Ok, so this post has been a long time coming and I have really wanted to address this topic, and YES, maybe it’s a less pushy attempt to tell my sisters without them thinking, “Here she goes again!! Telling us that we should or shouldn’t be doing or eating!”
In my attempt to live a more natural, toxic free lifestyle, as well as rid all the toxins from my house, I mean did you know that the #1 Poison in the family home is Fabric Softener? Behind that comes Air Fresheners! I have replaced all of these things in my home but now I had to take a deeper look into what else was going into my body.
TAMPONS!!!! (if you’re a man, this is your disclaimer, stop reading unless you care about the women in your life)
Here’s some numbers for you:
10,000- amount the average woman uses of feminine products in her lifetime!
0-number of ingredients required by the FDA to be disclosed to consumers
0-Long term studies that have been conducted on the long term effects of artificial fibers in tampons
Notice that the big feminine care brands do not disclose their ingredients!! Why? They dont have too!
Tampons and pads with odor neutralizers and other artificial fragrances are nothing short of a chemical soup, laced with artificial colors, polyester, adhesives, polyethylene (PET), polypropylene, and propylene glycol (PEG), contaminants linked to hormone disruption, cancer, birth defects, dryness, and infertility.
This is a real problem ladies!!!
Over 90% of the cotton produced in the United States has been genetically modified to be resistant to Round-up (i.e., glyphosate), which is a very powerful herbicide used to kill weeds that compete with cotton for growth.
This means that instead of spraying herbicides at the beginning of the growing cycle, crops can be sprayed repeatedly without harm. So, most cotton tampons—at least 85%, certainly any cotton that is not organic—contain glyphosate, which is problematic because it is a known cancer-causing agent.
Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York has introduced legislation nine times since 1997 that would require manufacturers to be more transparent and disclose the complete makeup of tampons, pads, and other feminine hygiene products. She wants companies to clearly label not only the fabrics used, but also any contaminants, fragrances, colorants, dyes and preservatives. Her bill directs the National Institutes of Health to look at the health effects of these products, because, she says, there is little research in this area.
But her bill has failed to move beyond the floor, every time.
Just announced: Thanks to activists all over the world Tampax has decided to list their ingredients on their labels starting Spring of 2017. A little late in my opinion….
In my quest for a more natural route, because using a cup every month was not going to cut it…I found LOLA!
LOLA is a monthly or bi-monthly subscription program (which I normally don’t like, but hey! beats picking up tampons at the supermarket every month) NO BS!! All organic cotton, no dyes, no fragrance, no toxins!!! Plus they give back! For every LOLA purchase they provide menstrual products to women in need all over the US.
One thing I love about this product is I can customize my box, I don’t know about you but after three kids my flow aint the same as it use to be!! TMI!!! Some times its light and spotty for a few days, then it gets heavy for 3, then back to light. I can customize from light to heavy in my box. Did I mention they work??? YES!! I have used a certain company that their heaviest tampon still prevented me from leaving my house on my heaviest day. LOLA has been amazing!
New customers get a free box when buying 2 plus if when signing up you use my code as a referral you will get $5 off your order! click BELOW to order! I would love to hear what you think!
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