FAQs

ILO TAMPONS

100% ORGANIC COTTON

100% BIODEGRADABLE


NO NASTIES, NO CHEMICALS, NO STRAY PIECES OF RANDOM STUFF OR PLASTIC.

MAINSTREAM TAMPONS ARE FULL OF NASTIES SUCH AS - BLEACH, PLASTICS, SYNTHETIC FIBRES AND ALL SORTS OF TOXINS. THERE ARE A WHOPPING 100 BILLION MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS THROWN AWAY EACH YEAR, MOST OF WHICH END UP IN LANDFILLS OR MAKE THEIR WAY TO OUR OCEANS. MAINSTREAM MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS AREN’T JUST A PROBLEM FOR OUR BODIES, THEY’RE A MAJOR ISSUE FOR OUR PLANET.

SO WHY ARE ILO TAMPONS BETTER FOR MY BODY?

The average woman bleeds for roughly six days a month, 12 months a year, for roughly 40 years of her life.
That’s over seven years you’ll spend with a tampon inside your vagina!

Now, wouldn’t you like to avoid putting these nasties that mainstream sanitary products contain inside your body month on month year-on-year?
We do. We’d  very much like to put an end to all the toxic tampons and that’s why we use only 100% certified organic cotton tampons.

GOOD FOR YOU, GOOD FOR THE PLANET
Because ilo tampons are free from all the nasties, unlike conventional tampons, they are fully biodegradable. That means, when you throw your ilo tampon away it will fully break down, leaving no plastic, chemicals or random bits behind. So it’s a WIN WIN situation, for our bodies and for the planet.
WHY DOES EVERY BOX CONTAINS DIFFERENT SIZE TAMPONS?

Good question! You’ve probably been used to buying a box of tampons and having them all the same size. Well, let us ask you this: Have you ever felt sore when you removed a tampon or had days when you notice that there hasn’t been much blood absorbed? This is because your flow is different on every day of your period, meaning that your body needs different absorbancies.
That’s why we offer our packs of different sizes: Lite, Midi and Super and within each box you get either a mix of mini and regular or regular and super.
So, from now on you can have the tampon absorbency your vagina deserves.
Don’t forget: it’s important to always use a tampon with the minimum absorbency to match your flow.

WHAT ABOUT THE PLASTIC COVERING YOUR TAMPONS YOU MAY ASK?

Ok, first up we are 100% not okay with this. However, legally we are required to wrap individual tampons for your safety. Until the technology is available for this part to be biodegradable, we donate 50% of profits to fighting plastic in the oceans.

That’s why our mission at ilo is:

  • To provide you and every other person with a period with toxic free, organic cotton tampons

  • Care for the planet by creating a fully biodegradable product

  • Start to empower, inspire and educate every person on this planet about menstrual cycles and health

  • Give back 100% of our net profits.
     

WHY DID YOU START ILO?

Our founder Jette created ilo because ….

Want to find out more? She wrote a  blog post here (*insert link) or you can watch and listen to an interview with her here.

WHICH CHARITIES DO YOU SUPPORT AND WHY?

The reason I, Jette, started ilo was because I want to make a difference. That means not just a difference to me and my life but to others and if I can make a living AND give back to others in need then win win.

The reason I chose these causes is because well, I don’t want any girl or trans kid have to miss school for their period. Education is so vital and frankly the stats on period poverty in 1st world countries, let alone 3rd world countries, is shocking.

I chose to help fight plastic in the oceans because some of our product has plastic wrapping that isn’t possible to be recycled so, if we’re creating a problem, then we have a responsibility to do something about it.

So that’s why, in a nutshell I want to fight period poverty and plastic in the oceans. We’ll be writing some blog posts about our respective charities and I’ll be adding links in.

We give 50% of our net profits to a period poverty charity and 50% of our net profits to fighting plastic in the oceans.

WHERE ARE ILO TAMPONS MANUFACTURED?
ilo tampons are manufactured in Slovenia, Europe. They’re one of the largest manufacturers in Europe. The organic cotton they use is grown nearby in Turkey and is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
ILO SUBSCRIPTIONS

How does an ilo subscription work?

In three easy steps

1.  order your desired absorbency (light, midi, and super)
2. decide whether you want to pay for your subscription upfront for your entire subscription or every month, then decide if you want your organic cotton non-toxic ilo tampon subscription to be delivered in one go or every month. Remember you can cancel at any time.
3.  sit back and relax. Safe in the knowledge that there’ll be no more mad dashs to the shops with toilet roll in your pants

Each box contains 16 organic cotton non-toxic I like tampons
We believe in fully  living your life and that’s why all subscriptions are 100% flexible

Going away travelling for the year? Lucky you just tell us where to deliver each month
Moving house? no worries just give us your new address.
Having a baby? Congrats! We’ll put your subscription on hold or you can donate it.

