This past Tuesday, women from across the country joined forces in Washington, DC to demand that Congress care about feminine care. Seventh Generation stood alongside business leaders and advocates from a range of industries, who share our commitment to women’s health and a woman’s right to know what ingredients are in the tampons and pads she chooses to use.
The rally took place Tuesday afternoon, right on the lawn in front of the Capitol Building. While Congress met inside, we stood outside, listening to a number of energizing speeches from women supporting the fight for ingredient disclosure and industry change.
Erin Switalski, Executive Director of Women’s Voices of the Earth, kicked the event off with a discussion about the lack of regulation in place to help keep women informed when it comes to choosing which tampons and pads to use.
Congresswoman Grace Meng, who originally introduced the Menstrual Products Right to Know Act of 2017 (H.R.2416), was joined by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. They both highlighted the importance of transparency and stressed that Congress must do their part by enacting a simple, common-sense law.
Our own Ashley Orgain, Director of Mission Advocacy and Outreach at Seventh Generation, spoke about our support of Meng’s bill, and about our commitment to being one of the few companies who empowers consumers by voluntarily listing our ingredients on product packaging, including on our tampons and pads. “…Whether it’s a bottle of window cleaner of a box of tampons, each of us should know which ingredients, materials, and chemicals we’re exposed to…We should never have to wonder. We should never have to worry. That’s why Seventh Generation discloses the ingredients we use in every product we make, right on the package.” She called on consumers to make their voices heard and to send a message to Congress and to the industry: “We refuse business as usual. We insist on safe, healthy products…Women have a right to know what’s in the tampons and pads they use. Period.”
Following the rally, a group of supporters prepared for an afternoon of lobby meetings with representatives from congress, asking them to support Rep Meng and H.R.2416. As we went from meeting to meeting, our group spoke directly to congressional representatives about the importance of passing a bill that would make ingredient disclosure on feminine care products mandatory. The lobbying allowed for an opportunity to put real faces, names and stories to the women this bill would be empowering.
While we ended the day more energized than ever, it’s important to remember that this is just the beginning. Join us in standing up for accurate labeling on tampons and pads. Tweet, email or call your local representative and tell them you support Representative Grace Meng in passing the Menstrual Products Right to Know Act of 2017. You have the power to make a difference in the world of women’s health.