Saturday, March 14, 2009

Chlorine Free Organic Cotton What?

The other night at dinner with friends, someone asked me about tampons. She said that she is so careful about choosing safe products for herself and her family but never thought about tampons.

Two years ago I went to the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, California and learned a thing or two about traditional versus natural tampons. I started buying Natracare tampons from that day forward. Here's some info from the Natracare website explaining why:

Natracare tampons were developed as a direct response to health and environmental concerns about dioxin pollution caused by chlorine bleaching, the extensive use of pesticide spraying on conventionally grown cotton, and the use of rayon and other synthetics in tampons.

Many women are unaware that rayon and rayon-cotton blends are widely used in the manufacture of tampons. Rayon is commonly chlorine-bleached, and is a highly absorbent fibre. Dioxin, a toxic carcinogen, is a by-product of all chlorine bleaching methods and is also found throughout the environment in varying levels as a by-product of pesticide spraying and pollution from incinerators. Dioxin has been found to collect in the fatty tissues of animals, including humans and should, therefore, be a real concern for women. Published scientific reports have shown that evidence is growing that even low levels of dioxins may be linked to cancer, endometriosis, low sperm counts and immune system suppression. Considering a woman may use as many as 11,000 tampons in her lifetime, she may be subjecting herself to additional dioxin exposure.

Seventh Generation also sells 100% organic cotton tampons that are safer for you and the environment.

Features & Benefits:
100% certified organic cotton
Whitened without chlorine
Safer for sensitive skin
No rayon
Compact style
Package is 100% recycled paper

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