Ilo subscriptions are available worldwide apart for from the US of A and Canada.
Postage is free for the UK Ireland and Singapore ever else there is sadly a little cost involved.

WHY DON’T YOU SELL PRODUCTS LIKE MENSTRUAL CUPS OR RE-USABLE PADS?
p>We love reusable menstrual products! However, we realise that there are a lot of people out there that they simply don't suit. Maybe cleaning cups is difficult at work, maybe carrying around used pads is tricky on some days.  

As tampons and pads are the most used menstrual product globally , we felt tackling this issue would enable us to make the most positive impact.

We encourage you to mix and match where you can, and will also be introducing a menstrual cup and reusable pads soon, so watch this space!

HOW DO I USE AN ILO TAMPON?

GETTING READY

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly.

  2. Remove the wrapper by finding the coloured tear strip and pulling.

  3. Take care not to handle the main part of the tampon more than necessary and avoid placing the tampon on any surfaces after you’ve unwrapped it.

  4. Carefully unwind the removal cord, and give it a gentle pull to ensure it’s securely attached. If the cord is loose or detached, discard it and use a new one.

INSERTING THE TAMPON

  1. Hold the tampon at the cord end.

  2. Move into a position that is most comfortable for you. You might want to squat slightly, sit with your knees apart or stand with one foot raised on the edge of bathtub or toilet seat.

  3. Take a deep breath. Exhale and relax.

  4. With your free hand, gently spread the open the folds of skin around your vaginal opening.

  5. Take your tampon and, with the full length of your index finger, gently push it into your vagina, aiming toward your lower back. Leave the cord outside your body.

When the tampon has been inserted correctly, you should not feel it. If you experience any discomfort, pain or pressure it may not have been inserted properly or be in far enough. Relax and try to push it a little further or try again with a new tampon.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY ILO TAMPON?

It’s really important you change your tampon every 4 to 8 hours and never leave it in more than eight hours.
Some people like to leave tampons in overnight and honestly, that’s a personal choice, but please do not leave it in for longer than eight hours and always make sure you put a fresh tampon in before you go to bed and change it as soon as you wake up.

WHAT ABOUT ABSORBENCY?
ilo tampons follow the standard absorbency rules set by the FDA: Lite tampons absorb up to 6 grams of liquid, midi 6-9g and super 9-12g. If you are using organic cotton tampons for the first time you are going to want to check it a bit more frequently. Organic cotton relies on its natural properties – not chemicals or added materials for absorbency so you might notice a difference in how much blood gets absorbed per tampon.
HOW SHOULD I THROW MY ILO TAMPON AWAY?
Always put it in a bin and never flush it down the toilet. Remember they are fully biodegradable which means that they breakdown and leave nothing on the planet
TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME

WHAT IS TSS?

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a rare but serious illness that may cause death. It is caused by a toxin which is produced by a type of bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus). These bacteria are found in the nose of about one third of the population. They may also be found on the skin and occasionally in the vagina, without causing harm.

WHO’S AT RISK?

TSS can occur in both males and females if any age but it is more common in young women who use tampons during their period.

HOW DOES TSS OCCUR?

If the toxin is produced in the vagina or a wound, and absorbed from there into the bloodstream, a person who is not resistant to the toxin may become ill. Most people develop resistance to the toxin (that is why it’s rare) and in these people there is no harmful effect.

The symptoms of TSS May develop rapidly. Early recognition and treatment of these symptoms can usually prevent serious illness.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF TSS?

The early symptoms of TSS May begin suddenly and are similar to the flu. Remember early recognition of these symptoms is very important:

  • feeling very ill, headache, muscular pain

  • high fever and chills, usually 39C or higher

  • vomiting, diarrhoea or both

  • fainting, dizziness, weakness or confusion

  • sunburn like rash

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I HAVE TSS?

If during your period or shortly after you have any of the above symptoms REMOVE YOUR TAMPON AND SEE A DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY.

Remember it’s very important to tell the doctor that you have been using tampons. If you have ever had TSS you should not use tampons until you have discussed the matter with a doctor. You may have developed a resistance to the toxin and could get TSS again.

DO TAMPONS CAUSE TSS?

The simple answer is no. Tampons do not carry the bacteria that causes TSS. However tampon use has been associated with an increased risk of TSS.

Although TSS can occur with the use of tampons if any absorbency l. The risk increases with the use of tampons with a high absorbency.

Please note that tampons are not sterile and neither are your hands or vagina. Tampons, while containing very small amounts of bacteria normally present in the air, have not been shown to carry the bacteria which causes Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TSS?

More information is available at www.toxicshox.com

WOULD YOU BE OPEN FOR COLLABORATION OR PROVIDING PRODUCT FOR EVENTS?

While we are still quite a small company we love collaborating! So if you have an amazing event that it’s in keeping with our ethos or want to help spread our word, then we’d love to hear from you. Email jette@ilolove.com and let’s see what magic can happen.