Feminine Care Products: Safe List

According to Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE)—a nonprofit orgranization working to eliminate the toxic chemicals that harm our health and communities—feminine products, like pads, tampons, wipes, wash, sprays, and douche can contain unregulated toxic chemicals like carcinogens, reproductive toxins, hormone disruptors, and allergens. The FDA considers tampons and pads to be “medical devices” and therefore they are not required to list ingredients. WVE specifically calls out Tampax and Always. These, along with the many other feminine care products contain what WVE refers to as “chemicals of concern.” On safe list are brands that have “detoxed the box.” In other words, they list all ingredients and have committed to make products without toxic chemicals.

» Read the feature article, “Chemical Reaction,” from the winter 2015 Alumnae Quarterly.

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