It turns out that most pads and tampons aren’t actually made with cotton. Most are made of synthetic material like rayon or SAPs (Super Absorbent Polymers). These materials are often bleached with chlorine to give them that pristine white look. Yes, some pads and tampons are made with cotton—but it tends to be traditionally grown cotton as opposed to organic cotton.
All of this means that there are some chemicals of concern that commonly show up in pads and tampons:
Dioxins and furans: linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and reproductive toxicity. These are byproducts of the bleaching process.
Pesticide residues: linked to cancer. These have been detected in products made with traditionally grown cotton.
Undisclosed fragrance ingredients, which may contain chemicals linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and allergies. Many pads, and sometimes tampons, come in scented varieties.
Here’s what makes this even more serious: pads and tampons come into contact with some of the most sensitive and absorptive skin on women’s bodies. The feminine care we use matters. MADE SAFE makes it easy for you to find safe feminine care. @natracare