There's great news for women from Good Guide. For the first time, the consumer product ratings organization is rating tampons and helping us make more educated decisions about which brands to use. This is a big step forward in generating awareness about what tampons are made of and the impacts they can have, and hopefully it will help many women become more informed about why our tampon choices matter so much.
Looking at the new ratings, it is gratifying to see Seventh Generation tampons scoring highest out of the 128 tampon products assessed by Good Guide. We've worked very hard for a very long time to create an excellent option for women and it's great to have that work acknowledged.
We've chosen to use certified organic cotton whitened without chemicals containing chlorine in our tampons rather than rayon which is often whitened with chemicals containing chlorine. We believe in acting with precaution by using chlorine free processing to help reduce the amount of chlorinated toxins released into the environment. In addition, research by Dr. Philip Tierno, a clinical microbiologist at New York University Langone Medical Center, shows that under laboratory conditions rayon may foster the growth of Toxic Shock Syndrome associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteria to a greater extent than cotton.1 While these findings are concerning, it is important to remember that improper use of any tampon can cause TSS regardless of what they are made of and, as such, tampons should always be used as directed.
Here's hoping that the Good Guide helps many more women become better informed about what is in a tampon and make choices that do good things for their families and themselves.
1 Tierno PM and Hanna BA. Ecology of toxic shock syndrome: Amplification of toxic shock syndrome toxin 1 by materials of interest. Reviews of Infectious Diseases. 1989;11(Suppl 1):S182-S187.