Mexico City — Authorities in the Mexican capital have angered women's rights groups by banning the sale of tampons with plastic applicators.
The move has sparked a shortage of the products in retail outlets, according to news organizations monitoring the situation.
"A measure that might sound very progressive and well intentioned with an environmental commitment is neglecting the needs of women," activist Sally Santiago told Reuters.
Legislators voted in May 2019 to ban non-biodegradable and non-compostable plastic bags and utensils such as spoons, forks, plates and cups, but initially failed to mention that tampons were also under threat. The ban went into effect at the beginning of 2021.
Mariana Robles, the capital's environment secretary, defended the tampon move and claimed "excellent alternatives" were available, among them tampons with cardboard applicators and menstrual cups.
Writing on social media, one person pointed out: "We all want to see the eradication of single-use plastic but it's strange the authorities are taking such a hard line against tampons. Menstrual cups and ecological products are not for everyone. Not all women can use them."