By David Saunders, Health Editor
Albany Mae’s organic tampons are used from 100% organic cotton which means that no pesticides or insecticides are used. Intensive farming methods can cause toxins to be found in rain, ground water, streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.
Studies by the UK government show that pesticide concentrations exceed those allowable for drinking water in some samples of river water and groundwater. The use of pesticides decreases the general biodiversity in the soil. Soil quality is higher without chemicals and this allows for higher water retention, necessary for plants to grow. This has an impact on our environment and the species that are dependent on these habitats to survive.
Promoting tampons without an applicator means decreasing single use plastic. On UK beaches there are nine plastic tampon applicators found per kilometre, according to the Women’s Environmental Network. Single-use plastics are common across popular tampon brands in applicators, packaging and even inside the tampons.
The plastics that are found include both polyethylene, the most common form of plastic, and polypropylene, which is the plastic used in teabags and chocolate bar wrappers.