What the Thinx Class Action Settlement Means for All of Us
Sierra Club Magazine
By Jessian Choy
“Thinx consumers united to launch a class action lawsuit in response to the news, and in January 2023, the company agreed to pay up to $5 million to settle. The settlement is the first regarding PFAS in consumer products, though the financial penalty itself won’t be much more than a pinprick for Thinx….
“Also, Thinx claimed its products were ‘free from non-migratory antimicrobial nanoparticles.’ But the settlement agreement didn’t require Thinx to remove their potentially unsafe antibacterial nanotech, such as Agion treatments. It only required Thinx to disclose its use and stop falsely saying it doesn’t migrate from their products. Studies by Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) showed that hazardous ingredients in menstrual products are not necessarily those intentionally introduced during the fabrication process but rather those found in the materials that make up product components.”