It is impossible to find tampons in any of Mexico City’s 16 boroughs as a result of the ban on single-use plastics that took effect January 1.
The newspaper Milenio reported that it was unable to locate the feminine hygiene products anywhere in the capital but noted that they are widely available in neighboring México state, where disposable plastics remain legal.
Mexico City Environment Minister Mariana Robles asserted in January that single-use plastics, among which are disposable cutlery, cups and straws – and tampons with plastic applicators – are “not really essential.”
But many women disagree with tampons’ “nonessential” classification and have taken to social media to voice their opposition to their prohibition.
“Stop legislating with privilege, tampons are essential products,” one Twitter user said in a post directed to Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum.
Alessandra Rojo de la Vega, a Mexico City lawmaker with the Green Party, said that menstrual cups are an “excellent alternative” to tampons, adding that they are environmentally friendly.
“Let’s incentivize their use to reduce contamination,” she said, asserting that the government should distribute them to women free of charge.
But another Twitter user took umbrage at lawmakers telling women what menstrual products they should and shouldn’t use.
“Suggesting the use of a menstrual cup is not the solution,” Twitter user Miss Maple said in a post directed to Mayor Sheinbaum and the Mexico City government.
“I can’t believe how idiotic we are in Mexico,” tweeted Daniela García, a journalist in Nuevo León, above a link to a news report on the absence of tampons on the shelves of Mexico City stores.
“As if women didn’t [already] confront all kinds of problems, now the government imposes a new one on them – no tampons,” tweeted Carlos Elizondo, an academic at the Tec de Monterrey university.
“In other countries they have zero value-added tax. Here they ban them in the middle of a pandemic.”
The Mexico City Post