How awesome is it that these ladies are singing and dancing about toxic chemicals in tampons and pads? Seriously, this is creative and brave of Women’s Voices for the Earth– to bring much needed attention to a way that millions of teens and women are exposed to harmful chemicals. Just think, most girls start this exposure in their early teens with their periods, and spend 30 years with monthly and regular exposure. So just what is the problem?
Procter & Gamble, makers of Tampax and Always, don’t list any of the ingredients in those products—not on the label, not on the website, not anywhere. That’s because pads and tampons are regulated as “medical devices” and not “personal care products,” which means that companies aren’t required by law to disclose any of the ingredients used in these products.
Here’s why this is a serious problem:
- Test results show dioxins, furans and pesticide residues in tampons, which have been linked to cancer, reproductive harm, and hormone disruption.
- Studies link menstrual pad use to vulvar allergic rash in some women. Both adhesive chemicals like methyldibromo glutaronitrile and fragrances used in pads have been identified as causes of these allergic rashes.
- Fragrance is commonly used in pads and tampons, and all fragrance ingredients are kept secret. We know that Procter & Gamble (makers of Tampax and Always) uses harmful chemicals like styrene, pyridine and methyleugenol (linked cancer) and synthetic musks like galaxolide and tonalide (potential hormone disruptors linked to increased risk of breast cancer) in their fragrances.
The harmful chemicals in these products come into contact with some of the most sensitive skin on our bodies!
Toxic chemicals don’t belong in feminine products. Period. They especially don’t belong in the top-selling brands Tampax and Always, where they have the potential to harm the health of the millions of women using those pads and tampons.
Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) needed a fun way to get this message across to as many women as possible. After all, our health is at stake.
Watch Detox the Box, WVE’s latest and greatest spoof video with a hard-hitting message telling Tampax and Always to drop the toxics and list all ingredients.
Please share this music video with the women in your life. Together, we can convince the top-selling pad and tampon brands that toxic chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive harm, and hormone disruption.