If you’re one of the thousands of Brits who use wet wipes every day, life as you know it could be about to change!
The UK uses tens of thousands of wet wipes each year, with many of us choosing to take off our make up at the end of the day, or wipe grubby hands or baby bottoms with the convenient product.
But in a new environmental move, this could be set to change. Michael Gove has suggested wet wipes could be outlawed, as part of the government’s bid to crack down on plastic waste.
Wet wipes are made from polyester and contain microfibres that have chemicals added. Many are still flushed down toilets, and release chemicals that cause havoc for our marine life.
‘As part of our 25-year environment plan, we have pledged to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste, and that includes single-use products like wet wipes,’ says a spokeswoman for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
‘We are continuing to work with manufacturers and retailers of wet wipes to make sure labelling on packaging is clear and people know how to dispose of them properly – and we support the industry’s efforts to make their customers aware of this important issue.’
Last week research by Thames21 found more than 5,000 wet wipes alongside the Thames, and revealed that the waste is changing the shape of river beds.
While wet wipes are a burden for the environment, there’s no denying that they are a handy product – particularly for new parents or anyone trying to keep clean while camping! But there are other options.
Best alternatives to wet wipes
- Looking to budge stubborn make up without waste? Try W7 It’s Magic Make Up Remover Cloth, £3.99. It’s great for sensitive skin as – amazingly – it only needs water to work.
- A damp flannel or cotton wool ball might make a suitable alternative for nappy changes. Try these Shnuggle Bamboo Wash Cloths, £9.95 for three. They are naturally anti-bacterial and super soft.