Tampons are typically made from cotton, or a blend of cotton and rayon with string that is often synthetic, glued and dyed. Toxic dioxins are produced both as a byproduct of rayon production and also from bleaching to give the tampons a white colour. These dioxins can often be detected in trace amounts in conventional tampons.
The vagina is lined with a highly permeable mucous membrane, capable of absorbing any chemicals and additives that it comes into contact with. The skin of the vulva is also extremely sensitive and can be easily irritated by the chemicals and perfumes found in standard sanitary products. On average a woman uses 11,000 to 12,000 tampons over a lifetime. In other words that’s 6-7 years of cumulative intimate exposure to dyes, fragrances, pesticide residues and trace dioxins, which may be linked to hormone and endocrine system disruptors.
Organic cotton is produced without the use of synthetic or oil-based pesticides or fertilizers required for conventional cotton (which is mainly genetically modified). Freda’s organic cotton tampons are made with 100% organic cotton and nothing else so you don’t have to worry about any unnecessary additives.
Organic cotton rather than mono-cultivated cotton is better for the soil and promotes biodiversity. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility and support and nurture biodiversity.