9.3 million face wipes are flushed every day
Did you know that the majority of cotton buds, cotton pads and face wipes contain the plastic polypropylene which doesn’t decompose and once it enters landfill or our oceans, it stays there, causing havoc for the wildlife?
While convenient, the way that we dispose of our face wipes has huge ramifications – 93% of sewer blockages are caused by the 9.3 million face wipes flushed down the toilet everyday (WATER UK, the trade body representing all of the main water and sewerage companies in the UK).
A Simple Swap
Reusable cotton pads and facial cloths are the solution – enabling us to use the same piece of material over 500 times (or for up to a year).
While we may not be able to change the world overnight, there are small, individual steps we can take at home to do our bit to offset our environmental footprint, as well as save money through buying less.
And, once you get into the habit, the effort involved is minimal. Throw them into the wash along with the rest of your laundry once or twice a week and you’re good to go.