In the last three parts of ‘Toxic tampon’ we’ve covered asbestos, dioxins and TSS. If you want to be really sure about the chemicals and toxins in your tampon, you could of course send it to a laboratory to be researched. A bit complex and very expensive. Luckily there’s an easier way to see how chemical your tampon or sanitary pad is: set it on fire.
Up in flames
That’s what Andrea Donsky from Narurally Savvy did. She set fire to both an Always Infinity sanitary pad and one of the brand Natracare. On the video you’ll notice that the Always pad burns rapidly, with loads of black smoke and big flames. The 100% cotton Natracare pad hardly burns. It also doesn’t leave a mess of black residue on the plate. See for yourself on You Tube.
Do the test
Would making a fire in your garden anger your neighbours? You can also simulate the conditions in your vagina. Stick an unused tampon in a clean glass of warm water and leave it there for a couple of hours (the same time you’d normally leave a tampon in). Depending on the brand you’ll see that the water isn’t clear anymore, but cloudy. And that numerous little threads are floating around in the water. Then ask yourself, do I want this in my vagina?