When Emerita started reading conventional tampon boxes and saw what was in themΓÇörayon, polyester, fiber finishesΓÇöthey were surprised, but after learning about the processing these ingredients go through Emerita was shocked! So Emerita decided women deserve an education, and a smarter choiceΓÇÓ100% Organic Cotton Tampons. Emerita's 100% Organic Cotton Tampons are also rayon-free and hypoallergenic, which means less risk of irritation. The applicator of Emerita's 100% Organic Cotton Tampon is made of biodegradable cardboard and has a smooth, rounded tip for easy insertion. Women deserve a choice, and they deserve cotton.
You Buy Organic Produce. Why Not Organic Tampons?
The average woman will use 12,000 tampons in her lifetime. What you put in your body matters. All tampons are not created equal. Very few are organic cotton. And most have other ingredients in them. So read labels and know what you're buying.
- 100% Organic Cotton - means no pesticide residue.
- Chlorine-Free - means no traces of dioxin, a carcinogen, from the chlorine bleaching process.
- Fragrance-Free - means no chemical perfumes.
Why aren't all tampons made this way? Emerita doesn't know.
Feminine Hygeine Products Are Not All Created Equal.
The vagina is a delicate place. It's like a little ecosystem with its own balance of good bacteria. And it's one of the most chemically absorbent places in the body. Which is why Emerita makes sure to use the highest-quality ingredients available in their products.
When it comes to tampons and pads, what's health got to do with it?
A lot, it turns out. Here are 8 reasons you (and your daughters, sisters and friends) just may want to change your brand. Tampons and pads are probably the last thing you want to think about, right? Out of sight, out of mind! Unfortunately, itΓÇÖs what youΓÇÖre not thinking about that could be the problem.
As the women of Emerita set out to launch a new brand of tampons and pads, here are a few things they learned along the way:
1: Most tampons and pads are not made of cotton.
Emerite asked a number of women what they think their tampons are made of, and without exception, they heard the word ΓÇ£cotton.ΓÇØ And, true, if you read the ingredient label on your tampon box (be forewarned: youΓÇÖll need a magnifying glass), it probably lists cotton ΓÇô along with a bunch of other ingredients, like rayon, polyester, polyethylene, perfume, and something referred to as ΓÇ£fiber finishes,ΓÇØ whatever they are. Cotton is naturally breathable, hypoallergenic and absorbent. Companies are going to a lot of trouble to manufacture materials that are kind of like cotton, but when all is said and done, they simply are not cotton.
2: That vaginal itching you experience from time to time may have something to do with the kind of pads or tampons you use.
Your vagina is like an ecosystem and it doesnΓÇÖt take much to upset its delicate balance. Health experts agree: the number one way to avoid yeast infections? Wear cotton underwear. They also suggest avoiding scented tampons and pads. Cotton is naturally breathable and naturally wicks moisture.
3: Toxic Shock Syndrome did not go away after Rely Tampons were taken off the market back in the early ΓÇý80s.
Every box of tampons sold in the United States carries a warning label as a result of a wave of Toxic Shock Syndrome deaths in the late 1970s that were linked to the use of super-absorbent tampons. One brand of tampons associated with the outbreakΓÇöRelyΓÇöwas taken off the market, and warning labels were made mandatory. But Toxic Shock Syndrome (often referred to as TSS) didnΓÇÖt go away. It just didnΓÇÖt make big news any more. The warning labels state that the incidence of TSS is 17 in 100,000 women. But because the symptoms of TSS resemble the flu, it may be under-reported.
In the 1990s another round of menstrual TSS research was done, and this time it showed that the TSS bacteria grew in tampons made with rayon, but not in cotton tampons. The independent studyΓÇÖs lead researcher, Dr. Philip Tierno, has advocated against rayon tampons ever since.
And TSS is in the news again lately, the result of a social media campaign started by family and friends of Amy Elifritz, a 20-year-old whose death has been linked to menstrual TSS.
4: The rayon in your tampons may contain minute traces of dioxin, a carcinogen.
Cotton is required to be processed with Totally Chlorine-Free methods, but rayon isnΓÇÖt. Rayon undergoes a chlorine-bleaching process that has been shown to leave behind tiny, tiny traces of dioxin. There have not yet been long-term studies on the health effects of this, so no one knows what the results of those thousands of trace exposures could be. So if you donΓÇÖt want to take chances, choose 100% cotton tampons.
5: Organic Tampons = Pesticide-free.
What you put in your body matters. Conventionally-produced cotton is one of the most-heavily sprayed crops on the planet. Organic cotton isnΓÇÖt just friendlier for the environment, itΓÇÖs friendlier for you. Enough said.
6: Typical tampons tend to shed fibers more readily than cotton tampons.
Put one of Emerita's 100% Organic Cotton Tampons in a water glassΓÇÓ and place a typical tampon in another water glassΓÇÓand watch what happens. Over the course of an hour or so, youΓÇÖll notice the other tampon is shedding fibers. Tampons should be about removing stuff from your body, not leaving stuff behind, right? Emerita's tampons are designed for minimal fiber loss, because when fibers are left behind, thereΓÇÖs a chance for bacteria to grow on them. Eww!
In the glass on the left sits a conventional tampon, on the right a 100% Organic Cotton tampon. Both have been sitting in the water glasses for the same amount of time.