Annie and Margo are menstrual revolutionaries who couldn’t find a high quality tampon they could trust. Passionate about ingredient transparency, product quality and access to period products among low income women, they co-founded Conscious Period to transform an industry ripe for innovation.
SO WHAT'S IN MY TAMPONS ANYWAY?
Tampons go inside of a woman’s body for 50,000 hours throughout her life but most women have no idea what they are made of. They might look like cotton, but really they are usually made from synthetic fiber blends that are treated with harmful chemicals, bleaches, and dyes. To make matters worse, the FDA classifies tampons as medical device so companies are not required to label their ingredients at all.
WHY IS ORGANIC COTTON BETTER?
Cotton is the best material for tampons because of its long fibers, high absorbency, and breathability. However, cotton is one of the most highly sprayed crops in the world. 85% of GMO cotton is sprayed with pesticides that contain glyphosate, a known carcinogen. Organic cotton is free of herbicides, pesticides, chlorine and bleach. Plus, the environmental footprint of organic cotton is far superior!
WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THE TAMPON TAX?
In 38 out of 50 states, tampons and pads are taxed as luxury items and, as every woman knows, these products are definitely not a luxury! Repealing this tax in every state is one step in a larger policy agenda to increase government assistance for these essential items, require ingredient labeling, and provide period products in schools, prisons, hospitals, and service providers across the country.