As we have been reminded many times, disposable wipes are one of the worst things for the environment. Not only do they block up our toilets but they course major sewage problems and like all other waste, end up in our oceans.
Despite this, plenty of people continue to use them and thanks to retailers across the country, they’re pretty accessible and can be bought pretty much anywhere. However, that now excludes Holland & Barrett and The Body Shop.
Earlier this week, Holland & Barrett became the first chain to ban the sale of wet wipes, in the hope of paving the way for other stores to help save the planet and follow suit – and it looks like it already has, as The Body Shop has announced that it will be banning wipes too.
The store revealed that it will be discontinuing its wet wipes from as early as October 2019. In a statement given to Huffington Post, Linda Campbell, UK managing director at The Body Shop said: ‘A perfect alternative to our face wipes is the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, which removes make-up while cleansing your skin.’
Earlier this week, Holland and Barret confirm that it will be committing to the removal of all of its 34-product wet wipe range from all of its 800 UK and Ireland stores.
Joanna Cooke, Head of Beauty at Holland & Barrett, explained of the move: ‘There is a growing awareness of how much our current throwaway culture is damaging our oceans, beaches and rivers.
‘We want to encourage our customers to think about what they currently throw away and encourage them to swap to more sustainable alternatives. The quickest way for us all to make a positive impact on the world we live in is to choose to spend our money on more sustainable products.
She continued: ‘There are a variety of eco-friendly alternatives to wet wipes that are just as easy, efficient, and safe to skin.’
Going forward, the business will stock sustainable, reusable beauty alternatives such as cotton pads, unbleached cotton muslin cloths and exfoliating mitts as replacements, which means there is literally no excuse for customers to continue with the use of wet wipes.
She added: ‘It works brilliantly when paired with the 100% organic cotton muslin cloth. Using a muslin cloth is a great option as it can be washed and reused again and again.’