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Thinx Toxic Underwear Class Action Lawsuit Details

Class Action Lawsuit Claims Thinx Underwear is Toxic

Thinx Inc., an American company known for its hygiene products, was charged with a class action lawsuit due to allegations that their underwear contains toxic substances.

The Lawsuit

Destini Kanan, the lead plaintiff, filed the class action lawsuit against Thinx Inc. in a California federal court in November 2020.

The class action lawsuit asserts that the company’s Period Proof Cotton Brief can have dangerous health effects since the product is made up of toxic substances.

Plaintiff Allegations

The lead plaintiff argues that the company branded the product as safe to use and health-friendly.

This targeted health-conscious consumers to pay a higher price for the added benefit instead of buying alternatives like tampons.

She adds that the company has failed to include a complete and accurate ingredients list, which has deceived its customers into thinking that the product is safe.

The complainant alleges that the statement released by the company regarding the testing on their product aimed to hide the truth from their customers.

Product Test and PFAs

According to the lead plaintiff, an independent test conducted on the alleged underwear revealed that it has toxic substances. 

In January 2020, Sierra magazine reporter, Jessian Choy, published an article regarding the test conducted by Dr. Graham Peaslee, a nuclear scientist for the University of Notre Dame.

The test showed high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs) were found in the Period Proof Cotton Brief.

PFAs are chemical substances known to have potential damaging health risks, especially when individuals are exposed to them continuously with time. 

They were originally created in the 1940s to make fabric water and stain-resistant.

The said human-made substances are widely available in a variety of products we use today. 

The impact they can have on health has widened to include an increase in cholesterol level, weakened immune system, decrease in weight of newborns, caner (PFOA), and disruption in thyroid hormone ( PFOS).

Due to this, various government agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continuously monitor and assess the said substances’ impact.

Thinx Response

After the article was published, Thinx CEO, Maria Molland, released a statement in February 2020 to respond.

The company did not acknowledge any of the allegations and contended that the company had the Period Proof Cotton Brief tested by a toxicologist, Dr. Chris Mackay, from Intertox Inc, a toxicology company.

Thinx asserts that their tests did not reveal the same results as what the plaintiff claims. 

The company states that the methods used by Dr. Peaslee only revealed the presence of fluoride in the alleged underwear and not PFAs.

The company also argues that their products were tested and certified by Bureau Veritas, S.A., which verified that PFAs were not present in their products.

The company declares that they are committed to offering safe products for their consumers.

Editor’s Note on Thinx Toxic Underwear Class Action Lawsuit:

This article is published to inform you of the latest class action lawsuit filed against Thinx Inc. due to allegations that their underwear contains toxic substances.

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