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. This set of wipes includes a a plywood box, and an organic cotton drawstring bag.
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 break down and harm marine wildlife.
These organic cotton baby wipes are in 4 colours, to wash and use again. Made ethically in the UK, wash warm with similar colours, tumble dry low and do not bleach. Expect some shrinkage. Choose from packs of 6, 12 and 25 wipes. In natural white, undyed, plain blush or plain turquoise. Can also be used as cloth napkins.
Choose Better 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 is one of the better brands, made from biodegradable and compostable materials. PH balanced and free from nasty chemicals, these are suitable for sensitive skin.
CaliBaby Reusable Wet Wipes (NZ) are sold in a set of 12, as an alternative to disposable wet wipes, which are bad for the planet, and cause no end of clogged drains, flooded gardens and make up ‘fatbergs’ from things wrongly flushed down the toilet.
Made from organic cotton, these are ethically made with love in India. After use, just soak if need be, then wash in the machine. At end of life, just cut into pieces, and add them to your home compost, or throw them in the bin, where they will naturally biodegrade. Organic cotton is also soft on your baby’s bum, and durable enough to last for many washes. Unbleached and undyed, so safe for your little bairn!