Researchers estimated that tampon use could be responsible for 15% of our total phthalate exposure. Panty liner use could be contributing nearly 10% and pads roughly 3% of our overall phthalate exposure.
“Allowing companies to claim CBI is an immediate red flag when it comes to the safety of period care products. These products have been woefully under-regulated and under-researched for decades and there is so much we don’t know about their manufacturing, ingredients and potential health impacts,” said Alexandra Scranton, Director of Science and Research at WVE. “Allowing some ingredients to be hidden as CBI will hamper the progress of needed research, and will not give people who menstruate, advocates, or researchers a full picture of the ingredients used in these products.”
California AB 1989 allows manufacturers to intentionally hide ingredients Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) opposes California Assembly Bill 1989. AB 1989 was introduced by Assembly Member... Read More
January 1st 2020 was the deadline cleaning products companies had for disclosing ingredients online. For many products, this is the first time this ingredient information has ever been publicly available.
KC and P&G often market their support of menstrual equity -- yet, when it comes to giving people information on what’s actually in their period products, industry makes the patriarchal statement that consumers will be confused. Puh-leeze.
New York is the first state in the nation to require period product makers to disclose ingredients. There is no federal requirement to do so, and only a few companies provide this vital information. A.164-A, introduced by Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), and S.2387-B, introduced by Senator Roxanne J. Persaud (D-District 19), was signed into law this afternoon by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Ensuring menstrual products are safe, affordable and accessible is eliminating some of the barriers, but even getting to that point requires a lot of work to de-stigmatize periods...
Testing results underscore the need for companies to disclose what ingredients they use in these products AND the need to clean up the supply chain to help reduce contaminants.
This Spring, WVE hosted our first "Our Stories, Our Flow" workshops to help de-stigmatize the way we talk about, understand & experience safe, healthy periods!