5 alternatives to wet-wipes

January’s #FeelGoodFridays series is all about easy wins, the low hanging fruit if you will. Last week I talked about the amber bottle switch and this week I’m sharing another quick win: switching up wet-wipes for low impact versions.

By now, fatbergs are old news. Still disgusting though, and sadly still happening as many people still flush all manner of wipes. While many of us now know better, what’s talked about less is that throwing them away isn’t any better really. We’ve all been there, in the checkout queue at Primark or Superdrug with the big bins of BOGO wipes. Oh go on then, I would say, they’re so convenient. Easier to bring on a short haul flight than facewash, etc. But let’s have a little think on these for a minute.

Make-up, baby, and cleaning wipes are made of non-woven fabric with cotton, rayon and plastic fibres. When they aren’t blocking our sewage systems, they are piling up in our landfills. They don’t biodegrade easily and can even make their way out to sea, where they can be eaten by turtles and jellyfish.

It’s high time we moved past these. Here are my top five alternatives. Even cleaning (#hinching) guru Mrs Hinch uses some of these options.

1. Biodegradable cleaning wipes

My favorite biodegradable cleaning wipes, Ecover’s Pomegranate & Lime.

My favorite biodegradable cleaning wipes, Ecover’s Pomegranate & Lime.

These Ecover wipes are my absolute favourite. They smell really nice and clean amazingly well.

2. The one and only Minky

Minkeh, do you love meeee. Photo credit:  Minky .

Minkeh, do you love meeee. Photo credit: Minky.

This one’s for all you Mrs Hinch fans, the Minky (‘minkeh’ as she calls him). It’s currently sold out, but not if you buy their bigger bundle of cleaning cloths. I like that it’s anti-bacterial and can be used with almost any cleaner.

3. Biodegradable makeup wipes

faith in nature wipes are made in the UK. Photo credit:  faith in nature .

faith in nature wipes are made in the UK. Photo credit: faith in nature.

Made in the UK, these Faith in Nature wipes have a low carbon footprint and are completely biodegradable.

4. Reusable cloth makeup removers

Colourful reusable makeup removal cloths, complete with a wash bag. Photo credit:  Boobalou

Colourful reusable makeup removal cloths, complete with a wash bag. Photo credit: Boobalou

These cloths from Boobalou are also made in the UK and come with a bag to wash them in. If you’re in the US - see this list of options.

5. Biodegradable baby wipes

Bulk eco-baby wipes. Photo credit:  Biggreensmile .

Bulk eco-baby wipes. Photo credit: Biggreensmile.

These are a highly rated and come in bulk with recyclable packaging. Bonus.

So what this boils down to is: 1) go biodegradable or 2) think multi-use. The most sustainable of these is the second option, since the packaging on biodegradable is still a source of plastic waste! These products are just the tip of the iceberg, there are now SO MANY alternatives out there. I would love to hear if you have made the switch away from nasty old wet-wipes, and where you get yours from.
And while there have been effective petitions which have changed the way producers of products such as crisps (chips in the US) have to recycle their packaging, I don’t know of similar movements which ask producers to consider making their single use wipes biodegradable. Should we start one?! Let me know in the comments or via my contact page.

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