We're literally flushing plastic into our waterways
Wipes are usually made of a cotton-like fabric woven together with plastic resins such as polyester or polypropylene, which can enter the food chain. Studies have found three-quarters of Thames flounder have plastic in their gut.
Wipes enter the river via sewerage overflow pipes having been flushed down lavatories. About 20 billion are used annually in the UK and many contain resins to hold fibres together, preventing them from breaking down in water.
We're not just talking about makeup wipes though, baby wipes (which are almost exactly the same) are the main culture. Conservation groups warn that wet wipes should never be flushed down the toilet, even if packaging claims they are ‘flushable’.The wipes can get soaked in grease and become part of ‘fatbergs’ of refuse and food waste.
Switch to reusable wipes
Ditch ever using makeup wipes again and get yourself a set of reusable wipes. Made of bamboo and cotton fibres these makeup wipes are so soft and silky on your skin!
The set includes 12 soft and 4 scrub makeup removal pads. The scrub pads are perfect for cleaning off tenacious products and exfoliating the skin. Whereas the soft pads are great for sensitive areas like the eyes and everyday makeup. On any given day, this zero-waste make up remover pads will meet your make-up removal needs.
Ideal for all skin types as there won't be any harsh scrubbing!
Reusable Baby wipes
Yes, they will take some getting used to, but once you start it will become "normal" very quickly. These cloth wipes are made of 100% cotton flannel in super cute bold and graphic patterns. Each wipe is 1 ply and can be used as baby wipes with water or a diaper solution face wipes, washcloths, toilet paper, etc. They are great to have around for any application and a perfect gift for the expecting mama!
Cover photo by www.standard.co.uk