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Are the fabrics used in your period pants safe?

Tuesday, 14 January 2020  |  Admin

Are the fabrics used in your period pants safe?

We've had a few queries today from customers wanting reassurance after a scientist allegedly found toxic chemicals in another well known brand of period pants.  To be fair I always treat these sorts of scare mongering stories with a HUGE pinch of salt but I understand your concerns.  For many of us (myself included) we have chosen cloth sanitary pads and period pants because we want less chemicals in and around our sensitive lady bits, not more.

That's one of the reasons that we've steered away from using 'special' fabrics containing silver or infused unicorn horn or any other nonsense with anti-bacterial properties because...well, it's just not necessary and feels a little bit gimmicky.  Our Period pants are made from the same materials that you would normally wear as your knickers every day, however with two distinct differences. 

Absorbency

There's an extra absorbent layer inside the gusset of the pants which runs from front waistband to back waistband of our pants and this is simply cotton / elastane.  We use this because the elastane gives them good stretch and the cotton is absorbent without being bulky.

Waterproofing

The outer layers of our period pants need to be waterproofed - that's what stops blood leaking through the pants onto your clothes.  For this layer we use 'Oeko-Tex' certified TPU, rather than PUL.  TPU is very similar to PUL - however it's bonded using heat rather than chemicals.  This is why you shouldn't tumble dry period pants as it can damage the heat bonding on the waterproof layer.  We use TPU rather than PUL because it's softer, more stretchy, and less crunchy which gives a much better feel and fit.

What is Oeko-Tex certification? 

Oeko-tex is a globally renowned testing standard.  Our fabric carries the Oeko-tex 'standard 100' which means that it has been tested for harmful substances and is proven to be 'harmless in human ecological terms'.  And they don't just test for regulated substances but non-regulated ones too.

So, in summary, our pants continue to be a 'gamechanger' in allowing freedom from irritating sanitary products.  And that's our customers words, not ours!  We've had tons of reviews from you already explaining how much more comfortable and easy to wear you've found wearing period pants.   Don't be put off by scare stories.  Embrace a more eco-friendly, skin friendly alternative to disposable sanitary products, do your bit for the planet too.