I'm always trying to make small moves to be more sustainable. Somethings we're great at, like growing our own food, others need improvement like waste production.
We still produce a fair bit of rubbish for landfill and that's something I'm really working hard to reduce. Having a young family doesn't help this, they seem to create rubbish just by being!
|Something different - 100% biodegradable wipes!|
One thing we're terrible with is baby wipes. I know we should be using flannels where we can but it's not always practical. Also we give our washing machine some serious stick at the best of times and the last thing we need at the moment is more washing!
So it's very easy just to reach for the wipes and chuck them away. Trouble is many contain plastics to make them stronger, some never break down and instead increase plastic waste or if they do break down they never go away completely and turn into micro plastics instead.
But I really don't want to give up the wipes! They make life as a parent with young children so much easier!
So I was really pleased when Mum and You contacted me the other day to see if I wanted to try out some baby wipes that were 100% biodegradable. I jumped at the chance, this was something I'd been thinking about anyway! They also donate to nappy banks and to Save The Children, both really worthy causes.
Getting the wipes out I was impressed, you'd never know any difference from the ones we normally buy. We used one to clean up the boy after his jam on toast for breakfast. Well I say "we", no way was the
awkward little so-and-so independent young man going to let me help! He loved them!
One little thing I really liked was the fact that the packet says not to flush them. When I used to work on big building sites we had constant problems with people flushing "flushable wipes" down the toilet and blocking drains, it used to drive me mad - no wipe is flushable except toilet paper!
These wipes can also be composted so they'll work well with my compost loo. It says that they're completely gone in 4 - 6 weeks or a little longer in landfill, so I look forward to seeing if there's any left when it comes time to use my homemade compost!
I think I'd be kidding myself if I said I was going to give up disposable wipes, but having ones that biodegrade makes the parenting guilt so much less, especially when I can't tell the difference.
So for me this is another small step in the right direction. To stop buying wipes that will be around in generations to come and instead to buy ones that are made from natural fibres and will be gone in a few months!
##### I received these wipes from Mum And You for free to test, but all view's, opinions and lessening of parental guilt from finding a biodegradable wipe that's good are my own!