thanx has Settled A class-action lawsuit alleging that its products contain harmful chemicals, although the company denies the allegations.
The period underwear brand has long been marketed as a sustainable, organic alternative to conventional, single-use products.
However, a class action trial Alleged that Thinx falsely claimed its products were free of harmful chemicals after independent third-party testing Multiple polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), often referred to as “forever chemicals”, and silver nanoparticles.
The May 2022 complaint alleged that chemicals found in Thinx products “pose a safety hazard to the female body and the environment.” Indeed, research shows that increased exposure to PFAS is associated with reduced fertility in women.
Personal hygiene products for menstruating people have a history of health concerns for consumers, dating back to the 1980s when tampons were first linked to toxic shock syndrome, the lawsuit noted.
The lawsuit states, “The presence of these chemicals contradicts all of Thinx’s irrevocable representations that the product is non-toxic, harmless, sustainable, organic, eco-friendly, and otherwise safe for women and the environment.”
Class members were notified of the settlement this week npr,
A District Court for the Southern District of New York gave preliminary approval for the settlement in December. Thinx has agreed to pay up to $5 million (£4 million) in reimbursements to customers who purchased its products between November 12, 2016, and November 28, 2022. Additionally, eligible customers can choose between cash reimbursement for up to three pairs of underwear or vouchers for 35% off.
Customers have until April 12, 2023 file a claim for reimbursement.
Along with other brands such as Nix and Proof, Thinx quickly became one of the major leaders in the reusable menstrual products market. However, harmful chemicals were first found in Thinx products in early 2020. Shortly thereafter, two lawsuits, combined with the May 2022 case, were filed against the company.
Despite agreeing to the agreement, Thinks claims that PFAS have never been part of the design of its products.
“The litigation against Thinks has been resolved, the settlement is not an admission of guilt or wrongdoing by Thinks, and we deny all of the allegations made in the lawsuit,” a spokesperson said in a company statement sent to HuffPost. ” “We will continue to focus on bringing innovative, safe and comfortable leak protection underwear to consumers.”
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