We only use organic cotton certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTs). This means the cotton we use is healthier for you, workers and the planet.
Cotton is the world’s most heavily sprayed crop. Choosing organic reduces your exposure to pesticides.
Organic provides a fair wage, good working conditions and avoids chemicals that cause serious health problems.
Pesticide use in conventional farming is linked to ill health such as infertility and birth defects in nearby communities. Farmers are often locked into expensive contracts with big corporations. Did you know 95% of the cotton seed market is owned by GMO giant Monsanto-Bayer?1
Organic guarantees farmers freedom of crop choice and the ability to save seeds.
Cotton production uses $2 billion worth of pesticides each year, and accounts for 16% of global insecticide use – more than any other single crop. Studies have found detectable levels of dioxins and glyphosate in many brands of tampons.2 Both are carcinogenic chemicals and have no place in tampons, not even in trace amounts.
Organic guarantees cotton grows without the use of hazardous pesticides, insecticides or herbicides.
Natracare tampons are independently tested to ensure they are free from harm. What’s more, 100% cotton tampons reduce the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) compared to cotton/rayon blend and all-rayon tampons.3
Women farmers and cotton pickers on organic farms gain their own income at a fair wage. Independent income is important for women, and has hugely beneficial knock-on effects on the education and livelihoods of their children and the whole community.4
This is why we will only ever use certified organic cotton.
Take comfort in using certified 100% organic cotton tampons – they are some of most intimate products you will ever use.
Research and Further Reading:
2) Dioxin and Furan Levels Found in Tampons. Jeffrey C. Archer, Ronald Mabry-Smith, Sina Shoj/aee, Jimmy Threet, John J. Eckert, Vincent E. Litman.
3) Propensity of Tampons and Barrier Contraceptives to Amplify Staphylococcus aureus Toxic Shock Syndrome Toxin-I. Philip M. Tierno, Jr. and Bruce A. Hanna.
4) The Soil Association – Have You Cottoned On?