Text and photo by Naomi Scher.
If you’re a person who gets a period, you’re probably familiar with the anxiety choosing the right menstrual hygiene product can cause. Traditional tampons are made of synthetic fibers that are specifically intended to be ultra absorbent. While maximum absorbency is convenient, super absorbent synthetic materials like rayon and polyester provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to toxic shock syndrome. Cotton tampons and menstrual cups are a safer alternative to mainstream tampon brands.
In the past, the co-op has carried Seventh Generation cotton tampons. However, in light of the recent acquisition of Seventh Generation by Unilever, we are introducing a new brand: Natracare. Like Seventh Generation’s tampons, Natracare tampons are free of chlorine, dyes, and rayon. We are stocking the non-applicator variety.
As you may know, the co-op has been carrying Diva Cups for some time. In this blogger’s opinion, menstrual cups are the most effective and stress-free way to stay comfortable and clean while on your period. They can be left in for up to 12 hours at a time, almost never leak, and can be sterilized in a pot of boiling water like other medical-grade silicon products. Plus, they can last for several years. If you want to learn more about menstrual cups and their feminist history, listen to this podcast by the ladies of Stuff Mom Never Told You.
And members, remember: if there’s an item you think the co-op should carry, don’t hesitate to speak to a manager, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if sourcing can’t regularly stock that item, they may be able to special-order it for you at your regular discount.