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?