July 31, 2023

How much plastic is REALLY in baby wipes?

How much plastic is REALLY in baby wipes?

Did you know that an astonishing 90% of baby wipes are made from plastic? Yes, it’s true - that soft wipe you use for your little one is crafted from the same materials to make plastic water bottles! Despite their deceptive softness, these wipes contain petrochemicals that create polyester, which is the primary material for baby wet wipes. Whilst these baby wipes aren’t explicitly saying their product is “Made from Plastic”, the truth is the origin of the raw material is the same.

Polyester is a fiber made from petroleum-based materials - the same materials to create plastic. This means that just like harmful single-use plastic water bottles, these baby wet wipes are destined to end up in our oceans and landfills for hundreds of years. It is wild to think that polyester dominates the composition of nearly all baby wet wipes, cleaning wipes and makeup wipes in the market.

All because it is easy and cheap to produce…

But here at ZERO, we firmly believe that easy solutions are not always the right ones. That's why we've dedicated years to developing a product that may have been "harder" to create but "easy to decide on" for conscious parents like you - a product that is chemical-free, plastic-free, and truly sustainable.

The trouble with baby wipes is that the wipe itself doesn't end the plastic content; all wet wipes are wrapped in plastic as well! At ZERO, we know that our dry wipes are the most sustainable option on the market because they are thoughtfully packaged without plastic and free of any harmful chemicals or inks that hinder recycling efforts. Just consider the staggering 25,000,000 kilograms of plastic wet wipes used in Australia each year, and imagine the additional plastic used for wrapping - it's an alarming environmental issue. 

Choosing our ZERO Plastic-Free Dry Baby Wipes is not just an eco-conscious decision; it's an investment in your child's future and the health of our planet. By making this switch, you are taking a stand against the harmful effects of single-use plastics, contributing to a cleaner, greener planet.

Still unsure of whether to take the jump and try our dry wipe? Here are some reasons why our ZERO Plastic-Free Dry Wipe is the best solution for babies and the environment!

Reason #1: ZERO Chemicals for Gentle Care

Unlike many conventional wet wipes, our ZERO Plastic-Free Dry Baby Wipes are completely free from harmful chemicals, including preservatives and fragrances. This ensures that they are gentle on your baby's skin, preventing any irritation or allergic reactions. We've eliminated harmful chemicals and preservatives found in many wet wipes, swap wet for dry and notice the difference in your little one’s skin.

Reason #2: ZERO Microplastics

By using our ZERO Plastic-Free Dry Baby Wipes, you are actively contributing to the reduction of plastic waste and the prevention of microplastics in our oceans and ecosystems. Microplastics are small non-biodegradable plastic particles and pose a significant threat to marine life and human health through pollution. Normal wet wipes shed billions of microplastics when they enter any waste streams or waterways. By choosing our compostable wipes, you play a role in breaking the cycle of plastic pollution.

Reason #3:  ZERO Single-Use Plastics

With the ability to rinse and reuse our wipes up to seven times, you are not only reducing waste but also saving money on usual wet wipes! This reusable aspect of our wipes was important for us to ensure that long-lasting value is delivered to our customers and the environment. At ZERO, we don’t believe in the term “single-use” and prioritise either recyclable and/or circular design in all of our products.

Reason #4 ZERO Landfill

Our ZERO Plastic-Free Dry Baby Wipes are crafted from sustainable wood pulp, making them completely biodegradable and compostable. Once composted, the wipes will completely biodegrade in the soil in only a few weeks! Whereas polyester-based wipes are destined to sit in landfill for hundreds of years and are unable to biodegrade. Bid farewell to baby wipes that linger in sewers and landfills. Our wipes gracefully return to nature once you're done reusing them, which, by the way, you can do up to seven times.

Step into a world of plastic-free products at the ZERO store, and make the switch to our radical dry reusable baby wipes!