YOUR’E PUTTING WHAT IN YOUR WHAT?!
Have you ever wondered what goes into your tampons before you buy them? I did; particularly once I started buying them for my daughter.
I was surprised (read: shocked/alarmed/horrified) to discover that most of them contain chemicals, pesticides, synthetics and plastic; and I’d been buying them for years!
How did I not already know this?
The reason is essentially because the manufacturers don't have to tell us; and it's more profitable for them to produce a synthetic tampon that contains nasty stuff, than a pure cotton one that is better for us.
So you might be wondering – exactly how bad could this be?
Hmmm… considering that your vagina is one of the most highly absorbent parts of your body, and that a tampon stays in your body for any number of hours at a time, over a number of days, every month throughout every year, well that's a lot of opportunity for your body to absorb those hidden nasties that a conventionally-branded tampon contains. Don’t you think?
So I started searching for "safe" tampons. But guess what? They were really hard to find, and the information available was far from transparent.
This struggle to find a solution was partly what led me to create Crimson.
Crimson was founded because I wanted to give women the option of choosing the safest tampon available, and bring a greater transparency around period care options, so that women could be empowered to make informed decisions about their menstrual health.
Simultaneously, I also saw this as an ideal opportunity to contribute to the movement to end to period poverty, while also giving other women the chance to lend their support too. Access to period care is a fundamental human right, and Crimson is founded on this philosophy.
Thank you for joining me on my quest.
I’m really excited to continue to share more of the Crimson journey, values and achievements with you, including stories of some incredibly inspiring work from within our community who are equally commited to ending period poverty.