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Organic Tampons: The Best Brands and What You Need to Know Before Making the Switch
by Taylor Borde
Why so many women are making the switch from big brands to conscious organic tampon companies, and the best chemical-free feminine products to spend your money on.
Up until a few years ago, shopping for tampons was more of a reflex than a conscious consumer decsion. (Admittedly, mine was heavily impacted by aesthetic packaging. Ahem, Kotex.) With recent focus on harmful hidden chemicals thanks to celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and her Goop gang and Kourtney Kardashian lobbying for clean beauty routines, common feminine products have been under fire as well.
And for good reason. Take a second and think about if you really know what’s in your tampons, pads and liners? If you’re like me, your answer is no. This is because the FDA doesn’t require feminine care companies to include ingredients labels, meaning we’ve unknowingly been letting harmful chemicals live inside of our bodies for years. Dioxins, pesticides, chlorine, rayon and unnecessary fragrances have all been found in lab tests of some of the leading tampon brands.
“We give thought to what’s in our food and beauty products, so why not our tampons, which we use in one of the most absorbent parts of our bodies?” ask Jordana Kier and Alex Friedman, who founded Lola, a 100% cotton tampon subscription service. “The big brands do the bare minimum and rarely disclose the ratio of ingredients in their tampons, which is typically a blend of the artificial fibers rayon and polyester, among others.”
We need to do better, ladies. Not only is our health at stake, but these chemicals are also hard on the environment, putting the toxins directly from your body into the ground when tampons go to landfills. We switch our Dawn with Mrs. Meyer’s, our John Frieda with Function of Beauty, our Revlon with RMS Beauty—why haven’t we made the switch to organic tampons yet?
The last three years have brought more sustainable alternatives—from leak-proof underwear to menstrual cups to all-natural tampons—created by some of the most boss ass babes. Subscribtion companies like Thrive Market, LOLA and L. make it even easier, bringing your clean-sourced tampons straight to your door, just in time for your period.
Ready to make the switch? Ahead, the 6 best organic tampon brands to spend your pink-taxed dollars on.
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