Dear Kate Wants You to Ditch Panty Liners for Good

©. Dear Kate

Here at TreeHugger, we’re big fans of re-usable options for dealing with periods. For some women, that means a cool DIY pad and for others it means a menstrual cup like the Ruby Cup or the Diva Cup.

Here’s another option to add to the arsenal: Dear Kate underwear. These panties are manufactured in New York City, from fabrics made in the U.S. They’re extra absorbent, which makes them an alternative to panty liners. The absorbent lining is a micropolyester and the outer fabric is a nylon/lycra blend.

So, you’re probably wonder how absorbent we're talking. According to their website, they can hold three teaspoons of liquid. Dear Kate offered to send me a pair to test for myself. As I'm perhaps too willing to make myself a Guinea pig for sustainable ideas, I accepted (opinions are still my own).

The panties are designed for use in combination with a cup (you could use tampons) or on light days. First, I wore the panties on a light day, and it was pretty great. There are always moments when pads/tampons/cups can be uncomfortable, but Dear Kate feels just like regular underwear. I also tried wearing them on a heavy day with nothing else, and discovered they're pretty impressive but definitely not a full replacement for all other menstrual products.

Plus, the underwear is cute and comes in a bunch of different styles and cuts—there’s even a thong option. I’m happy to have an alternative the embarrassingly old pair that I save for days when I think I’ll get my period. You also don’t have to worry about a pad soaking through or a cup spill, and you don’t have to worry about hand-washing out stains.

No two women have the same body, so everyone is going to feel differently about choosing period products. It’s great to have another trash-free choice.