synthetic fragrance in our skin care.

http://kaufmann-mercantile.com/organic-cotton/Undeniably, of all crops,  though, cotton has the highest use of pesticides and insecticides (ever notice “wash before wearing” tags on cotton t-shirts?).

Dioxin is a carcinogenic chemical produced during the bleaching process of cotton.

We wouldn’t think about ingesting these toxins or putting any of these chemicals directly into our blood stream. But most of us essentially do…every month.

Ladies, I’m talking about tampons.

Yes, organic tampons can be difficult to find, and yes, they are slightly more expensive (for now!). BUT, here’s why you should go to great lengths to find them and make the switch. Conventional tampons are made with a mix of cotton & synthetic fibers, petroleum-based materials, and bleaching agents (hence, dioxin).

Dioxin also falls into the category of endocrine-interruptors. Meaning, they have negative effects on our body’s hormones. Which may be why some researchers suspect a link between dioxin and endometriosis.

But, that’s not all. Apparently popular brands think we also need to smell like a “summer breeze” during our menstrual cycle and add synthetic fragrances to feminine products.

As far as toxicity is concerned, “Fragrance” rates a high concern by the Environmental Working Group because of “Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), and Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).” That warning stands even for items that aren’t applied internally.

I have long suspected that something introduced within the past thirty-forty years is having a major impact on women’s reproductive system. Too many women I know are having hysterectomies, ablations, and polyps. Why? I don’t know. Endocrine-interruptors?

Organic-cotton tampons are one simple switch I can make to help protect myself and my daughter.

And though we may be paying a little more for the box, what will we save in future healthcare?

Look here for more benefits of organic cotton, or click on the photo credit for information on the environnmental effects of pesticides on cotton crops.
Cotton Crop photo credit.

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3 responses to “If you make one organic switch, this should be it

  1. Pingback: This is a bigger insult than “You play ball like a girl” | ftedailygreen

  2. Thanks for writing such a clear and strong post on the topic. Since writing this post, you’ll be happy to know it’s not so hard to find organic and natural tampon and pad alternatives like @maximhy We have some great and well known online and brick and mortar retailers that can make finding our brand easy. Visit the store locator at our website to find a store near you – http://www.maximhy.com

    • Thanks for reading my post! You are correct, organic has become easier to find, but not quite mainstream yet…soon, I hope! I found that a local store carries your brand, thanks for offering a safer solution.

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