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Do you know how commercial and organic feminine hygiene products differ?

As it happens with almost all the products in the market, it is usually better for our health and the planet to consume organic products. We know a lot on this subject in relation to food or textile products, but how much do you know about the organic intimate hygiene products? Could you say exactly the differences between the commercial intimate hygiene products and the organic ones?

Unlike other products, very little is known about what exactly tampons and pads are made of, which is quite surprising since they are in direct contact with our most sensitive areas such as the lips or the inside of the vagina for a prolonged time. Nowadays there are many girls that have never heard about the existence of organic brands of tampons and pads. That is the reason why the article for this week is dedicated to talk and spread the benefits and disadvantages of both types of intimate hygiene products.

  1. Manufacturing
  • Commercial products: Traditional pads and tampons are made of plastics, bleachers and cotton of uncertain sources. The white cellulose paste is not as natural and is subjected to a bleaching process. The bleaching used to make the products more attractive and pleasing to the eye is done with chlorine and leaves behind dioxin that accumulates in the fatty tissues. Various chemical substances such as plasticizers (Bisphenol A), polyethylene (PET), polypropylene, propylene glycol, artificial colorants and adhesives are also used in the composition of the core and sheets of the pads and tampons. Finally, the wrapping sheet is usually made of cotton mixed with synthetic fibres such as rayon and viscose, and the plastic dorsal sheet is also a petroleum derivative.
  • Organic products: the main difference with the commercial products is that the cotton used in the manufacturing process is 100% organic and the rest of the components are made of natural biocomponents. The cotton by nature is hypoallergenic, with a natural touch and perspiration, and high absorption capacity. The organic intimate hygiene products don’t usually contain dyes or additives, nor perfumes that interfere with the colour and natural smell of the bleeding. The use of organic cotton is relevant because traditionally nonorganic cotton receives a lot of chemical fertilizers and pesticides that the final product may end up containing

 


  1. Health effects
  • Commercial products: Why is it so relevant to know the materials used in manufacturing? Because it can make a direct impact on the intimate health of a woman. There are studies indicating that allergies and infections in the intimate area are sometimes related to the use of traditional pads and tampons, especially pads since these contain an excess of plastics, chemicals and perfumes. This facilitates the transfer to the bloodstream of any of the materials from which the pad is made of. In a way, putting a chemical on the skin can be worse than ingesting it.
  • Organic products: By not containing plastics or chemicals, organic products ensure more natural hygiene without harmful impacts or irritation. If you need to see it to believe it, we recommend you the following video that compares an organic and a commercial tampon.

 

  1. Creation of waste
  • Commercial products: the type of manufacturing materials used also influence the environment and recyclability. As it was mentioned before, commercial pads and tampons are made of plastics, chemicals and cotton of uncertain origins. These materials don’t degrade easily consequently, the environment gets directly contaminated with an average of 6,000 pads or tampons per woman throughout her lifetime, which is a huge amount of waste.
  • Organic products: even if they are of a disposable use, organic products are easier to degrade after its use, which makes them planet-friendly. The fact of using organic cotton also means that the environment, the farmland and the rivers are not damaged during the manufacturing process.

These are the three main differences between the various intimate hygiene products available in the market. It is also important to know that there are differences between the products of large brands and that not all of them use the same materials or chemicals in their production. This is why we make a brief summary of the key things to look at when buying or choosing pads or tampons.

  • Choose products made of organic cotton, the ones that are hypoallergenic and with a safety net, it prevents the fluff to stay in the woman's body when the product is removed.
  • Choose products that are free of perfumes, parabens and the ones that are dermatologically tested.
  • Choose products that don’t contain chlorine, perfumes, bleaches or plastics.

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