Feminine Hygiene Products are Being Used to Identify Toxins in Rivers

By: Amelia Roblin - Apr 1, 2015
References: sheffield.ac.uk & magazine.good.is
Some people have been clever enough to find alternate uses for feminine hygiene products in the sphere of health and first aid; but recently, a tampon test has been initiated within the environmental realm as well. Scientists in the UK are using these untreated bundles of cotton to soak up optical brighteners in creeks, rivers and lakes to determine the instances and levels of contamination.

Feminine hygiene products are proving to be great absorbent tools for investigating faults in the water treatment process; however, these goods were not actually designed for the job. There's an opportunity here for companies within the broader industry of tissue and cotton products to create purpose-made sponges for investigating the detergents and chemicals that are making it through the system. These would then be bathed in UV light to determine the severity of toxicity.