It always feels a little risqué to write about things like this, but feminine hygiene is a natural, regular and frequent purchase for all women, and thus the subject of finding sustainable options ought to be talked about without any kind of taboo.
As part of Organic Beauty week, I thought it would be useful to go into why organic feminine hygiene products are probably the most important organic purchase any woman could make. Did you know that a sizeable percentage of regular tampons or pads are made from plastic? Considering how big the movement away from BPA plastics has been for consumables, you’d have thought that these more intimate products would have had their time too – especially seeing as the average woman uses more than 11,000 tampons in her lifetime.
That’s why I’ve been going organic for a while now – organic cotton is not only the most natural option around, it also supports the environment, and prevents cotton-field workers from being exposed to harsh chemicals too. I’ve recently come across Organyc’s feminine hygiene range*, and I’m delighted to find out that their tampons are 100% Soil Association certified organic cotton – making them biodegradable too. As for their pads – they’re made with a mix of organic cotton, and biodegradable biopolymer, also making them biodegradable.
The sustainability benefits are two-fold, too. Reducing waste is often one of the first goals to have when ‘going green’, but do we ever really think of the bathroom? Even the idea of having a recycling bin in there is a little bit out of the ordinary, but it’s surprising the amount of paper and card used in that teeny tiny room! This is the other side of why I really love Organyc’s range – all its packaging is made from cardboard or paper, which is perfect for composting or recycling.
Needless to say, I’ve found there to be no difference between these organic products and ‘regular’ ones, plus they’re very similar in price, although I’d recommend buying online and in bulk!