Review: Thinx vs EvaWear Period Undies
Sustainable feminine products seem to be the rage at the moment - from menstrual cups to period panties. Approximately 20 billion pads, tampons and applicators are being sent to North American landfills annually and on an individual level, an average woman may use as many as 16,800 tampons in her lifetime. And if we factor in the amount of time plastic takes to decompose in landfills (hint: it could take 1000 years!), it only makes sense to consider more sustainable alternatives.
Period panties, what? Basically, undies made of more absorbent material than your normal ones - completely re-usable and therefore a more sustainable solution than single-use disposable products.
I spent time scouring the internet for the first 2 brands on my first period panties review and decided to go with Thinx's hiphugger & EvaWear's hipster. I chose these 2 based on similarities in terms of cut and feedback from other users.
While Thinx seems to follow US standard sizing, EvaWear runs a little bit on the smaller side. Should you decide to purchase EvaWear, consider sizing up.
This photo illustrates sizing discrepancy between the 2 brands.
Both undies are made of 3 layers: outer, inner and PUL* layer. From first glance, ratios between cotton, nylon and spandex seem to be similar on both products. One thing that stood out is that Thinx claims it uses organic cotton for its inner layer and also indicates that its PUL material is breathable while EvaWear did not indicate such claims.
*What is PUL? PUL or Polyurethane laminate is laminated material used as lining in period panties.
Both undies claim to have the ability hold up to 2 regular tampons.
My experience: Both undies have a tad bit thicker material than regular undies. I felt that the slightly thicker material feels warmer than my regular undies - especially with the summer heat. In terms of absorbency, I wore both comfortably for at least 4 hours - after that, I grew more conscious of the possibility of a leakage. Once or twice, I did experience side leaks around 5th/6th hour on heavy days on both products.
In terms of overall material, I have a slight preference towards Thinx - mainly because the material feels softer against the skin and it feels more breathable than EvaWear.
Thinx's classic hiphugger sells at $34 while EvaWear's hipster is priced at ~$23 (or a 2-pack is priced at $43) - that makes EvaWear around 30% less expensive than Thinx.
Is the premium worth on Thinx? I find 30% a little steep especially I am yet to determine both products' durability. After 6 months or so, maybe I can write a follow up post on this (so, stay tuned).
#4 Laundry Instructions
Washing was a breeze. First, I rinsed with cold water, used a mesh bag, and threw in the washing machine along with my other clothing. I refrained from using dryer on both and instead air-dried. Note that Thinx's care instructions indicates to not use fabric softener - this might be because fabric softener could make the material less absorbent.
#5 Social Responsibility
Thinx's website states that it supports a handful of social programs through advocacy (United for Access campaign), education (EveryBody program), and access (Period Poverty program).
As of July 2019 - based on my internet research (using English language), EvaWear does not seem to be supporting any social causes.
Give either products a try. In my opinion, period panties are good supplement to other products like menstual cup or re-usable absorbency pads. It's something that you can use by itself when you're at the comforts of your own home - however, I'm a little apprehensive to recommend it by itself if you have to spend more than 8 hours at work or school.
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