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Mexico City's Ban On Single-Use Plastic Results In Tampon Ban

by Rudy Sanchez on 02/11/2021 | 1 Minute Read

Joining other major metropolises, Mexico City (CDMX) legislated bans on single-use plastic in response to the growing pollution crisis. Unlike other cities that have focused on items such as shopping bags, drinking straws, and eating utensils, CDMX’s ban comes written in a way that bans all single-use plastic, starting in 2021. This broad prohibition on single-use plastic also includes tampon applicators, resulting in the menstrual care product being unavailable throughout the city of 20 million people.

The resulting absence of tampons within the city has incited controversy over the single-use plastic ban and the resulting response from the government. It's even more peculiar that tampons are still readily available outside city limits.

Rather than revisit the single-use plastic ban and carving out exemptions for health products such as tampons, city officials have recommended women begin using menstrual cups until their preferred products get provided for free as a matter of public health.

“The menstrual cup is an excellent alternative that is completely friendly to the environment. Let's encourage its use to reduce pollution,” City legislator Alessandra Rojo de la Vega said.

Public response to the lack of tampons has been seen by some as the latest example of the government intruding on women’s bodies by limiting options to feminine health, accusing officials of legislating from a position of privilege, taking offense to tampons getting declared “nonessential,” and frustration over yet another imposition being put on women.

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