Target: Robert A. McDonald, President and CEO of Procter and Gamble
Goal: Eliminate health and environmental risks associated with using non-organic tampons by making all Tampax products with organic cotton.
Procter and Gamble is not a company known for its ethics. From animal testing to using toxic chemicals in products, Procter and Gamble makes it clear that making profits at any cost is its priority. To add to its list of irresponsible business practices, Procter and Gamble doesn’t make a single tampon product with organic cotton. Not only does this pose serious health risks for women, but using non-organic cotton also has a negative impact on the environment. Tell Procter and Gamble to protect women and the environment by using organic cotton in all of its tampon products.
In the U.S., over one billion tons of pesticides and herbicides are sprayed on cotton crops every year. These residues can taint tampons, leading to nervous system damage and cancer. They can also act as hormone disruptors. Much of the U.S.’s cotton is also genetically modified which, when used in bandages or tampons, can lead to the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Clearly some countries understand the dangers involved in using non-organic cotton in tampons. According to Women’s Health International, many American tampon brands are not sold in Japan. Japan’s governmental regulation of the industry is more strict than the U.S.’s, and it has stated high bacterial levels as its reason for not selling some American brands there.
In the past, certain materials that came from wood pulp were used in tampons. These were found to cause health problems in women and so have been outlawed, but viscose rayon hasn’t. According to Dr. Philip Tierno of the NYU Medical Center, “Viscose rayon can still amplify toxins to some extent, and the lowest risk would be had by using all cotton.” But Tampax brand tampons are still made with rayon, non-organic cotton and unknown chemical fragrances. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insists that these tampons are safe. But the FDA has said many products were safe…before pulling them off the shelves after discovering they weren’t.
Women buy approximately $1 billion worth of tampons in the U.S. each year. Procter and Gamble’s Tampax brand is usually responsible for about half of those sales and this has been the case for decades. This means Procter and Gamble has plenty of money to spare that can be used to develop tampons with organic cotton. Tell Procter and Gamble we’re sick of their profits-at-any-cost mentality. Demand it protects women and the environment by using organic cotton in all of its tampon products.
Dear Robert A. McDonald,
It’s shocking that after how much attention was drawn to your company in the 1970s for ignoring complaints that your tampons were causing Toxic Shock Syndrome, you wouldn’t be doing everything possible to make sure your customers remain healthy. Instead, you continue to use genetically modified and pesticide sprayed cotton, viscose rayon and undisclosed chemical fragrances in your Tampax tampon brands. These materials can cause cancer, hormone disruptions, nervous system damage, infertility, toxic shock syndrome and birth defects.
You continue to pollute people and the earth to make profits. As your consumers become more educated on the health and environmental risks involved with using your products, your company is going to be held accountable for its criminal business practices. To save yourself, you should start cleaning up your act now. One way to start is by using organic cotton in all of your tampon products.
[Your Name Here]
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