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Best Plastic-Free Wet Wipes 2023

Where to buy 100% plastic-free wet wipes, baby wipes, moist tissues and make-up-remover wipes.

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On 2nd November 2021, a bill to ban the use of plastics in single use wet wipes, moist tissues, make-up remover wipes and baby wipes was given it's first reading in the house of commons. The legislation has been proposed by Fleur Anderson, the Labour MP for Putney, who has put forward a Bill to prohibit the manufacture and sale of wet wipes containing plastic.

It has long been known that wet wipes - even those which are labelled as flushable - are the cause of blockages in the UK's sewers, as can be seen in this this BBC report into the problems caused by wet wipes in London's sewers. These are caused by "fatbergs" which form when non-biodegradeable material, such as plastic containing wet wipes, are flushed into sewers, and mix with fat and oil, which sticks them together into one big lump.

However if you are not quite ready to break your wet-wipe addiction but don't want to add to the 300,000 sewer blockages a year which cost water companies around £10M per year to clear there are lots of brands of plastic-free wet wipes that you can buy in the UK.

However, it must be pointed out that even if the wet wipes, moist wipes, toilet tissues or baby wipes that you choose are described as flushable, biodegradeable, plastic free etc., they should never actually be flushed down the toilet, but always disposed of in your household waste.

The UK sewerage system is only designed to cope with ordinary toilet paper, which readily disintegrates when flushed.

A better solution for the environment is to use something reuseable; there are reusuable options for make-up remover pads, baby wipes and wet wipes such as the ones available at &Keep and Love The Planet.

However in real life, a wet wipe can be a practical solution in many situations. These brands all make 100% plastic free wet wipes and baby wipes from a variety of natural biodegradeable materials such as cotton, bamboo and other plant fibres.

Whatever type of wet wipes you choose, remember to always dispose of your baby wipes, facial wipes or moist tissues responsibly, and never flush them down the toilet. You can compost them if possible, and if not they should be included in your household waste.

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