If you’ve been reading any of the articles that I’ve been reading recently, then you may have heard a few surprising things about the products that we buy for our ‘time of the month’. From reports about trusted tampon brands, to what these products are actually made of and what’s added to them. It’s all a little bit worrying…
Alongside these scary articles, you may have also stumbled upon a brand called Time of The Month…
If you don’t already know much about them then it’s time you did!
To start off simply, Time of The Month sell only organic, 100% cotton sanitary products. They’re conscious of the environment and how sanitary products can affect it (more on this below) and just as importantly, they’re conscious about the health of their customers!
So it’s time to educate ourselves on the sanitary products we use. I had never thought of any of this before I discovered TOTM but I’m so glad I did as I’ve realised just how important it is!
Non-organic tampons are made of ‘Rayon’ which is made from wood pulp. The Rayon is then bleached with chlorine (yes, you read that right) and sometimes more chemicals are added to the product to make it more absorbent and scented. Really? Unfortunately, yes.
The chlorine bleaching process used to manufacture conventional sanitary products is also known to create dioxins. The World Health Organisation states that “Dioxins are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer.”
I’m really not trying to scare you girls, I was as shocked as you when I first read about this. The good thing is, organic, 100% cotton tampons and sanitary products from brands like TOTM literally cannot harm you and using them means you’ll avoid horrible pesticides, herbicides and insecticides which are used in the growing of non-organic materials.
Since we use between 11,000 and 17,000 sanitary products in our life time, switching to 100% organic is SO worth it.
- Made from non-GM organic cotton
- 100% free from pesticides, chemical fertilisers, perfume and chlorine bleach
- 100% hypoallergenic and compatible with your bodies natural PH
- TOTM tampons won’t leave any fibres behind (thanks to the non-woven veil that protects the absorbent core).
Below is a scary image you may have already seen on social media which shows just how much bleached, chemical ridden fluff (?) tampons can leave behind. Luckily for us, TOTM tampons leave nada and the materials used are much, much kinder in the first place.
Now let’s talk about the environment and how sanitary products are affecting it.
So the Rayon used in conventional sanitary products is a man made fibre created from cellulose wood pulp (huh?) Lemme explain… basically, to get the product, quite a few trees are chopped down and half of the tree is wasted during this process.
Most sanitary pads are made from synthetic materials like polypropylene and these are not biodegradable. Ew. Sanitary pads can also contain the same amount of plastic as 4, yes FOUR carrier bags. That realllllly bothers me seeing as I hate buying even one wasteful 5p carrier bag when I’ve forgotten my own bags!!
Anyway, these products aren’t biodegradable and they can hang around the planet for legit years. Plastic tampon applicators are also a bloody nightmare as they can take 25 years to break down into the sea, which means in the meantime, marine wildlife are eating them thinking they’re food and dying.
This is just all too stressful to process isn’t it?
Thankfully, this blog post comes with a solution – TOTM!
- They would NEVER use chemically treated wood pulp – it’s a process that wastes 50% of the tree.
- They only use 100% non-GM, certified organic cotton grown without chemical fertilisers or pesticides.
- Their products are manufactured in Europe and all the people involved in making our products are paid fairly and well looked after.
- Their products are free from chlorine bleach.
- Because TOTM products are made from organic cotton, and because they love wildlife and HATE plastic waste, their tampons come with a cardboard applicator and are 100% biodegradable. Phew.
Want to know more? Just head to the Time of The Month website where you can order products to arrive conveniently every month!
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Note: This is not a sponsored post. I really do care about the health of us girls and the environment!