What is the difference between conventional and organic tampon manufacturing processes?
Great question, and one commonly asked of us, so here's some insights for your reading pleasure.
Did you know that our skin is our largest organ? On top of this, it’s highly absorbent and unlike our stomach and saliva, our skin doesn’t have the necessary enzymes and proteins to break down toxins and flush them out of our body. This is a rather scary thought, isn’t it?
Our skin inside and around our vaginal area is supremely delicate and easily absorbs chemicals found in synthetic tampons directly into our bloodstream. Month after month and year after year. Hmmm scary thought, isn’t it?
So all those phthalates, petroleum based chemicals, parabens and aluminium salts found in conventional tampons accumulate in our systems. Something that we are so keen to get you lovely ladies knowing about - and to be aware that there IS an alternative.
You wouldn’t want to put toxic chemicals on your face or body - and your vejayjay is no different. Just because we don’t ‘look at it’, doesn’t mean it’s less important!
Our tampons are made from raw cotton and certified organic by ICEA under the global GOTS Standard. They are proudly bleach free and are washed with environmentally friendly, chemical-free products. Please note, ladies - organic tampons, by nature of their organic-ness won’t be consistent in colour and aren’t the brilliant white of conventional tampons. But hey- bleach-free is a good thing, right?
Manufacturing conventional tampons using the above mentioned chemicals, dyes and synthetic materials is cheaper and more efficient, which is why conventional tampons tend to be a little less expensive.
The conventional manufacturing process is much faster and therefore delivered to market with greater speed.
Organic tampons require the use of more cotton in each tampon (given the absence of synthetic products) and the time from harvesting to delivery is longer. The costs of organic certification are also tied into this and there are rigorous standards and processes that must be adhered to, to make sure that absolute quality is being achieved - to give you lovely ladies certified peace of mind!
We are conscious to package and distribute our Liverpool.St goodness locally, providing employment opportunities and supporting small businesses as much as possible.
Interestingly, there is a collective of extremely smart individuals who are investigating the opportunity of manufacturing organic tampons in Tasmania with profits going to providing feminine hygiene products to women in developing nations. We’re totally on board to help drive this forward. So, watch this space!