Bladder leakage or incontinence affects one in three women and one in ten men, often as a result of surgery, childbirth or other trauma, but many struggle with the inconvenience, expense and ecological unfriendliness of pads and panty liners.

Whether they make it to landfill or, even worse, end up in our oceans, ‘disposable’ pads and diapers containing plastic lining can take as long as 500 years to decompose.

Nearly 20 billion single-use baby nappies are added to landfills every year in the USA alone, but research suggests that adult diapers and plastic-lined pads are fast becoming even larger cause for concern.

With bladder leakage becoming a more common issue as populations age, and now affecting more than 520 million adults globally, it’s only a matter of time until there are more adult nappies than baby nappies in our landfill.

A report predicts that sales of adult diapers will overtake baby diapers within a decade: “In the five years ending in 2020, sales (of adult diapers) are expected to have grown by almost 50%. At that pace, Bloomberg reports that adult diapers – products aimed mostly at middle aged women – could overtake the baby diaper market in a decade.”

Which all makes Plastic Free July the perfect time to get your first pair of reusable, sustainable Confitex, or replenish your collection with some new styles. 
Confitex underwear looks and feels just like ordinary underwear, but its three-layer plastic-free textile technology breathes naturally, absorbs moisture and protects against light bladder leakage.

It can be put straight in the washing machine and dryer just like normal clothing, offering a discreet, convenient and eco-friendly alternative to plastic-lined pads. 
“We’re hugely proud to be offering the many men and women who experience light bladder leakage a sustainable solution so they can get on with their lives,” says Confitex designer Frantisek Riha-Scott.

Plastic Free July started in 2011 to encourage locals in the Australian city of Perth to be mindful of how much single-use plastic they consume. Come 2018, it has become a not-for-profit foundation with global reach, as businesses, organisations and millions of individuals worldwide challenge themselves to reduce single-use plastic - and some make living plastic-free a lifelong habit.

Confitex was born with sustainability in mind, so to help you get on board with Plastic Free July, we’re sharing a few ways you can reduce the amount of plastic you consume - and look after the planet in the process. 
Small changes that make a big difference:

- Invest in a keep-cup for takeaway coffees, juices and smoothies – and if you forget your keep-cup, at least ask for your drink without a plastic lid.

- Keep shopper bags in the boot of your car so you can say no to plastic at the supermarket. Don’t forget the smaller bags for fruit and veges.

- Say no to a straw when ordering drinks and cocktails.

- Keep a small lunchbox and a fork in your car or bag for when you buy takeaway salads and lunches. Wash it after use and return it to your bag.

- Use the same lunchbox for sushi – and while you’re there, use the soy sauce bottle in the sushi shop instead of taking those tiny plastic fish.

- Ask the butcher or fishmonger to wrap your fish or meat in paper instead of plastic – even supermarkets will do this.

- Carry a good quality reusable water bottle instead of buying bottled water.

Buy cleaning products in bulk and refill containers, or make your own simple formulas.

Make the change to washable, sustainable absorbent underwear instead of throwaway plastic-lined pads. Washable, dryable and reusable, Confitex underwear features a plastic-free textile technology that is breathable, absorbent, odour-protective and hypo-allergenic, and has been laboratory-tested to withstand more than 100 washes. Our underwear comes in a range of styles and sizes to suit both men and women - helping to pave the way for a more sustainable future.