by Emma Peters May 16, 2017

Are you unknowingly absorbing chemicals while you sleep (work, play, exercise...)?

We’ve been staunch about sharing the dangers of chemically laden cosmetics. People are starting to sit up and take notice of what’s been applied to their skin on a daily basis. But, did you know the skin doesn’t just absorb chemicals from your personal care products, there’s another health compromising culprit at play – cotton.

Yes, cotton. It sounds like such a “natural” product doesn’t it? Well in it’s organic form it is. But unfortunately non-organic cotton is way more prominent. It’s in our clothing, our bed sheets, our underwear- and it’s doing our bodies more harm than good. Your skin is in close contact with these garments every day (and night) and there’s a real chance that you’re absorbing a host of toxins.

But that’s not even the scariest part!

If pesticide-spritzed cotton is a cause for concern sitting on the skin, what kind of havoc does it wreak from the inside? With roughly half the population using sanitary products during their lifetime, it’s a problem in need of tackling.

We went searching for a solution and found Bon 100% Organic Tampons NZ, total game changers for women’s health. Here’s why organic tampons and organic cotton are so incredibly important.

What’s wrong with the cotton industry in 2017?

Right now, the cotton industry is rife with harmful pesticides, genetic engineering and unethical practices. They’re not things most of us would knowingly support, but the fact that cotton products are so commonplace means often they’re barely scrutinised.

Around 90% – 95% of the cotton we buy is a product of genetic engineering, full of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Herbicide-resistant GE cotton is also often sprayed with huge amounts of ‘Roundup’. The active ingredient in this kind of weed-killer is glyphosate, a harmful carcinogen. Not exactly pleasant or wholesome.

The list of nasties doesn’t end there though.

Regular cotton (the non-resistant kind) is frequently doused in pesticides, insecticides and herbicides – all containing multitudes of dangerous chemicals. 

Like many large global industries, the assurance of human rights for workers in the cotton industry is dubious. Many workers don’t receive adequate pay and start work very young, often without appropriate protective gear or even much of a choice. In Uzbekistan – the world’s second largest cotton exporter – one third of all school-aged children work in the cotton fields. When cotton is in season they labor on a government-owned farm, with schools even closing for the occasion. Teachers risk losing their jobs if they don’t comply.

Unfortunately, it’s not just Uzbekistan that has these problems. The cotton industry worldwide has a lot of changes to make before it’s anywhere near up to scratch for the 21st century.

So, if non-organic cotton is harmful, how worried should we be about women’s sanitary products in NZ?

It’s time to amp up the support for Bon Organic Tampons NZ and get the toxin-free ball rolling. A 2016 investigation by a French magazine revealed traces of harmful chemicals in 11 brand name tampons and sanitary pads. The toxic cocktail consisted of many man-made nasties, including dioxins, organochlorine pesticides — including glyphosate — and pyrethroid insecticides.

Over 100million women worldwide use disposable tampons with hidden ingredients like these every month. When you consider the fact that the average woman will also use around 11,000 tampons in her lifetime, they’re pretty worrying figures.

The word ‘disposable’ doesn’t mean ‘easy to get rid of’ either, most tampons and sanitary pads will outlive the person who bought them for decades.

With their extensive list of dangerous, hidden chemicals and the fact that so many sanitary brands don’t produce biodegradable products, it’s little wonder people are campaigning for change. Bon Organic tampons NZ are the triumphant result of that campaigning.

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Say hello to Bon organic tampons – a clever, conscious fix. 

We’re so excited to finally stock conscious sanitary products along with our other gorgeous, natural cosmetics. Roughly 50% of the world uses sanitary items of some description and we knew we wanted to help people make smart choices. It was just about finding the perfect brand!

Bon NZ 100% Organic Cotton Tampons are that and more, with an elegant design and a 100% organic guarantee. Bon NZ are committed to ‘exceeding the expectations’ of the average Kiwi woman, keeping them safe and sorted during that time of the month. They’re premium quality and affordable – we can’t quite believe we ever justified buying anything else.

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Why switch to Bon?

  • Because all Bon products are 100% organic, this eliminates harmful synthetic chemicals and makes them significantly better for your body. Without nasty hidden additives, the chance of Toxic Shock Syndrome and skin irritation reduces significantly.
  • None of their products are bleached either, which means they contain absolutely no chlorine and none of the associated carcinogens. Because tampons are used in such an absorbent part of the body, taking away carcinogenic chemicals altogether helps ensure total safety.
  • Bon is conscious, sustainable company. Their production methods help prevent the contamination of the air, water and soil around us. The organic growing methods they employ also prevent topsoil erosion, improve soil fertility, protects groundwater, conserves energy and deforestation. Sounds pretty flawless, right?
  • All Bon NZ 100% Organic Cotton Tampons and packaging are completely biodegradable. It’s the way disposable products should be, and seeing clever companies like this get it right is hugely encouraging.

Once you know these facts, you can’t “unknow” them! So please, look after your health from the inside out and choose organic, chemical free sanitary products.

Emma Peters
Emma Peters

Emma Peters, organic makeup artist, creative director and founder of Belle & Sage, is committed to leading the conversation around beauty and wellness. With over twenty years of experience as a make-up artist, she knows you don’t have to sacrifice quality for clean.

She’ll help you find the what, learn the why, nail the how, and everything in between.

Letting you know more, wear better, and start making beautiful choices: from the inside, out.

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