The Big Wet-Wipe Wipe Out

Could wet wipes be heading for extinction?

There’s no denying it: plastic waste is a huge problem in today’s society- ending up in our landfills, water supply and oceans while harming humans and animals alike.

So what’s that got to do with wipes? Wet-wipes contain non-biodegradable plastic fibers that allow them to maintain their integrity in various solutions. When disposed of properly (in the trash) the single-use convenience items end up in landfills, further contributing to the waste epidemic. When disposed of improperly (down the toilet) wet wipes cause huge problems and expensive blockages in residential sewer lines and municipal pipes as well as wastewater treatment facilities.

According to BBC News, the UK government has plans in order to eliminate plastic single-use waste products, which would include wet wipes – “So manufacturers will either have to develop plastic-free wipes or consumers will have to go without.”

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