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Mar 30, 2023

Wet wipes have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their convenience and versatility. They are a typical example of a fast-paced and single-use product to which the negative consequences that generate are much more dangerous and significant when compared to its benefits. With the ever growing popularity of wet wipes has come a  significant environmental problem due to the impact on ecosystems, waterways, wildlife, and human health.

In fact, 1 billion wipes are flushed away each year, and each one of those wipes can take over 100 years to biodegrade (according to Business Waste, a British company providing waste services). This leaves us with a gigantic waste problem that creates several environmental and health repercussions.

When we flush a wet wipe down the toilet, we fail to think about the microplastics it contains, the blackages in sewage systems it causes, the harm it does to fish, birds, and other marine life that mistake them for food, the impact it has on our own health, and so much more. That’s why in this episode, we are going to explore wet wipes as a fatal convenience…



Reliable Sources where you can learn more:

  • Baby wipes and nappy rash – what is the relationship? A review

  • Pressurized liquid extraction-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis of fragrance
    allergens, musks, phthalates and preservatives in baby wipes

  • Wet wipes contribution to microfiber contamination under COVID-19 era: An important but
    overlooked problem

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  • Cloud Paper • Repurpose


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