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Could you give up using wet wipes?

With the Environment Secretary Michael Gove this week confirming a ban on the supply of plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds from April 2020, businesses are starting to wake up to the reality of the impact these items are having on the environment.

Holland & Barrett, one of the first high street retailers to ban plastic bags and microplastics are going one step further and are now set to ban all wet wipes from its stores, pledging to do so by September 2019.

Wet wipes are a huge environmental concern.  It is estimated that 9.3 million wet wipes are flushed down toilets every day – the environmental damage they cause to our animals, not to mention our sewage systems, is enormous.

Most wet wipes contain non-biodegradable plastic which slowly breaks down into microscopic fibres.  These can end up on our rivers and seas and even enter animal and human food chains.  Wet wipes also pose a monumental problem for sewage systems.  Not as dissolvable as toilet paper, wet wipes cause major blockages.  In 2017 Water UK reported that over 90% of material causing sewer blockages came from wet wipes, even from the ones that assure us they are flushable.

Water companies nationwide are urging us not to flush anything down our toilets apart from the 3P’s – Paper, Pee and Poo!

Wet wipes are extremely handy and may even be deemed necessary in medical situations so should the use of them simply be scaled down or banned completely? How often do you use wet wipes?  Could you use a damp cloth instead?

 

Could you give up using wet wipes?

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VeraS
1 days ago
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Never use them managed without them when children were small can well do without them now
Mrchipps1
8th Jun 2019
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I can happily use paper towels, or dish clothes instead instead
Amber wood
7th Jun 2019
1
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Wet wipes are a fairly new concept. Didn't have them back in the day and survived pretty well without bunging up the sewage system.
Maizee2
7th Jun 2019
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I still use soap and flannel, but I suppose wet wipes have their uses, and can be convenient for certain purposes, if disposed of properly
Denys1954
7th Jun 2019
2
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What's wrong with the good old flannel, soap and water?
Amber wood
7th Jun 2019
0
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Absolutely nothing. Keep it simple is what I say.
Surfer Pete
7th Jun 2019
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We can put people on Mars but can't invent a flushable wet wipe!???
Wilf
7th Jun 2019
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Not sure they are on Mars yet Surfer but if Musk has his way they could be soon. No waves up there though dude!
Surfer Pete
7th Jun 2019
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..... no biodegradable wet wipes either Wilf 🙂
Wilf
7th Jun 2019
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Amber wood
7th Jun 2019
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We don't have to flush more stuff. Best to throw them if you use them. They will end up in landfill or incinerated. Not sure which is best to be honest.
Alicia
3rd Jun 2019
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Why should I ? I do not throw mine down the toilet or in the street like some people do 🙁
Yogafan
2nd Jun 2019
1
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We never had them before did we,and we all got by.I use face washers myself,but if you want something abit different,there are different cloth face washers which are washable and hand made on Etsy.
AlisonP24
26th May 2019
2
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I could easily live without them, but it is the way they are disposed of which is the problem. If they are flushed down the toilet they will cause harm, as will cotton wool buds. We have become a use it and throw away society and there is so much waste everywhere.

