You can get tampons without the plastic adapter to help put less plastic waste in landfills. Like those sold by the o.b. Brand, they claim to save up to one pound of landfill waste per woman, per year by getting rid of applicators. They also claim that 90% of the tampon is a renewable resource when I found that that was not the case according to the FDA.gov website. “Tampon companies don’t mention the tons of herbicides, insecticides, fertilizers, fungicides, and other chemicals used to produce cotton crops in the United States. There is nothing green about chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or wildlife toxicity. Factor in the applicator, and you have all those bloated landfills too” (businesspundit.com). I also read on another website that tampons can even contain dioxin. The most harmful chemical in the world that can cause birth defects we saw on a video we watched in class. Overall I think o.b. Tampon brand is contributing to sin of lesser of two evils. While yes the tampon is still bad, they did get rid of the applicator and that is less evil than having the applicator I guess. A few years ago ob tampon took their ultra model off of the market for unidentified reasons. “One of the more surprising aspects of the story is many people’s relief at the news that o.b. (at least the lower-absorbency varieties, the “Ultra” model has apparently been discontinued, again for unspecified reasons) are now finding their way back onto store shelves. Why are people so willing to return their trust to products that clearly have something very wrong with them and a company that lacks the courtesy or respect to level with their customers about what’s going on”. http://lunapads.com/blog/2011/01/ob-tampon-always-pads-health-safety-update/
Here is the blog post that talks about why the tampons were taken off the shelf. Tell me what you think?


6 thoughts on “TAMPONS!

  1. I honestly have never thought about the environmental issues that tampons bring on. I guess it is probably because it is not a product that I ever use and rarely see. I would think that all of those toxic chemicals would be a problem for not just the environment that the cotton is grown in, but the women consuming the product since it is put into their bodies. Really something I never thought about.


  2. This is something that I have wondered about but never really taken the time to research. When I learned from another class that the cosmetic industry has pretty much zero regulation on the chemicals they use, I started to think about what is in other things around me and tampons were one of those things. If you think about the amount of women in the world who use tampons and pads, it adds up to a lot of waste going to the landfill. The “moon cup” or “diva cup” (a washable, reusable menstrual cup) offers a solution to reduce some of that waste.

    Katie Clontz


  3. This post was really something I had never thought about before. It never occurred to me how much waste, especially plastic waste comes from tampons. Thanks for sharing
    Cori Wolfe


  4. Considering that tampons are used so often I never thought of that to be something environmentally unsafe. It is quite interesting thinking that things we use often should be the things that should be more safe for the environment. As Katie said, cosmetology has no type of regulations on chemicals they use. Great post.
    -Alli Stamper


  5. Yes, I also heard it has a health consequence of using a tampon due to the chemicals used on a product. Many women suffered from toxicity of tampons, but they do not realize, because they start using it at the beginning. There are not many options to make a comparison.

    I have not researched far enough, but this is what I heard.

    Chemical used on tampons makes them absorbent to liquid more than necessary, which may cause to dry up. I am not sure products are tested to prove that has not harmful toxic to human body. I think it should be.

    I heard about cotton cloth tampons as alternatives, but I am not sure it would satisfy customers with today’s life style.

    Jisung Yu


  6. Lots of the applicators get flushed instead of pitched. So what does this mean?

    The maintenance team in our building gets really upset with a toilet is stopped up. in the ladies room it is often the applicator or a tampon.

    If they don’t block toilet, they go into the sewer system, which on a rainy day overflows into our creeks and rivers untreated. When the sewers overflow, everything in the wastewater overflows as well.

    An if the applicator and product make it to the wastewater treatment plant they are skimmed off the top or bottom and then hauled to a landfill.

    MSD offers tours April through October on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sign up for one if you get a chance. Lots of other stuff gets flushed and floats to the top as well.


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