How climate change is making tampons (and lots of other stuff) more expensive

Published February 18, 2023


The New York Times included Natalie Simpson in an article on how climate change is reshaping the cost of daily life in ways that consumers might not realize. Last year was a disaster for upland cotton in Texas, the state where the coarse fiber is primarily grown and then sold around the globe in the form of tampons, cloth diapers, gauze pads and other products.  Cotton is “a bellwether crop,” said Simpson. “When weather destabilizes it, you see changes almost immediately,” Simpson said. “This is true anywhere it’s grown. And the future supply that everyone depends on is going to look very different from how it does now. The trend is already there.” 

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