How to Have a Zero Waste Period {Period Underwear Review}

How to Have a Zero Waste Period {Period Underwear Review}

Let’s talk period pants shall we? Another requested blog post this one comes with a video AND some cheeky lingerie shots too. Bet you never thought you’d get to see me in my period pants did ya?

Nope, me neither.

I first heard about Thinx (affil) about a year ago, maybe less, and you probably did too because their marketing is AGGRESSIVE amiright? Similarly to the Mooncup, I remember my immediate reaction being one of vague disbelief and mild ick

Pants you can bleed into? Like a nappy?

But reading more and more and finding my period heavier than ever (something I wasn’t expecting post baby!) I needed something as a backup; initially I’d planned to buy reusable sanitary pads, or make them but I’d never really got on with the whole panty liner thing.

So, period pants became far more appealing. Especially after I heard such amazing reviews (and some terrible ones, for balance!)

In this post I’m sharing my honest thoughts on period underwear, the different brands on offer right now and how/why you might want to use them.


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Because I don’t use standard plastic sanitary products, simply relying on my menstrual cup my reasons for using period pants is based on necessity as opposed to switching for environmental reasons.

But you might’ve come to this post looking for a reason why you should reduce the waste your period currently produces. The average woman gets through 11,000 tampons in her life which end up hanging around on landfill for centuries due to their synthetic nature.

Let’s briefly talk about the fact you and I are able to discuss different options by virtue of our privilege. Period poverty is real for FAR too many young girls and women here in the UK and, of course, worldwide and for others, using a tampon or disposable sanitary pad is the only option for health and comfort reasons.

So my view is that those of us who are able to make a green choice with relative ease should do so. If only so that those who can’t don’t have to see those annoying headlines and feel guilty – because NOBODY should feel guilty for using a tampon, mmmkay?

Zero waste period pants underwear

Back to why I’ve chosen period pants over pads.

My primary reason is my newly-acquired heavy flow. My period requires one menstrual cup (or 3 daily tampons) for around four to five days right now and pads are often required, albeit not bought or used hence the need for something else as backup.

I bought three Thinx pairs (affil); one high waist black, one standard black and a thong. These three suffice but I’d like to add a couple more, for backup.

Psssst: I’ve only tried Thinx, however ideally, I would use a UK-based supplier so there are a few picks for you at the bottom of this post.

And here’s how they work; the science bit, if you will 😉


  • You’re saving the world! What could be a better pro than that? But seriously, making the switch to reusables means you’ll see a change in your waste REALLY quickly, which is incredibly satisfying. 
  • You’ll save money, especially if you’re switching from sanitary pads and/or tampons.
  • I’ve found this to be one of the best swaps I’ve made so far. Yes, I didn’t use pads but I was (okay, this is gross and an overshare) often leaking; my period really changed post baby and I started to get really anxious.
  • They just work! I have three pairs at the moment which are just about fine for an average period for me (although I’d like to add two more pairs.)


  • The main con for me (and I’m reaching here) is that you have to make sure you rinse your pants in cold water before you pop them in the washing machine. That extra step is a nuisance on day two when you really CBA.
  • They feel weird to the touch, sorta synthetic which, of course, they are. But I’ve not found them to be uncomfortable or thrush-inducing while I’m wearing them. But I think it’s a very personal thing, so I wouldn’t order lots in one go.
  • They take a long time to dry, so depending on your flow; how heavy, how long, and whether you are using them alone or with tampons or a menstrual cup too, you’ll need to be organised and potentially have a big stash.


  • She Thinx: (affil)The brand I use right now. They look great, fit well and work a treat but the price is a little prohibitive and, as a US brand, are privy to random customs charges. You can buy them in the UK at Selfridges though.Modi Bodi: An Australian company offering a huge range of products, including swimwear. They use Merino wool in their ranges though so aren’t vegan. But they ship from the UK 🙂
  • WUKA: A UK company (although manufactured in China) their ethos is about creating beautiful underwear that works.
  • Dear Kate: US based clothing brand. I love this brand’s diverse photography and they also offer period yoga pants too!
  • Knix: Simple styles, US based. 
  • Panty Props: Another US brand.

Thus end another thrilling chapter in the, “the world needs to know more about my bodily fluids” series. Hope you enjoyed it!

L x

Lucy Lucraft
Lucy Lucraft

Lucy is a freelance journalist, blogger and podcaster based in Brighton, UK.

She started this blog in 2013 and is the host of blogging podcast What She Said.

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  1. 9th January 2019 / 4:43 am

    I must try some too! I think there may be a South African brand – not sure how good they are. My flow is very heavy on day 1 and day 2 and I often leak despite menstrual cup. I bought some reusable pads but you can still feel the wetness you know? How do the panties feel? Do they absorb the bleed quickly or does it feel like a bit of a marsh down there for a bit? Have you tried sea sponges, Luce? Thanks for the wonderful post!

    • Leah
      19th September 2019 / 1:23 am

      I’ve used Thinx almost exclusively for a couple of years (supplementing with a cup as needed), and personally I don’t feel “wet” until the panties are full, but it IS strange at first to feel the leaking and not need to be alarmed/run to the bathroom. As for absorption it probably depends on how fast you’re bleeding (bleed per hour, if you will lol). If I’m having a higher bph, I’ll squeeze the panties with toilet paper when I use the bathroom and that seems to take care of any immediate excess. You typically know they’re full when blood continues to pool on top of the panties 🙂

      I’d also add that they don’t get that strong specific smell that pads and liners do. When full they smell a bit bloody, but it’s not nearly as intense as even a light liner.

      If you’re very heavy I think these would be great as a backup and peace of mind while you wear the cup! I tend to have a medium to light flow and these work perfectly – on my heavier days I change them out when I get home from work because I’ll feel like a need a fresh pair.

  2. Kathryn Coalter
    20th January 2019 / 4:45 pm

    I’ve used WUKA period pants for the past six months or so and would definitely recommend. They also take forever to dry, but otherwise are absolutely fab! Thanks for sharing, and well done you for making your periods waste-free x

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