Ah, your favorite comfy shirt. It’s probably made of soft cotton, right? Not some rough synthetic fiber! Now, consider what you’re putting in your underwear during that time. Are you sticking uncomfortable, itchy pads between those fine legs of yours?
From menstrual cups to period panties, women have a range of options to ensure there’s no embarrassing leakage. But if you’re a traditionalist who enjoys using pads during your period, we’ve got you! The question is… why choose organic cotton products over anything else?
Organic cotton is safer for your body.
Traditional pads and liners are typically made with non-breathable, manmade fibers. These products contain dioxins, known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). In short, they take a long time to break down in the environment. And, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), dioxins are highly toxic and can cause cancer, reproductive and developmental problems (including endometriosis, painful periods and infertility), damage to the immune system, and interference with hormones.
In fact, these chemicals are so harmful that Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney introduced a bill to Congress called the Robin Danielson Feminine Hygiene Product Safety Act of 2019. This bill calls on the FDA to monitor dioxin levels and for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to do more research into the risks posed to those exposed.
Cotton organic pads and liners allow your delicate skin to not only grab some air but stay dry as well. You won’t feel icky, plus you’ll be at less risk of skin irritation. Additionally, you’ll have a lower risk for bacterial and fungal infections; these tend to be more prevalent when airflow is limited.
Standard pads are mostly made of plastic, with little to no cotton content, making them feel rough or itchy against the skin. Not only are cotton pads breathable, but they’re softer and more comfortable to wear during both day and night!
Mother Nature and cotton farmers will thank you.
When you buy organic cotton period products, not only are you helping the environment (yay!) but you’re keeping cotton farmers in business too! According to researchers at the Global Sustainability Institute, a regular non-organic pad can take up to 800 years to break down! That’s a bloody long time. And as plastic makes up such a large amount of these products, they will never truly biodegrade.
Also, organic cotton farming doesn’t require pesticides which means there’s no harm in killing off bees, birds, and insects vital to our ecosystem. Natural pads also use significantly less water and energy for manufacturing than standard pads do. With our products, you don’t have to worry about having a negative impact on the environment.
No matter your reasoning, The PMS Club encourages you to try the organic version of your go-to period products. If you’re looking to make the switch to organic cotton, we offer a range of products from organic pads to panty liners and more. Try them out today!