Here’s a quick quiz about something that impacts every woman: her period. How many tampons, on average, will a woman use in her lifetime?
If you guessed 16,000, you’re correct. That’s a huge number, yet we were shocked to learn that companies are not required to list the ingredients on the packaging of feminine care products –something required for food, drinks, and pretty much every other product out there. Tampons are an essential item that every woman uses regularly on a sensitive part of their body, yet women are left in the dark about what they’re made from.
While Boxed’s #RethinkPink campaign is all about getting rid of the luxury tax on tampons and pads in states where this unfair tax exists, we’re proud to work with Seventh Generation, a company devoted to a woman’s right to know about feminine care and ingredient disclosure. Their message? It’s time to care about feminine care. Period.
“Whether it’s a bottle of window cleaner or a box of tampons, each of us should know which ingredients, materials, and chemicals we’re exposed to,” says Ashley Orgain, Director of Mission Advocacy and Outreach at Seventh Generation. “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.”
Or, as actress and all-around awesome person Maya Rudolph puts it: “Who needs that stuff in their hoohas?”
Forward-thinking companies are already doing the right thing for women by voluntarily disclosing the ingredients used in their products. And leaders like Seventh Generation are taking the extra step to advocate for transparency industry-wide.
Every woman has the right to have access to safe, healthy products and know what her tampons and pads are made from. It’s time for companies to do the right thing by their customers, and for Congress to enact a common-sense law. It couldn’t be easier to support the cause — use this simple form to contact or tweet your Representative and let them know how you feel.
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