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Given our daily battle to protect our families and children from toxins in the air and in our foods, it's time to pay attention to the feminine care products we introduce our young daughters to. Since most moms are responsible for helping their daughters choose, it's important for them to understand the processes that go into making tampons and pads.

Many tampons are made with cotton, rayon (wood pulp), or a combination of the two. The cotton may have been grown with the use of pesticides. Some rayon undergoes a chlorinated bleaching process which results in chlorinated toxins entering the environment.  If every woman of menstruating age replaced one 16-count package of regular absorbency conventional cotton tampons with organic cotton tampons, we could prevent 21,000 lbs of pesticides from polluting our rivers, lakes, and streams.

The topic of accumulated exposure to chlorinated toxins and pesticide residue is discussed by the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics.

I have two daughters -- I chose to feed them organic baby food, organic milk, and organic meat.  I took the same care when it came time to buy them tampons and pads and chose organic cotton tampons and chlorine free pads from Seventh Generation. It's a choice every woman should consider.

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Sheila Hollender likes to blog about the environment and health issues.