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Calling all Moms, Daughters, Sisters, Friends

Author: SheilaB

Organic Cotton TamponsLadies, I am absolutely certain that each one of you knows at least one person who uses feminine care products. After all, according to the National Research Center for Women and Families, approximately 43 million women in the United States use tampons. And each one of these women will use approximately 11,000 of them during a typical 40-year fertility span.

Now that I have your attention, let's talk about something that really matters: Shopping. Chances are, you have responded to environmental and health concerns by exercising the power of the purse. Women purchase more than 90% of consumer goods in this country, including cars and electronics. We are becoming a "female economy," say Michael J. Silverstein and Kate Sayre in their fabulous book, Women Want More.

What all this means is that our demand for safe and healthy products is transforming the consumer goods landscape. Because of us, manufacturers are sitting up and taking notice. We can now choose to buy organic foods, non-toxic household cleaners, green diapers, and organic cosmetics and skin care.

What most women don't know is that we need to step this conversation up and start demanding organic and natural feminine care products. It's up to us to tell manufacturers to use only organic cotton in their tampons.

There are companies that manufacture tampons made from certified organic cotton -- including Seventh Generation and Natracare.

So in honor of women everywhere, the next time you buy a box of tampons make sure it's a brand that uses organic cotton. We have the power to create the change we need!


zenheidi picture
I used 7th Gen and Natracare tampons for years. I had no complaints, for a tampon. And if you're happy using tampons, these are definitely the way to go. (I still keep some around 'just in case'). But really, even the best tampon is still uncomfortable. A couple years ago I (re)discovered cloth pads. This time instead of plain, boring, stained pads I found Party in My Pants reusable pads at They offer a free trial pad. Their designs are so pretty and fun that I look forward to using them (and that's saying a lot)! They are girly and fun and offer discrete carry cases so I don't have to announce to the girls in the locker room that I use them.
daners76 picture
These are great and those that posted re: allergies could look into this option as well.
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Kyangin Gompa
While I love Seventh Generation's feminine products, the package sizes are too small! Which really means that I am getting a LOT less for my money than if I were to buy similar products from some other (less responsible) company. Why can't Seventh Generation increase their package size? 20 tampons in one package is not enough. Please increase to 40+!!
eileenb picture
Better yet for the environment, try a Diva cup ! Easy , safe, portable , inexpensive and environmentally friendly !!
kmp picture
I've recently started buying your feminine products because I've realized that other products have chemicals in them. I went to 3 different stores before I found them, and I believe that more stores should sell them.
besszilla picture
I battled non-stop yeast and bacterial infections for years until I switched to your tampons. I cannot say enough good things about them. My only problem is finding them. I either stock up when I visit my mom or have to order them online.
Artemismoongoddess picture
I can't use you pads as they contain wheat ingredients. Cross contanminatio issues for the manufacturing of tampons is also a critical issue. It would be great to skip wheat, gluten and soy based ingredients in your products.
kayote picture
I second mtmama--I switched to cloth several years ago and have never looked back. On all three aspects I worried about--comfort, environment, and cost--cloth is way better than any disposable. I highly recommend cloth--especially to teenagers who find normal pads uncomfortable/chafing. Don't spend years uncomfortable like I did!
mtmama picture
I know that you are marketing your products, but you should also include the cloth options b/c they are also a much better option for the environment. i use cloth pads and your tampons depending upon the situation.
allimac picture
Hi I currently use your feminine products and love them but I keep hoping I will see some other absorbency options on the shelf. Do you have plans to make tampons that would be equivalent to a super-plus? Thank you
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Consumer Insights Team
We do make pads and liners that would work great for your daughter. The quality is great and I found the performance to be comparable and also found no skin irritation in using these pads. Here is a link to the product page: This has the tampons, as well as the pads and liners. Let me know if you have any questions. -Sue
MisterV picture
Thank you for this posting. As a single dad of a newly teenage daughter, this kind of information is valuable to me. Does SG make other feminine products? (My daughter doesn't use tampons.) And is their quality/performance on par with the usual brands? Thanks!