A Safer Switch: Tampons & Pads

Welcome to week two of, A SAFER SWITCH!

If you are new to this series let me give you the run-down. Each week I will share ideas on how to switch over specific products to safer, non-toxic but still effective options. We will walk through information on what ingredients you should avoid, safer brands and/or alternatives!

Last week we kicked-off the series with DEODORANT & TOOTHPASTE; you can dive into the full post here!

Today we are diving into FEMININE PRODUCTS.

Did you know that the average woman will use over 16,000 tampons or pads during her lifetime? That is almost 300 pounds of products being added to the environment, and 16,000 exposure points to harmful chemicals per woman! 

As I dived into this topic I quickly saw two points to consider: the environmental element and the ingredient element. While I think both elements are important to consider, only you can decide where you stand on the matter. Personally, while our family makes efforts every day to help our environment, this is one area of life where I opt for connivence. This article helped me come to this decision. Personal decisions aside, I've included options that are not only safer from an ingredient stand point, but also environmentally mindful! Below is a high level list of the top ingredients you should avoid when picking tampons or pads as well as a few great options for the next time Aunt Flow arrives!

  • Rayon: There are four synthetic ingredients commonly associated with increasing the likelihood of Toxic Shock Syndrome; rayon, polyester, carboxymethylcellulose and plolyacrylate rayon. While the last three listed have been taken off the market, rayon is still found in most tampons on the market today.  
  • Dioxion: This is a result of chlorine processing and is linked to hormone and immune system disruption. According the the EPA, there is NO SAFE LEVEL OF EXPOSURE TO DIOXIN. 
  • Non-organic Cotton: Most cotton is treated with pesticides and herbicides to protect it's growth. The issue here is that most of the cotton used in our tampons and pads still contain these chemicals! This is why it is SO VERY IMPORTANT to use products with 100% organic cotton!
  • Fragrance: Anytime I see "fragrance" listed in any product, I run! One fragrance can include hundreds of chemicals and companies are under no requirement to share what ingredients are included under the umbrella of "fragrance".
  • Chlorine: Chlorine is used in the bleaching processes and does produce trace amounts of dioxins in the process.
  • BPA: BPA is a hormone-disrupting chemical that comes from producing plastic, and it has been linked to cancer. When searching with tampons, make sure the applicator is BPA-free. 
SAFER Options
There are many great, safe feminine hygiene products on the market today. Below are two standard tampon and pad options, along with one reusable and environmentally sound option. I hope this is helpful!

  1. LOLA: Lola is a monthly subscription service offering tampon, pads and liners to their customers. Their products contain one ingredient, 100% organic cotton, and are shipped directly to your door each month which is incredible. Right now they are offering 15% off your first subscription order! MORE INFORMATION HERE.
  2. NatraCare: NatraCare is a middle ground when it comes to safer ingrediants that are also better for the environment. Their products are made from renewable, natural materials including organic cotton, bioplastics (made from plant startch) and wood pulp. The can be found at some stores and on Amazon for a few dollars less than Lola products. MORE INFORMATION HERE.
  3. The Diva Cup: The Diva Cup is a sustainable, easy-to-use, cost effective and eco-friendly menstrual cup. You can see a full run-down on this product here, but many uses (including my sister) noted that while there was a learning curve on how to use and care for the product, it was extremely effective and met their monthly needs. MORE INFORMATION HERE.
Alright friends, I hope week two was helpful and informative! Make sure to come back next week for a full run-down on your laundry essentials! 


  1. Just signed up for the Lola subscription - thank you for doing your 'Safer Switch' posts. They really help me with moving towards a more non-toxic life!

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