Baby Wipe

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Education

Check the baby wipes you purchase really are biodegradable/compostable. Synthetic fibre wipes are harmful to the environment. This Stuff article explains why.

Typical brands of baby wipes are made from "... a non-woven fabric similar to the type used in diapers and dryer sheets. Traditional fabrics are made by weaving together fibers of silk, cotton, polyester, wool, and similar materials to form an interlocking matrix of loops … Fibers, such as cotton and rayon, are used in this process, as well as plastic resins like polyester, polyethylene, and polypropylene."

Typical brands of baby wipes are coated with "Cleansing ingredients - water is the main ingredient and serves as a carrier and diluent for the other ingredients … The detergents most commonly used are known as amphoteric surfactants, similar to those found in baby shampoos. Sodium diamphoacetate and coco phosphatidyl PG-dimonium chloride are primary surfactants used in wipes ...”

But wait, there’s more! Read the full article here.

See also wet wipe  

Reduce

Reduce non-biodegradable baby wipes by making your own, following these instructions.

Reuse

Reuse a baby wipes container - fill with your home-made wipes.

Recycle

Most baby wipes cannot be recycled. 

Check your baby wipes container for a recycling symbol. Some hard plastic containers can be recycled.

Disposal

Do not flush.