Detox the Box

Product testing results show that Always pads release chemicals linked to cancer and reproductive and developmental harm.
 


Update: The makers of Always & Tampax are starting to disclose ingredients in pads and tampons. This victory is the direct result of women raising their voices and demanding ingredient transparency! Read more.

It’s not over! P&G still needs to disclose ALL the ingredients used in these products. When it is perfectly legal to use harmful chemicals in feminine care products, full ingredient transparency—including fragrance ingredients—is critical. Especially since toxic chemicals are coming into contact with some of the most sensitive and absorptive skin on our bodies.

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Tell Always and Tampax to Detox the Box! Because toxic chemicals don’t belong in feminine products. Period.

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What's Hiding in Always and Tampax?

Always Testing Results

Product testing results show that Always pads release chemicals linked to cancer and reproductive and developmental harm. See the full results.

Please take a moment to call Always and tell them to list ingredients so that we have the information we need to protect our health.

Always Customer Service number: 1 (800) 888-3115

Sample script:

Hello. I just saw test results from Women’s Voices for the Earth that show chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive harm, and allergies in Always pads – and no ingredients are listed on the label. We have a right to know what we’re using on our bodies. Please list all ingredients and remove harmful chemicals.

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The Problem

Our new Chem Fatale report finds toxic chemicals commonly used in feminine care products like pads and tampons. Unfortunately, because pads and tampons are regulated as “medical devices” and not “personal care products,” companies aren’t required to disclose any of the ingredients used in these products.

Here’s why this is a serious problem:

  • WVE’s test results show secret toxic chemicals in Always pads.
  • Test results show dioxins, furans and pesticide residues in tampons, which have been linked to cancer, reproductive harm, and hormone disruption.
  • Studies link menstrual pad use to vulvar allergic rash in some women. Both adhesive chemicals like methyldibromo glutaronitrile and fragrances used in pads have been identified as causes of these allergic rashes.
  • Fragrance is commonly used in pads and tampons, and all fragrance ingredients are kept secret.
  • The harmful chemicals in these products come into contact with some of the most absorptive skin on our bodies!

Toxic chemicals don’t belong in feminine care products. Period.

Avoid Toxic Chemicals

  • Bookmark our Chemicals of Concern fact sheet so you can reference it when shopping for feminine products.
  • Reduce your use of feminine products, especially those that are medically unnecessary for a healthy vagina.
  • Choose unscented products where available, especially in tampons and pads.
  • Choose chlorine-free bleach or unbleached tampons and pads.
  • If you are having allergic symptoms, switch brands, and then tell the company why you did by calling the 800 number on the label.
  • Report any symptoms possibly resulting from feminine products to the FDA by calling 1-800-332-1088 or filling out a consumer report form.

 

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