Let's talk about period toxicity ... are our knickers safe??

Caroline Laffer | 08 September, 2021

Toxic chemicals on period underwear called PFAS

When it comes to any product that we consume and use (whether ON or IN our body), we want to be sure that they're 100% safe and in tip top condition  and of the best possible quality, especially when they’re for our children.

Here at Knicked HQ, we feel the same way! We only want to offer you the best quality products and we're constantly researching and finding new ways to innovate and improve what and how we do things.

Recently we came across this interesting and concerning article about the hidden horrors of period underwear (and some other menstrual products) containing harmful chemicals for the body. These harmful chemicals are called PFAS or Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances. We're sharing it with you, so we can help you understand what it's all about, and also to give you peace-of-mind that that's NOT what you get with KNICKED! 

In January 2020, journalist Jessian Choy, reported that a nuclear scientist had found these group of harmful chemicals (PFAS) in several pairs of a particular brand of period underwear. PFAS are a group of man-made synthetic chemicals that are manufactured and used in different industries all over the world. These chemicals include PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many others. These chemicals are very persistent and accumulate over time. Some research even showed that exposure to PFAS can lead to detrimental human health problems - yikes! 

In addition to that, several studies have shown that PFOA and PFOS can cause reproductive and developmental problems, liver and kidney problems, and immunological effects in animals. For humans, these chemicals can cause increased cholesterol levels, immune system disorder, cancer, and thyroid disruption. WHAT A PALAVA!!!

Our Knicked knickers have undergone testing and the result (which we already knew!) came out NEGATIVE and we're proud of the products that we sell to our beloved customers. Our knickers are sustainable, comfortable, reliable, and high-quality, eliminating the need for bulky pads and intrusive tampons (which could contain other harmful chemicals including PFAS).

Watch this video from Goalcast about a supermodel who lost both her feet due to Toxic Shock Syndrome brought about by wearing a tampon.

Long before our period underwear was launched, we'd been comprehensively researching the best materials to use, searching for the right manufacturer for testing and turning our vision for the best quality, environmentally friendly pre-period and period underwear for teens and tweens into reality. We created endless samples, did endless testing and fine-tuning to produce the period undies that our customers love and support today.

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Our knickers are very cost-effective too! Previously, we wrote a blog about how much you can save from using our period undies rather than the usual pads and tampons. Ditch the disposables - they're not good for your body nor for the environment - and SAVE $$$. Read more about that here!

Always choose the best for your teens and tweens. We have a special discount code for first-time buyers who'd like to try out Knicked underwear. It's a great time to trial period underwear while you're at home in lockdown, your daughters can give them a go if they're feeling nervous or unsure about how it all works! Use code TRYME at checkout to get $5.00 AUD off your first purchase!