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Frequently Asked Questions
At Only, we support your period journey however you choose to go about it. Switching to organic tampons for the first time, or simply wondering what all the fuss is about? Below, you’ll find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions we see. Have you got more questions, a few comments, or any concerns? We’re all ears.
For the most part, typical tampons aren't made of cotton but a long list of ingredients that can be hard to pronounce. Some of these ingredients and harsh chemicals used to process them can negatively impact the environment and cause harm to the people that work with them.
Reading the box, you’ll see familiar materials listed like cotton. But make no mistake, this isn’t organic cotton (the Only kind we use). Instead, this cotton has been grown with the use of toxic chemicals like herbicides and pesticides. Another ingredient, rayon, is typically derived from plant cells. Sounds more environmentally conscious, right? Nope. It undergoes a lot of chemical treatments before it can be a usable material for creating pads and tampons, essentially eliminating any natural origins. Chemical compounds like polypropylene and polyethylene are also usually on the ingredients list, but we don’t see much use for them when it comes to your intimate skin considering their main purpose is for plastic consumer goods.
Within the box, these tampons are wrapped in non-recyclable plastic and contained in an applicator that that can sit in landfills or our environment for hundreds of years. When you consider how many tampons you’ll use in your lifetime (many estimates sit at around 9,000), these unkind ingredients can really start to add up.
Absolutely. We believe in the concept of better as a transcendent yet tangible idea. So, at Only, our organic tampons are made in the hillsides of Balsereny, Spain. This is because we believe better shouldn’t just focus on the farming of our organic cotton but also on where our products are made. The facility that manufactures our organic cotton period products is powered by a hydroelectric wheel. This wheel creates more energy than our manufacturing facility even needs, so they put that energy back into their local grid. We just love that about them!
These items are also better for the environment based on the way that they are farmed. Growing organic cotton uses less water and no pesticides, herbicides or heavy toxic chemicals in its production and processing, which is a win-win-win in our book. Also, once you're done with the tampon, it can break down much easier than synthetic brands.
Please note: Proceed with caution when purchasing from brands based solely on labels that claim to use “organic” anything. Greenwashing is no joke; without the details and processes to back it up, some terms can be misleading yet permissible on packages without companies genuinely doing anything behind the scenes.
Organic tampons benefit the bigger picture. The minimal impact these items have on the planet means everyone benefits from their use, even if they aren’t actually using them. For example, no harmful chemicals are deposited into the land where organic cotton is farmed. This is especially important when refarming the area and for the farmers who cultivate organic cotton. There is also considerably less water and energy used to grow this material, benefiting the environment by reducing the resources needed to make our products. As an all-natural ingredient, it breaks down better, and since our packaging is compostable and recyclable, the advantages just keep adding up!
At Only, all of our products are safe to use during your period. Some menstruators prefer pads because they find them easy to use from their lightest days to their heaviest. Others like to use our organic tampons for a more discreet experience. We acknowledge that either choice is a matter of preference.
Fear of TSS keeps some from using tampons despite not being a fan of the alternatives. We get it, and so we recommend using the lowest absorbency tampon possible that still works for your period, changing your tampon every four hours, and ensuring that you never leave it in for more than eight hours. These suggestions can help mitigate risks regarding the possibility of TSS.