Fresh Ideas on Feminine Care
with Erin Switalski of Women's Voices for the Earth
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We recently spoke with Erin Switalski, Executive Director of Women’s Voices for the Earth, a non-profit organization that strives to create a toxin-free future for women. At WVE, Erin has led plans to reduce women’s exposure to mercury from mercury-containing products. She also developed the Safe Cleaning Products Initiative, which has made strides in reducing women’s exposure to harmful cleaning chemicals.
One of the often overlooked sources of toxins is from feminine care products, which are surprisingly unregulated (considering that they come in contact with one of the most powerfully absorbent parts of the body). Join us for a candid dialogue about these products, their thought-provoking history, what they may be doing to our bodies, and safe alternatives for that time of the month.
Listen/Watch time: 30 minutes
Nobody’s really been asking the question about what chemicals are safe for use in contact with the vagina and mucus membranes and vulvar tissue.
– erin switalski
- (07:00) Is there still a stigma attached to the topic of feminine care and hygiene?
- (07:50) Is there a lot of conversation around what chemicals are safe for the vagina?
- (10:45) Should I be concerned about my vaginal scent?
- (15:30) Are all chemicals in feminine care products safety tested?
- (18:00) How do pharmaceutical companies come into it?
- (20:20) Are scented products bad for my vaginal health?
- (22:00) We need disclosure of ingredients in tampons and pads.
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- Women’s Voices for the Earth
- Feminine Care: Is it Toxic? by Erin Switalski
- Non-toxic feminine care options by Divania Timmal-Jones
- Women’s Voices has a campaign called “Detox the Box”. There are lists of harmful chemicals in everyday products. Sign up, and try to get engaged with local actions that are happening. Women’s Voices for the Earth also have a list of companies on their website – these companies are committed to transparency of ingredients and working to make the safest products they can.
The whole vagina is a really powerful system.
– erin switalski
Further Reading: Feminine Care: Is it Toxic?