Summary: Environmental groups and government...
Environmental groups and governments around the world are raising concerns about the impact of wet wipes on the environment, particularly the non-woven fabrics used in their production and disposal. Non-woven fabrics
are a type of synthetic textile that is made by bonding or felting fibers together rather than weaving them. They are widely used in various applications, including hygiene products like wet wipes, which are designed for cleaning or refreshing skin or surfaces.
However, the convenience and popularity of wet wipes have come at a cost to the environment, as many of them end up in landfills or waterways, where they can take decades or even centuries to decompose. Non-woven fabrics pose a particular challenge for waste management, as they cannot be easily recycled or composted due to their complex composition and contamination by chemicals, microplastics, and other pollutants.
The EEB report also highlights the potential health risks associated with the use of wet wipes, especially for infants and people with sensitive skin. Some wet wipes contain harmful chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, and fragrance allergens that can cause skin irritation, allergies, or hormonal disruption. Moreover, the disposal of used wet wipes can release microplastics and other pollutants into the air and water, posing a threat to wildlife and human health.