Can You Flush Biodegradable Tampons?

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Did you know using conventional tampons means you’re sticking harmful chemicals and materials up your vagina? We know – it’s not a particularly pleasant way to put it, but it’s just true. There is a solution though! Organic and biodegradable tampons are a much healthier and environmentally-friendly alternative to use instead.

What are biodegradable tampons made of?

Biodegradable tampons contain only plant-based materials that can break down into natural components. Natracare tampons are made of nothing but 100% organic cotton; free from pesticides and unnecessary chemicals. Using this material means that you know exactly what you’re putting into your body.

Can you flush biodegradable tampons?

No. Although some tampons are biodegradable, they take time to degrade.
In theory, it’s fine to flush compostable and biodegradable tampons, however, most water-waste systems simply can’t cope with items such as tampons. They can accumulate over time and block drains, potentially flooding homes and gardens.

You should only ever flush the three Ps; pee, poo and paper.

Find out more about the negative effects of flushing tampons.

Are organic biodegradable tampons compostable?

Yes, biodegradable tampons are compostable! They are made from only natural, plant-based materials such as organic cotton. They will break down under the correct composting conditions back into natural plant-based matter.

How long does it take for organic tampons to decompose?

According to Liz Sutton from the Women’s Environmental Network, organic tampons take around 6 months to decompose.

How to dispose of organic tampons

If you use natural tampons for your time of the month, disposing of them is easy!

  1. Composting – as biodegradable tampons only contain plant-based materials, they will be compostable. Make sure you create the correct conditions in your compost bin.
  2. Bin it – if you don’t want to compost your tampons, seal them in a compostable bag instead and throw them away with your rubbish. If you’re in a public bathroom with no sanitary bin, wrap it up in some loo roll and put them in a bag until you can find a bin.
  3. Recycle the packaging – Our tampons come in 100% recyclable cardboard, so make sure you throw yours into the recycling bin!

From period pads to liners, check out our entire collection of organic and biodegradable menstrual products here!

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