Did you know that most sanitary pads are made or bleached with chlorine compounds that contain trace of the organochlorine - dioxin. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named dioxin the most potent carcinogen known to science. A 1996 EPA study linked dioxin exposure with increased risks for endometriosis (an infection of the uterine lining).

The EPA has also concluded that people with high exposure to dioxins may be risk for other effects that could suppress the immune system, increase the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease, reduce fertility, and possibly interfere with normal fetal and childhood development.

In overseas test, sanitary pads have been found to contain 400 parts per trillion (ppt) dioxin.

Although the paper industry has maintained that such levels are too low to cause any health problems, studies have shown that dioxin appears to migrate easily out of paper products.

Fish and other wildlife have died after exposure to the incredibly small dose of 38 parts per quadrillion dioxin.

Manufactured with Lots of Chemicals

To make a sanitary pad, wood pulp fibers are first dispersed in water in large tub. Most of the chemical s and dyes required are added at this stage (The pulp is then scraped and brushed and inserted with air to make fleecy. Some pads contain added rayon, which also originates from wood, for extra absorbency. The cellulose in the wood is dissolved in a caustic solution, and squirted into fine jets in an acid bath (The mixture then solidifies and dries into longer fibers).

Chemical processes included de-linking recycled material, washing with detergents and bleaching. (As a result, some traces of chemical used remain in the pad).

Additives are also used to enhance the properties of the pad. These include absorbency agents and wet-strength agent - often, polysorbate and area formaldehyde.

Further bleaching, involving chorine, may take place to achieve that growing white look.

What You Can See

That's the part you can't see. But even the external parts on a sanitary pad that you can see are all not natural.

The plastic bottom - to prevent leakage - will usually be made of polypropylene or rayon.

The non-woven fabric covering on the pad is a lightweight material which is often polypropylene or rayon.

The back has 1 or 2 strips of pressure-sensitive adhesive covered with a strip of siliconised compound paper. (The pads are then packaged in plastic bags or shrinkwrapped. And the packet itself may be printed with patterns - again, a chemical process.)

Reusable Ecoria pads a solution

Ecoria reusable menstrual pads are made up of several layers of combination of 100% cotton skin friendly fabrics, stitched together in ergonomically manner, so as to provide better protection.

Fasteners are used in wings , to make pads stay in place. These pads keep on getting more absorbent after being used and washed. Help you to get connected with your body. The flow too lightens after a few cycles of using them. Also general aching subsides. By choosing to use washable and reusable menstrual pads you are no longer exposing yourself to the potentially harmful chemicals and synthetic materials found in most disposable pads Reusable products are typically made with more natural and organic materials that require a different routine to be highly absorbent, breathable and leak proof.

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