Rayon is a manufactured fabric. It was created as a less expensivealternative to silk. The first production dates to 1855, but it wasimpractical and highly flammable. Rayon wa…s not producedcommercially until 1891. (MORE)
Rayon is used in tampons because it is a very cheap material - it'sproduced from paper pulp and is highly absorbent so very little rawmaterial is needed to make the final prod…uct - thus tamponcompanies perfer using rayon to cotton to increase profits. Tampon companies are self-regulated and self-tested so despiteadditional health risks from rayon tampons - increased risk of TSSand vaginal infections, rayon tampons are also heavily chemciallytreated and bleached resulting in the byproduct dioxin - they cancontinue to use rayon without any regulations preventing it's use. If concerned about rayon in tampons you have other options; .
Organic cotton tampons. .
Sponge tampons. .
Soft tampons. .
Cloth tampons. .
Menstrual cups. .
Softcups. Menstrual cups are the prefered alternative to rayon tampons asthey are far safer, this also makes cups more convenient thantampons as there are fewer precautions to follow, plus otherbenefits in reliability, comfort, green credentials and cost. (MORE)
Rayon may stretch a little if it gets wet. Rayon is a manufactured regenerated cellulose fiber. Because it is produced from naturally occurring polymers, it is neither a truly… synthetic fiber nor a natural fiber. (MORE)