We all know that farting can be a particular big problem for men – and the women they live with. After a friend told me that her boyfriend swears by a flatulence filtering underwear called Shreddies (are you as shocked as me to learn that this is actually a thing!!??) I brought the topic up with my boyfriend who I’ve been living with for a year. I wondered why he never has this problem…turns out he does! He just goes to great length to shield me from it. Needless to say I was now more than intrigued by the underwear… My boyfriend works up to 280 hours a month, the last thing I want is for him to be stressed about gas when he comes home! Of course I also don’t want to watch TV surrounded by a foul odor. Needless to say Shreddies were put to the test and apparently there is a science to concealing unpleasant gas.
Basically there is a built-in odor filtering panel in the underwear. It traps and neutralizes the odor (activated carbon is used for this). While the underwear may seem at first glance like a gag gift, it’s really, really well researched so much so in fact that the brand was asked to present at 86th Textile Institute World Conference where it was found “to remove sulphide and ethyl mercaptan so effectively that it can filter odors 200 times the strength of the average flatus emission.” The only downside to the underwear aside from the price (one pair starts at around $30 for men), is that you need to be positioned a certain way to optimize the odor neutralizing – basically whether you’re standing or sitting your legs must be together.
I don’t think there’s a guy in this world who can’t benefit from owning at least one pair of Shreddies, especially those who suffer from IBS, Crohn’s, or food intolerances (and those who work in crowded work places!). They also make women’s versions, but unfortunately as you might imagine, the technology doesn’t work with thong cuts.