Organic tampons worth the $?

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In short, OMG yes!!! The benefits far out weigh the cost, and we’ll explain why.

But first, Luna believes in choice and a women’s right to choose how she manages her period.

So, while organic tampons are more expensive (and worth it), we understand that not all women can afford them.

Luna never judges anyone for what they use - we simply want to supply facts that aid choice and control xx

Organic tampons, as the name suggests they are made from organic cotton.

What does that mean?

Well, think of the difference between organic vegetables and non-organic vegetables.

Organic vegetables aren’t sprayed with chemicals, and neither is the cotton used to make organic tampons.

Tampons of course are inserted into the vagina, which is a highly moist environment, and one where anything can be easily absorbed.

Tampons haven’t been around that long, since about 1930.

They’ve come a long way since then and given girls and women much more freedom and independence - try swimming with a pad. Right!?

At Luna, we’re massive fans of tampons. But what they contain has often been controversial, and can cause vaginal dryness and Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).

So, it really pays to know what’s in them so you can make an informed decision.

So, what do non-organic tampons contain?

Cora tampons put this list together:

  • Chlorine. Tampons aren’t naturally white. Instead, they go through a bleaching process to make them that way. This chlorine eventually turns into dioxin. Yuck!

  • Dioxins. One of the most deadly toxic compounds, dioxin, is present in almost all humans, mainly through eating animal protein. Even trace amounts can cause serious health problems. Especially considering how many tampons the average woman uses and how easily your vagina absorbs anything that touches it. 

  • Glyphosate. According to one study, 85% of tampons tested contained glyphosate, a popular herbicide commonly found in Monsanto’s RoundUp weed killer. The health issue with this? Cancer. No. Thank. You.

  • Polyethylene, or PET. Widely used to create plastic bags and food containers, PET can flood your body with toxins like lead, cadmium, and mercury. You’ve probably been encouraged to use glass water bottles instead of plastic (and for good reason). The adverse effects of PET may only be magnified when you put it inside your vagina.

  • Polypropylene. You wouldn’t put antifreeze or ink in your vagina, right? Sadly, most conventional feminine care brands use the same ingredient used in these products, polypropylene, on the outside layer of tampons. This can cause inflammation and skin irritation on your lady parts. Hard pass

  • Rayon. This is a cellulose fiber that comes from processed wood pulp. Because of the chemical process used to make rayon, it can be toxic to your health.

Okay, okay…so there’s a lot of stuff in some tampons that you don’t really want inside your fanny every month.

So, where do you buy organic tampons in New Zealand?

The Organic Initiative (Oi), a feminine hygiene manufacturer dedicated to women’s health and to the environment - their products are organic and biodegradable.

You can buy Oi tampons in most supermarkets, many health and wellness stores, and also online.


The girls at Luna have used Oi’s tampons and have found them really good. They are slightly more “fluffy” than non-organic tampons, but that’s because they don’t contain rayon or viscose.

Oi’s tampon range comes in mini, regular to super, as well regular and super applicators - the applicators are made from cardboard not plastic.

Oi uses the Certified Organic route with GOTS (Global organic textile standard) and BioGro, New Zealand’s most trusted organic certification authority to ensure the highest integrity and total transparency - meaning you can believe what the box says, awesome xx

Kelly Gregor