We only ever use certified organic cotton that is certified organic to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), for two main reasons:
Healthy for you
You avoid unnecessary exposure to pesticides and other potentially toxic residues. Choosing organic cotton and other certified organic products for your personal care means you reduce exposure to pesticide residues. A study by the FDA office of Women’s Health, published in 2005, found detectable levels of dioxins in 7 brands of tampons. Even low levels of dioxin give cause for concern because tampons come into contact with some of the most absorbent tissue in the body. Just a few parts per trillion in body fat can have serious health effects. Natracare certified organic cotton tampons were also tested and did not contain any dioxin residuals.
Better for others
There are enormous benefits for farmers and growers of organic cotton, many of whom are women. By engaging in organic agriculture, women gain their own income, and as they are responsible for the education of their children, this independent income is incredibly important. Choosing organic cotton avoids women’s exposure to pesticides, which can cause serious health problems including infertility and birth defects.
Find out more about cotton’s dirty secrets from The Soil Association