Responsible use of wipes
Using Cleansing wipes responsibly
One of the best inventions has been the wet wipe!
They're practical, portable, and effective for all sorts of spills and messes in your life. Yes, they’re bad for the environment, but giving them up completely is not an option for a lot of people. So it was a sobering read today on the BBC news website that in the UK the disposal of these clean ups cloths is causing sewer blockages on scales never before seen!
They account for a startling 93% of the material blocking our sewers according to Water UK
One of the issues is that as a 'one-use' product they have an impact on our environment; throw them away and they'll languish in a landfill, or maybe they'll be incinerated but this will create harmful gases. The main problem is that although many are manufactured as 'flushable' this is clearly a problem. Too many people flush them down the loo and they end up in sewage system and ultimately the sea. Not a great scenario.
With this in mind, I asked Younique what our Cleansing Cloths were made of and the answer is that they are made of rayon. Rayon is a manufactured fiber made from regenerated cellulose fiber, which is made with ether or esters of cellulose, which can be obtained from the bark, wood or leaves of plants, or from a plant-based material. They are biodegradable and flushable also, but honestly I would have to say this is a bad idea, so please discard them in a more sensible way. A study published in 2004 in the Journal of Applied Polymer Science demonstrated that rayon breaks down more quickly than cotton when composted, so if you have a garden, shred them into your compost heap.
It's been an education to learn that they cannot be flushed safely, because so many wipes are marketed as that, so from now on I'll be putting them in the compost pile.