Every now and then we receive a comment on our Facebook page from someone asking why Confitex underwear is more expensive than ordinary underwear. Now we know they’re not the cheapest undies out there (although they’re far from the most expensive – that gong goes to a US$30 million diamond bikini designed by Susan Rosen for the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue), but we believe they’re worth every cent.


Confitex absorbent underwear is designed and built to last, so it’ll save you money in the long term, as well as giving you the peace of mind of knowing you’re protected by high-performance quick-drying and odour-resistant absorbent fabric technology originally created with elite endurance athletes in mind.


Laboratory testing shows that our undies last for at least 200 washes without any reduction in their absorbent properties. So if you buy yourself four pairs so you can wear them every day and do a load of washing twice a week, you’re getting more than two years’ worth of undies for only $200.


How does that stack up against buying ordinary undies and disposable pads to wear in them? Let’s do some quick sums to figure this out…


In New Zealand, a popular brand of men’s medium protection urinary incontinence pads costs $14 for 10 pads, or $1.40 per pad. For women, a six pack of medium protection fast-absorbing urinary incontinence pads that provide a similar level of protection to Confitex underwear costs $7.69, or $1.28 for each pad. (Remember physiotherapists emphasise it’s important to use purpose-designed incontinence pads for bladder issues, rather than sanitary items designed for menstrual fluid.)


That doesn’t sound too bad, does it? But when you add them up over the months, weeks and even years, it soon becomes apparent that it's a false economy.


Even if you only use one pad a day you could be spending $40 a month, or as much as $500 a year. Two pads a day could see you spending over $1000 a year, just on daytime pads! Compare that to the four pairs of Confitex you could buy for only $200 and use for two years, and it’s easy to see how quickly investing in reusable, rather than disposable, stacks up financially.


And that’s not even counting the money you’ll save by not needing to buy ordinary undies any more – with popular brands of men’s undies costing at least $30 a pair, and women’s designer lingerie often costing even more for even less, there are big savings there too.


Many Confitex users start out trialling one or two pairs, then find them so indispensable that they budget to buy another pair or two each month until they have enough to wear them every day, just like normal undies. Others know a good deal when they see one and order a week’s worth (plus an extra pair for washing day) from the outset. (These canny shoppers also get the benefit of free delivery within New Zealand and Australia when they order three or more pairs from our website store*.)


Plus, of course, there’s the cost that really counts – the cost to our planet of sending hundreds of pads a year to landfill. Many people don’t realise that disposable incontinence pads are lined with plastic, which takes up to 500 years to break down, so every pad you’ve ever used is still out there somewhere.


By contrast, Confitex underwear is made from plastic-free fabrics, so when it does finally make it to the landfill after years of loyal service, it will break down naturally.


Add that to the fact that you can order Confitex discreetly online so you’ll never have to worry again about your neighbour catching you at the supermarket checkout with a big stack of pads, and it’s a no-brainer.


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