A friend sent me the following video and I just had to share it with you all. I have spoken about the potential dangers of using commercial feminine hygiene products, especially in my blog series “Plugging it All Up” from earlier this year, and this video really summarizes some of these dangers visually. I will link my previous posts on this subject matter at the bottom, in case you are interesting in exploring this more!
In the video below, Andrea Donsky of Naturally Savvy, does an experiment where she lights two disposable menstrual pads on fire; one commercial pad, made by the brand Always and an organic pad made with natural materials, by the brand Natracare.
Watch the video below, and then scroll down for my personal takeaways after watching the video!
A few of my takeaways
First of all, in the video Andrea dishes out the heavy hitting fact that because commercial feminine hygiene products are considered a “medical device”, they aren’t legally required to list their ingredients. How convenient for them. I didn’t know that commercial feminine hygiene products were considered “medical devices” in advance to this video, so that was a bit of insightful data for me. It does not surprise me however. I mean, why would they want to share that these products are made from crude oil plastics?
I found the difference in which the two pads burned really interesting. It only makes sense that the Always pad burns quickly, due to the plastic in it being made from crude oil. The black smoke and huge flames were also indicative to me of the highly flammable materials inside of it. The Natracare pad burned slowly, and almost seemed like its flame was going to go out multiple times. This of course makes sense, considering it is made largely of wood pulp, and wood burns slowly. Also, the flames of the burning Natracare were very subtle and did not seem to be giving off the same black smoke that the Always pad did.
There are lots of articles to be found on the internet regarding the toxic chemicals that can be found in commercial feminine hygiene products, though I have yet to find many scientific studies specific to the toxic nature of these products. There are plenty of studies on the some of the specific chemicals found in some of the commercial products, like dioxin, asbestos, flame retardants, chemical based fragrances, etc. so these suffice to show us the dangers for the most part. I found it particularly validating to see for myself the effects of what happened with the burning pads in the video, as it appeared to confirm my suspicions and other people’s statements about the toxicity of these commercial products. Instinctively it totally makes sense that the chemical ridden products would burn that way, and it feels like another level of proof of the scary ingredients in products like these.
We have options
Thank the freaking goddess we don’t have to use these commercial products if we don’t want to! I personally love using organic cotton reusable pads, that I simply wash after use and get many months of use out of. I like to replace my cloth pads yearly, or just a bit longer than that, but when taken great care of they can last for multiple years.
Here are some of the brands of organic reusable pads I recommend:
Moon Bees - Organic hemp/cotton reusable pads
Glad Rags - 100% organic cotton reusable pads
Imse Vimse - 100% organic cotton reusable pads
I personally use a set of cream colored pads from Moon Bees.
Get more info!
The video above was linked in a great article that Dr. Mercola wrote on the dangers of commercial feminine hygiene products. The article by Mercola was really well written and informative, so click here to read his article “Women Beware: Most Feminine Hygiene Products Contain Toxic Ingredients”.
As I mentioned at the start of this posted, here are links to my previous blog posts on the topic of the implications of using commercial feminine hygiene products:
I want to hear from you… What were your top two takeaways from this video? Share in the comments below, and let’s get a dialogue going on this charged and controversial topic! Lets invest our dollars in products that support and encourage our health and well-being as women, and spread the word to help more women worldwide receive this crucial information. I want to see women worldwide using organic reusable cloth pads!
Thank you as always for taking the time to read!
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