I try to do my bit but still fall short at times!
MarilynR11
26th May 2019
3
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I believe there is now a biodegradable options but I now use a small facecloth in a bag when out and about .
Amber wood
7th Jun 2019
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JeanS99
25th May 2019
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I use them for everything, but never flush them. I wish someone would make a biodegradeable option.
Retiredyorkie
25th May 2019
2
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I still use good old fashioned hot water and soap everyday but must admit when travelling wet wipes are very handy
SilverSurfer44
25th May 2019
2
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I have already given up buying them and use paper and recyclable cloths instead although they are very convenient to use when you are travelling and there is nowhere to wet or rinse a cloth.
Mrchipps1
24th May 2019
3
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I can happily stop using anything that endangers the earth and atmosphere, as its easy to use paper towels and dishcloths, that can be recycled?
Amber wood
7th Jun 2019
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Back in the day we didn't have anything else did we.
Mrchipps1
8th Jun 2019
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no amber we did not, I can remember my mum using old rags as dish and floor clothes and then putting them in the boiler to wash and sterilise them
TrudyLS
24th May 2019
2
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I never use wet wipes, I use flannels and just wash them and reuse them again and again
Mary Lincoln
24th May 2019
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There is nothing wrong with wet wipes or face wipes just some of the people who use them. They are to lazy to deposit them in the rubbish bin it's easier to flush them down the loo. Holland and Barrett needs to look at some of the plastics used in their stores as well. In my opinion only.
Karma
24th May 2019
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I have no wish to join the banista brigade. Possibly an alternative solution would be to set a standard for flushable wipes and enforce it. We all know the public will not follow guidelines on flushing so hit the problem at source and make manufacturers produce items that CAN be flushed safely.
Amber wood
7th Jun 2019
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What a great suggestion. Or ban them completely. We'll all survive.
Not2grey
24th May 2019
2
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I gave up using wet wipes as soon as I heard that they were bad for the environment.Cloths and soap and water are just as good .
Joan-AM
24th May 2019
3
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Wet wipes are certainly very useful but I cannot understand using them constantly for babies.. The beat for cleaning baby is a soft cloth and water or if more ‘stinky’ a bit of gentle soap added. You can wash the cloths in the machine after soaking in napisan or similar..... at least that’s what we did before wet wipes were on the go!
I always carry a damp cloth in a bag (reusable), when I’m out for any reason. Just as convenient!
JeanS99
25th May 2019
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when I had babies, (a LONG time ago) i found their nappy rash was much better when i used wipes. at the end of the month, when I used soap, it seemed to get worse. I think they contain something that breaks down the ammonia.
Amber wood
7th Jun 2019
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Napisan, now there's a memory!!!
Applefoe
24th May 2019
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My daughter uses them for everything, especially with her children! When they come to me, I have a basket full of flannels by the sink, and I clean them up with those, and then just throw them in the washing machine! I do use the facial cleansing ones though, for those times when you need to get your make up off in a hurry, perhaps late at night after a few too many glasses of wine, and I can’t be bothered to do the full cleansing routine:)
Wilf
24th May 2019
2
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More rubbish clogging up the environment-just use water and soap
violetM
24th May 2019
1
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If there was an. Alternative I would use it. But in the meantime I do not flush them but put in bin.
JillS28
24th May 2019
3
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Absolutely ban in my opinion if it helps environment then lets do it.
Amber wood
7th Jun 2019
0
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Hip hurrah for that suggestion.
RONNIE42
24th May 2019
3
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I love using wet wipes and would never put them down the toilet.I only ever put them in my toilet bin.I then presumed they went into household waste and this was fine.
KayB63
24th May 2019
5
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I have certainly cut down on the number I use. One pack is still going strong, after a couple of months, but I think I would find it quite hard to give them up completely. Perhaps manufacturers could put some effort into making truly compostable replacements.
Amber wood
7th Jun 2019
0
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Compostable, now that's a suggestion and a half, brilliant idea. Patent that one.
thewife
24th May 2019
2
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Before wet wipes were invented we used soap and water to remove makeup and clean babies bottoms. Water is far cheaper and better for the environment. Cotton wool works just as well.
Applefoe
24th May 2019
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I agree with you, but am just wondering what is in cotton wool? I’ve always assumed it’s totally biodegradable, but am now thinking that the manufacturers may have sneaked a bit of plastic in there too! Does anyone know?:)
thewife
24th May 2019
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Not sure but worth looking into. I mean cotton wool pads must keep their shape somehow but balls? This is a question that will keep me awake at night!!
JeanS99
25th May 2019
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its the plasic stems in cotton buds they want to remove.
ArchieUK
23rd May 2019
4
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I have never knowingly used them , so I will never miss them.
Amber wood
7th Jun 2019
0
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Take a bow. Well done.
Yodama
23rd May 2019
5
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Don't use them so wouldn't miss them.
They seem to be clogging up the sewers so good idea to ban them.
I use towelling face-cloth, good enough for purpose.

I think they should ban throwaway babies nappies too, go back to the washable ones.
Amber wood
7th Jun 2019
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SueC62
23rd May 2019
4
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I've recently changed to using a microfibre 'washcloth' which, with only water, is doing just as good, if not a better, job than the make up remover wipes did. And my skin seems to be thriving from the change.
Lionel
22nd May 2019
4
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I'm told they were useful when we brought up the grand kids but I've never seen the necessity for them.

Like much else people were sold in a miasma of advertising hype.
Bald123
22nd May 2019
5
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I have never used them so would not know
MrsPat
22nd May 2019
6
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Yes we did not used to have them 30 years ago and they seem to be everywhere. Get rid of them they are harming the environment and from what I ready even the ones that are disposable has micro plastics in them that are harmful to fishes.

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