Strap yourselves in ladies, this article is important reading and whilst we've tried to keep short and sharp, this is a question many of you ask so we thought we'd put the spotlight on it for you.
All tampons, organic or conventional, need to be registered with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). This body regulates suppliers and ensures manufacturing and advertising standards are adhered to in Australia. We must supply scientifically tested product reports ensuring that our tampons meet absorbency and quality control standards. (Yes, breathe easy, of course we are certified!)
The classification of tampons differs from country to country. In some countries (including the USA and Australia) tampons are considered medical devices, in others including Europe & the UK they aren't. Medical devices in Australia aren't required to list their ingredients on the side of packaging, one of the reasons you don't know what's in your tampon. See our previous article on why you should most definitely care about what's going in your box!
Ok back to organic: Technically the definition is:
ORGANIC: (of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals.
Interestingly, in Australia, the organic industry isn’t regulated by a governmental body. There are a number of organic certifiers in Australia that have varying standards and requirements to meet before a product can be formally certified as organic in Australia. This is why you might see different logos on different products - it depends on the Association or Organic body with which the products have been certified.
Generally, they all follow the global GOTS Standard (The Global Organic Textile Standard).This is the standard to which textiles are regulated on a global scale. GOTS contemplates having a clean, chemical free processing and manufacturing procedures. The standards are applied across the numerous processes, from planting, growing and cultivating through to harvesting, manufacturing and delivering the raw cotton into textiles and tampons. This standard considers not only the clean nature of the final product, but also the short and long term environmental impact on the planet. (We'll cover this off in another post) Minimising chemical processing results in a cleaner final product and a smaller carbon footprint, from production to disposal, on our planet.
Our Liverpool St tampons are certified to the Global Textile Standard. So you can rest assured that you are putting the cleanest product possible inside your hoo-hah every month! Phew.