Make One Change Oct 2019: Use Organic Menstrual Products

Our change this October was to switch to organic menstrual products. If you wouldn’t put petrol, or plastic under your tongue, then don’t put it in your vagina!

If you’re a woman, you don’t need to be told that your vagina is both extremely sensitive and extremely important. You might not know that it is also extremely absorbent, which makes what we put inside ourselves extremely powerful. In the same way medication under your tongue can be absorbed in to your blood stream, so too does objects in your vagina leech chemicals in to your body. For these reasons, our change for October was to go organic – as there weren’t really any perfect alternatives.

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What chemicals are you looking out for in your menstrual products? Unregulated toxic chemicals in feminine care products may result in serious health problems, like increased risk of breast cancer, reproductive problems, asthma, and allergic reactions. Chemicals of concern commonly used in feminine care products include carcinogens, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, and allergens… YET they are not required to list them… And while we don't argue that these products probably only contain trace elements of these chemicals, we don't KNOW for sure… and while we don't argue that they're probably "safe" (like they won't kill you immediately, which seems to be the definition used by the FDA), we don't KNOW what the cumulative effect of exposure to these chemicals from a wide range of places is… So. Control what you can. Organic tampons and pads ladies. Full article https://www.womensvoices.org/menstrual-care-products/chem-fatale-report/chem-fatale-fact-sheet/ @womensvoices #makeonechangeoct19

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Environmenstrual facts! Women use more than 11,000 disposable menstrual products in their lifetime – based on average of 38 years of menstruation using 22 items of sanitary products per cycle, 13 cycles per year. Statista estimated that in 2016, an estimated 1.8 million women (aged 15+) in the UK used 25 or more menstrual towels a month. Average menstrual flow is around 85g per cycle. Barely enough to fill a small teacup. Most women and people who menstruate will do so for on average of 38 years and have approx. 500 periods in their lifetime. There are around 18 million women of menstruating age in the UK. Disposal of single use menstrual products – tampons, pads and applicators generates 200,000 tonnes of waste per year. Full article and references from @wen_uk : https://www.wen.org.uk/environmenstrual-in-numbers #makeonechangeoct19 #environmenstrual

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Are organic pads and tampons worth the cost according to an OB-GYN: https://helloflo.com/matter-whether-pads-tampons-organic/ “Have you ever thought of how conventional tampons and pads get to be so white? Chloride dioxide is used to bleach them, producing dioxins, which are by-products of bleaching,” Orbuch tells SheKnows. “The EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] concludes that dioxin exposure is linked with the possibility of inducing cancer, acting as an endocrine disruptor, altering the immune system and possibly causing reproductive problems.” "According to Orbuch, exposure to dioxins can be one of the causes of endometriosis — a condition that affects 10 to 12 percent of people who menstruate, resulting painful periods, infertility and a whole host of other symptoms." @helloflo @sheknows #makeonechangeoct19

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If you go down the period proof knickers route, then choose a brand with the highest natural fibre content. You may have to ask… #Repost @shethinx • • • • • ☁️ ORGANIC COTTON GIVEAWAY ☁️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Did you know that conventionally grown cotton uses more pesticides than any other crop in the world? It is estimated that each year cotton producers use as much as 25% of the world's pesticides, making it the dirtiest crop in the world. Pesticides are known to be endocrine-disrupting and carcinogenic. Do you want those chemicals touching your skin? Didn't think so.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We've joined forces with our friends at @mate_the_label to bring you the ultimate 'head to toe' Organic Cotton experience. We think every garment that touches your skin should be made from non-toxic fibers, even if you're the only one that gets a peek. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To Enter:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Like both brands, posts to be in the draw, and tag a friend below so they can enter too!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Winner will receive:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ $250 gift card to @mate_the_label and a three-pair Organic Cotton set from Thinx. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on 10/25 at noon PST. *U.S. residents only. #makeonechangeoct19

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These ones are a NZ company and high cotton content #makeonechangeoct19 #Repost @iameva_periodproofunderwear • • • • • Tip: remember when you are washing your I am Eva undies – do not use fabric softener! This stops them absorbing your flow like they should! 😱 Just rinse under a cold tap until the water runs clear and then pop into the wash, using a delicates bags if you have one. ⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #iameva #iamevaperiodswimwear #iamevaperiodunderwear⁠ #swimwear #bikini #periodproofswim #summertime #waterbaby #kiwisummer #nzbusiness #bringonsummer #pool #beachtime #atthebeach #female #femaleceo #feminist #feminism #wokewomen #wokeaf #raiseyourvibrations #goodvibes #higherliving #liveyourlife #liveyourtruth #girlpower #weallbleed ⁠

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