Organyc tampons; 16 for $6.99The ingredients used to make my feminine hygiene products aren't something I think about all the time. Okay, so I think of them never. I have no idea what they're made of -- I guess because I assumed they were cotton or some type of natural material. And I'm a sensitive skin person. I break out in hives at the drop of a hat. This should be important to me.
Truth is, most pads are made of a combination of cotton and rayon, which I like having in my clothes but I'm not sure what that means for such an intimate spot. The outer covering of the absorbent part is often made of a man-made material, basically a form of plastic.
Out on the street the other day, marketers were passing out samples of a new 100% cotton organic pad, tampon, and panty liner called Organyc. It's sold at CVS, Target, Meijer, and a lot of the other big stores, though I never noticed it.
As usual, it comes down to price. These organic products are more expensive, but just slightly. I popped down to the drugstore just now to comparison shop: A 16-pack of Organyc tampons sell for $6.99, while my regular brand gives me 20 for $5.99. Plus, I like my usual brand and know they work. And I've never had a reaction from them before, so that tells me something too.
The selling point for me is that they're biodegradable. Over the course of a lifetime, women use almost 6,000 tampons, enough waste to fill a bathtub with material that won't completely return to the earth. All those women, and all those bathtubs. Food for thought.
Would you pay more for an organic feminine product?
Something my kids handmade
A fun holiday at home with my family
Some time off!
Something just for me, like a plush robe