Do you know how much plastic is in baby wipes?
Do you know how much plastic is in baby wipes? A lot! Almost 3/4 of a wet wipe are plastic. Yep, that’s a lot of unsuspected plastic.
The use of plastic in wet wipes
Microplastics are used in wet wipes which surprisingly can make up 3/4 of a wet wipe. The microplastics within a wet wipe produce synthetic fibres.
Add the plastic packaging, a pack of wet wipes is predominantly plastic: not environmentally friendly, nor does it seem suitable for sensitive baby skin.
Alternatives to using baby wipes
I am keen to reduce my use of throw away one-use baby wipes. If you also wish to reduce your reliance on these with your child, there are alternatives.
Alternatives to consider are:
- Reusable microfibre or cotton cloths which can be used to clean hands and faces of little ones.
- Reusable cotton pads for cleaning faces.
- Cleansing foam to pre-moisten your tissue paper.
- Using reusable baby wipes.
- Use cotton-rich disposable wipes.
The below provides some options available on Amazon:
If you want to use a disposable wet wipe which is free of plastic, I would recommend using the natracare wipes.