Reusable baby wipes are much better for your baby and the planet. When disposable wipes get flushed down loos, they contribute to blocked sewers and garden floods. They were one of the main items composed of London’s recent ‘Fatty MacFatberg’ – a huge pile of goo that had to be broken down, after blocking a main sewer. These hemp reusable cloths are made from a naturally organic plant that removes heavy metals from the earth as it grows. Designed to last years, make a biodegradable liquid soap solution (unscented) and store in a Tupperware, for homemade wet wipes.
According to Friends of the Earth, 90% of blocked sewers are due to disposable wet wipes, which are neither biodegradable or compostable. Of course, they should not be flushed down the toilet anyway, but people do. Most are made with plastic, and sold in plastic packaging. And no doubt have chemicals that are not good for a baby’s skin or health. Around 11 billion are used yearly in the UK alone, and the microplastics end up in our seas, where they harm marine wildlife.
choose greener disposable baby wipes
If you do choose to use disposable wet wipes, at least choose a brand that’s made from organic biodegradable materials (still don’t flush them down the loo, as they won’t break down like toilet paper, they are too thick). Natracare and Kit & Kin are two of the better brands, made from biodegradable and compostable materials. PH balanced and free from nasty chemicals, these are suitable for sensitive skin.