Wet wipes – what would we do without them?
From nappy changes and wiping messy faces, to mopping up spills and cleaning sticky fingers. Wet wipes are the go-to essential for parents everywhere.
But sadly, the impact on our environment caused by these seemingly harmless but convenient wet rectangles of ‘tissue’ means that perhaps we should take more time to consider the wipes we are using.
As parents or parents-to-be, many of us are already au fait with the difference between ‘regular’ wipes and pure water wipes, but when selecting our essentially ‘purer’ wipes, do we also think about what the wipe itself is made from? What many of us may not realise is that the wipes themselves are often made using plastic-based materials, such as polyester or polypropylene. As such, these types of wipes are not fully biodegradable. When these throwaway items are disposed of, they will break down in to smaller pieces, however in the process harmful microscopic fibres are released which are damaging to the world around us.
But all is not lost! If, like many parents, wet wipes are a product you really can’t do without there are other options. One of which is to switch, or indeed ‘Wipe Swap,’ to a plastic-free, eco-friendly, biodegradable wipe instead.
But if you’re still not convinced, here are our ‘Top Reasons Why’ biodegradable, plastic-free wipes are the answer to our wet wipe prayers:
1.You will have peace of mind knowing you are doing ‘your bit’ for the environment. Changing to a biodegradable version will help to reduce the amount of plastic pollution that we collectively send into the world’s oceans.
2.The vast majority of baby wipes on the market are not biodegradable because the fabrics used to make the wipe contain plastic. It’s well documented that these fabrics can take many, many years to degrade. According to Water UK1, the trade body representing the main water and sewerage companies in the country, wet wipes are not only responsible for a staggering 93% of blockages in UK sewers, they are also the primary component of the infamous giant obstacles known as ‘fatbergs’.
3.Every wipe counts. It only takes a few wet wipes to clog up a drain. Plus, if they come in to contact with disposed fats and oils, ‘fatbergs” are created and can harbour in public sewers – even becoming as big as a bus.
4.Fabrics containing plastic are more commonly used as they are cheaper to manufacture but are much more damaging to the environment. When incorrectly flushed away, wet wipes that contain plastic actually break down into microplastics, which can be ingested by marine life, with fatal consequences.
5.Wet wipe pollution is reportedly “changing the shape of our river beds,” with more than five thousand (or enough to cover two football pitches) found next to the River Thames, London last year, according to environmental agency Thames 21.
6.Biodegradable wipes, such as Aqua Wipes are made from natural materials, so are less likely to irritate the skin too! Aqua Wipes are made from 100% Viscose, which is manufactured from Cellulose – a natural material.
7.Be compostable – biodegradable wipes, like Aqua Wipes are made from 100% Viscose so they are completely compostable!
8.And finally – The Government is threatening a widespread ban on wet wipes containing plastics, so moving to biodegradable plastic free wipes has never been so current. Get ahead of the game and switch now!
Aqua Wipes are fully biodegradable wipes, created to be kind to the environment AND baby’s skin.
These revolutionary wipes do not use plastic-based materials and contain 99.6% purified water with an organic Aloe Vera extract formulation. Used by special care baby units, neonatal and maternity units in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), Aqua Wipes are created with the environment in mind, while caring for even the most delicate skin.