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Organic tampons: what you need to know

You see organic products everywhere. Deodorant, skin care, tampons. But should you take a closer look just because it’s on the shelf?

Are there actually any benefits? And what does organic actually mean? We’ve all heard the rumours at some stage or other than some organic veg is just the same as the others with a bit of mud rubbed on it. Are we having the wool pulled over our eyes with organic tampons?

If something is going into your body, and one of the most sensitive parts of your body, we think you should know a bit more than which size you need to pick.

We chatted with Ohne, the only organic tampon delivery service in the UK to have been certified by both the Soil Association and Global Organic Textile Standard.

What's the difference between non-organic and organic tampons?

First up, the similarities: they’re used in the same way. You need to change them regularly, choose the appropriate size for your flow, and the use of both carries a risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome.

Organic tampons? 100% cotton. Full-stop. With none of the added chemicals of non-organic tampons.

Ohne's organic tampons “do not contain synthetic fibres, chemical additives, fragrance, dyes, chlorine bleach, residues of pesticides or herbicides.” And, given that they are the only organic tampon delivery service in the UK to have been certified by both the Soil Association and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), we’re quite happy to trust their definition.

Non-organic tampons? Synthetic materials that are claimed to encourage development of hormone imbalances and other conditions including cancer.

But are there actually health benefits to using organic tampons?

Support your efforts to reduce chemical exposure

First things first. Both organic and non-organic tampons are on the shelves and have been approved as safe to use.

Jen Gunter, a leading gynaecologist and columnist for the New York Times, writes in detail about this on her blog, and reiterates that the amount of chemicals you might absorb from non-organic tampons and pads is negligible and inconsequential. Many women have used these tampons for years with no ill-effects.

However, many believe that exposure to these chemicals can affect one’s system. This camp highlight that the average woman uses approximately 11,000 tampons over her lifetime. This cumulative exposure to irritants and synthetic materials is notable, and is cited as contributing to hormone imbalances, and conditions such as endometriosis.

Bottom line? If you don’t want to risk it, and don’t like the idea of being exposed to synthetic ingredients and chemicals found in non-organic tampons, switch to organic.

Not likely to cause irritation

One thing’s for sure. Use organic if you experience irritation with non-organic tampons. 55% of people who have tried organic cotton-based products experience less rashes and irritation.

Are there any other benefits of organic tampons?

More eco-friendly

Because there is less plastic used in production. At Ohne, tampon wrappings, boxes, and shipping bags are recyclable and/or biodegradable. At the moment, the only plastic in the entire company is the thin, hypo-allergenic wrap on the non-applicator tampons which, to date, there is no replacement for.

Our tampons are 100% organic and biodegradable, with recycled, biodegradable, and recyclable and compostable packaging from the applicator to the delivery bags.

Click here for more information about Ohne, and about having organic tampons delivered straight to your door.


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