Tampaction

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Tampaction is a SEAC campaign that EAC is taking onto our own campus.

The Tampaction campaign aims to eradicate the use of unhealthy, unsustainable tampons and pads, institutionalize sustainable alternatives into our schools and communities, and infuse healthy attitudes surrounding menstruation into our culture's consciousness.

Why Do We Need Alternatives?
A menstruator is likely to use 16,800 sanitary pads or tampons in a lifetime.
Tampons soak up more than just blood. They also absorb vaginal mucous, which is necessary to maintain a healthy pH balance in the vagina; this phenomenon has been linked to yeast infections.
Artificial fibers (like rayon) used in tampons are abrasive, so when a tampon lengthens it pushes against the cervical area, causing tiny cuts and imbedding pieces into the tissue. This has been traced as the probable cause of Toxic Shock Syndrome and has been shown to damage the vaginal walls by causing ulceration and peeling of the mucous membrane.
The vaginal walls are the most absorbent part of a menstruator's body. 25% of all pesticides are used on cotton, which are used to make tampons. No long-term independent testing has been done on the health effects of using non-organic cotton tampons.
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)
Dioxin: No tests that have been done can prove that any tampons are completely dioxin free.

The feminine hygiene industry's toll on the environment:
Over 12 billion pads and 7 million tampons are used once and disposed of annually, clogging our overburdened landfill sites. (National Women's Health Network)
An average menstruator throws away 250 to 300 pounds of tampons, pads, and applicators in hir lifetime that end up end up in landfills or sewage treatment plants.
Over 170,000 tampon applicators were collected along U.S. coastal areas between 1998 and 1999. Tampons are made from rayon, produced from wood pulp and cotton, a heavy pesticide crop.
25% of all insecticides are used on cotton.
Five of the top nine pesticides used on cotton in the U.S. (cyanide, dicofol, naled, propargite, and trifluralin) are known cancer-causing chemicals. All nine are classified by the U.S. EPA as Category I and II- the most dangerous. Disposable tampons and pads, from the first steps of their manufacture to their bitter end in a landfill, washed up on a beach, or burning in an incinerator, have a direct effect on people, generally people of color and low income communities. Factories and pulp mills where the products are made leach toxic chemicals into the groundwater and the air, causing high incidences of respiratory illnesses and other diseases. The chlorine bleaching process produces dioxin as a byproduct, a known carcinogen. Factories release arsenic, barium and other heavy metals. According to the Sustainable Cotton Project, 25% of all pesticides are applied to cotton. Communities in the southern US not only have to deal with contaminated water and soil, but eat the fish that have been poisoned with these chemicals.

 

   
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Last updated March 15
, 2007 November 15, 2008