Update on the Robin Danielson Act


Representative Carolyn Maloney recently re-introduced the Robin Danielson Feminine Hygiene Product Safety Act (H.R. 1708) on March 26, 2015. Coincidentally, my Robin Danielson Act post got published on The Huffington Post on March 27, 2015. What’s interesting is that my post went on a long journey before it got released. The timing of the bill’s re-introduction, the recent number of articles on the bill and my HuffPo piece feels like there are positive signs and a growing movement to get the ingredients and health risks in tampons and pads disclosed.

They say there’s strength in numbers. The Robin Danielson Act numbers aren’t large enough yet. Based on the number of women I’ve talked to in the past year about the Robin Danielson Act, here are four observations of what might be preventing a large number of women from demanding the disclosure of this important information:

  1. Many women don’t know healthier options to use: I often share info on menstrual cups, menstrual cloths, organic non-gmo tampons and pads and sea sponges.
    • Tip: Check out your local health food store to get a feel for some of these products. Learn more about healthier products.
  2. Women are very particular about the product(s) they use: There are some women who emphatically insist that they have to use a tampon because of their flow or physical activity. Reports indicate that organic tampons aren’t the healthiest option because the organic or non-organic fibers clog the liver that is tasked to clear toxins from the system. I’ve
    • Tip: It’s a woman’s choice to use the products she wants to use. How do you know you don’t like something unless you try it? Can’t hurt to try a different option.
  3. Women are resistant to try something new: A woman who hears about a Diva cup or a Daisy cup for the first time often has a puzzled look on her face asking about how to use it. There’s a fear of not using it properly, making a mess or how it feels.
    • Tip: If you’re open to trying a healthier option luckily there are different resources to check out on social media. For example, YouTube has helpful tutorial videos, Facebook has community pages and groups. Ask questions and seek help!
  4. Women are extremely busy: Many women I’ve talked to have expressed an interest in signing the petition or contacting their elected representative but mention they are busy or haven’t had a chance to do it.

Please share with your friends and family! With action, you can make a difference to not only your health but the health of future generations!

I’d love to hear feedback and/or thoughts on how to bring additional support to the Robin Danielson Act. I have a few ideas in the works…stay tuned.


Lorraine Giordano
Inspired To Health