PFAS in Menstrual Products
Jamie McConnell Deputy Director What is PFAS and why should I be concerned? Recent testing has detected PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in menstrual products... Read More
More Period Policies are Addressing Ingredient Safety and Transparency
Eight pieces of legislation throughout the nation are specifically addressing the safety and disclosure of ingredients used in menstrual products. This signifies that lawmakers are paying more attention to ingredient safety and the right to know what ingredients menstruators are being exposed to!
Thinx PFAS Lawsuit Also Calls Attention to Nanosilver Concerns
In addition to agreeing to pay $4 million to class action members, the settlement also includes a number of "non-monetary relief” items regarding the company’s ingredient safety and disclosure moving forward particularly in regards to the use of PFAS and anti-microbial treatments (like nanosilver) in their products.
Recapping Your Most Popular Blog Posts on Toxic Chemicals and Ingredient Safety from 2022
From questions on the safety of ingredients like titanium dioxide and lilial, to product impacts on lactobacilli and healthy vaginal bacteria, nearly 300,000 people visited WVE's Voices Blog for tips, updates and insight into ways you can raise your voice for a toxic-free future!
Umy works to bring menstrual equity conversations into her community to help end period stigma!
Umyeena Bashir is WVE's California Intimate Care Organizing Fellow at WVE and a graduate student at the University of San Francisco studying Organic Chemistry. Umy is passionate about researching period health and educating others on these issues.
New Bill Will Help Close Significant Gaps in Menstrual & Intimate Care Product Safety
Because of lack of government oversight, companies can even get away with not disclosing dangerous chemicals contained in these products. In fact, there is no federal law that requires manufacturers of menstrual care products to disclose any of the ingredients used in these products.
TAKE ACTION for Safer Menstrual and Intimate Care Products!
Recently, the Robin Danielson Menstrual Product and Intimate Care Product Safety Act of 2022 (HR 8724) was introduced in Congress. If passed, the bill requires a research program focused on studying the health risks of fragrance ingredients, pesticides, phthalates, titanium dioxide, and other ingredients used in these products.
We Now Have More Information about Ingredients Used in Period Products Than Ever Before!
Because of new disclosure requirements coming out of New York State, our research has found the every period product user is getting way more information about these products than ever before. Some period products are a lot more complicated than we ever knew.
Sixty-Two Menstrual Equity Laws Passed in the United States
The laws include eliminating the menstrual tax, making menstrual products more accessible by requiring them in schools, prisons, correctional facilities and shelters; and addressing the safety of these products by requiring ingredient disclosure.
Prisons, Periods, and the Patriarchy
Systemic inequities in correctional facilities, like the inability to get period products, are critical in both addressing a healthy and safe quality of life and reproducing the dangerous hierarchies of power outside of prison walls.