Over half the world’s population deals with menstruation - the average menstruating person will use over 16,800 tampons and pads over the course of their life. Unfortunately, some chemicals found in these products have been linked to allergic reactions and, potentially, other serious health effects. This common-sense legislation requires manufacturers of menstrual products to list product ingredients on their packaging.
According to a report from Women’s Voices for the Earth, chemicals in menstrual products that are of particular concern include dioxins, furans, pesticide residues, and unknown fragrance chemicals. These chemicals are linked to allergic reactions, some forms of cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive health diseases, such as endometriosis.
Harmful chemicals should not be used in menstrual products at all; however, at a minimum, it is important to arm consumers with information about what is in the products they put in contact with their bodies. By requiring disclosure of ingredients in menstrual products, consumers can make more informed choices about the chemicals their bodies will be exposed to.
This bill amends the General Business Law by adding a new section that requires packages containing menstrual products to include a list of all ingredients and percentages.