And thanks to this newly passed bill, now you will.
The Menstrual Products Right To Know Act, Bill A164A, was passed on Friday in Albany, NY, which means that all menstrual products for sale in New York State must now clearly and plainly list all ingredients on their packaging.
Before Friday, the FDA did not require tampon companies to disclose their ingredients, despite the fact that these products come in contact with some of the most sensitive and absorbent parts of our bodies. This is especially shocking if you consider that the average tampon-user will use around 13,000 tampons in their lifetime.
We have always believed that people have a right to know what’s in the products they use, which is why we disclose our product ingredients and have encouraged other companies to do the same. From rallying in Washington, D.C. for ingredient disclosure, to lobbying in Albany for this bill with Clean and Healthy New York, we’re thrilled to see our efforts, along with advocates like Women’s Voices for the Earth, make a difference on behalf of vagina-havers everywhere.
Why this is huge
Since this bill will require large menstrual hygiene companies to change their packaging, the impact of this historic ruling could reach beyond New York state and impact the entire country. We believe consumers should have the right to know what is in their products, so they are able to make informed decisions about what they are putting in their bodies.
We check the ingredients in the food we eat and the products we put on our skin, so why should we treat the products going in our vaginas any differently? That’s why we have always been advocates of creating healthy, sustainable, effective products that don’t have any additives or unnecessary synthetic ingredients.
Today marks a monumental day in the reproductive health industry. Thank you to Clean and Healthy NY, Alexandra Zissu, Women's Voices for the Earth, Sheila Hollender, and Birnur Aral for helping us advocate for these important issues, and for helping make period products safer for bodies everywhere.