At Tampax, one of our major goals is to reduce our overall impact on the planet. We’re doing this by carefully sourcing the materials we use, minimising waste created during the manufacturing process, and using resources responsibly. You shouldn’t have to choose between effective period products and protecting the planet!
Firstly, let’s talk about what tampons are made of . To create the absorptive core of Tampax tampons, we use ingredients such as responsibly-grown cotton. Thanks to blockchain technology, you can even trace the origins of the organic cotton used in our Tampax Pure products with your phone! You can trace every step – from the field the cotton was grown in, to its being made into a tampon.
Sustainable sourcing means choosing our cotton suppliers based on a number of social, ethical, and environmental factors. This means we take environmental impact, community resources, and financial stability and transparency into account when choosing where we get the materials for our tampons from. These days, we use 30% sustainable materials in our products. To make sure that the sources of our materials are up to our standards, and depending on the Tampax product, we verify it with third-party certification, such as the Forest Stewardship Council and the Global Organic Textile Standard. We’ve also received the OEKO-TEX seal, which ensures that every component of the tampon (down to the threads) has been tested for harmful substances and determined unharmful.
Tampax also works to minimise the amount of manufacturing waste going to landfill during the tampon-making process. Since 2009, as part of P&G Fem Care brands, we’ve avoided sending more than 340,000 tonnes of manufacturing waste to landfill. That’s the weight of around 180,000 cars! We also use recycled material to make our packaging. Nearly all of our packaging is recyclable (where recycling programmes exist, of course).
The same goes for our suppliers, who’ve committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 30% in the next five years. We’re also big on renewable energy – whether our sites are powered by renewable sources (meaning it’s generated by renewable energy sources, like solar or wind power), or matched by purchasing renewable electricity credits.
We’re making moves for the environment, but there is still more work to be done. We are continuously looking at ways to innovate with less of an environmental impact, and encourage more responsible consumption across our products, packaging and supply chain. Effective period care and protecting the planet? It’s a win-win.