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5 Great Reasons to Switch to Reusable Wipes...

... and just how easy it is to make your own!

2022 has finally arrived and with the New Year comes all manner of New Year Resolutions. If you haven't thought of one yet, I'm ready to help you out with a really nice eco friendly one. One that's great for you and for the planet at the same time. Switch to Reusable Wipes - and make your own too!

Let's look at all the reasons why reusable wipes - make up and others! - are the best:

1. They're better for the environment

Disposable wipes are made from a mixture of polyester, polypropylene, cotton, wood pulp, or rayon fibres, depending on their use. They're designed to be disposable and thrown away after one use. Not good for the environment, especially when 11 Billion of them are used each year. They end up in landfill for years and, despite not being flushable, in the sewers where they cause fatbergs. Pretty grim!

Garnier have started making their own reusable wipes to use with their Micellar water, but I'd think before you buy them. They're made from polyester.

2. They'll save you money

Whilst they often seem expensive the bigger outlay at the beginning saves you money over time. On average, a pack of 50 disposable face wipes costs around £2-4, if you use one a day, over the course of a year you will need over 7 packs at a cost of £14-28.

Investing in reusables means saving money in the long run. My reusable face wipes kit is £11 to make 8 wipes - including postage.

If you want to compare further, those Garnier wipes are £9 for a pack of 3 - and you don't get the joy of learning a new skill either!

A photo of a cardboard box with the contents in front of it pre cut pieces of fabric and instructions
Reusable Make Up Wipe Kit - all you need to make 8 wipes!

3. They don't contain any chemicals

According to the FDA website (the American Food and Drug Administration) wipes are moistened with water and other ingredients, such as cleansing and moisturizing agents that help them work. They can also preservatives to prevent the growth of bacteria and mould.

Further reading on Wikipedia gave a name to that preservative - methylisothiazolinone -which only makes me think of methylated spirits, and it doesn't sound very good for you!

Cotton and bamboo terry wipes have nothing added to them. You add the cleansing agent you're happy with and wipe!

4. You can make them in any size you like!

Over the past few years I've made wipes in many different sizes. Once you know how to make them as make up wipes, it's so simple to make them in larger sizes as kitchen towels, baby wipes or flannels. You get to choose!

5. You can make them from scraps!

You don't even have to buy new fabric to make them, you can make them from old towels and old cotton cloth - old tea towels, shirts, t shirts, bed clothes. That's an even bigger win win in the environmental stakes, saving more fabric from landfill.

Truly one of the easiest and quickest switches to make, helping the environment to reduce the amount of one use disposables out there. I like to think as well that as sewers we can help the sewers from all those fatbergs too!

If you're ready to make the switch? Do take a look round my Etsy shop for the downloadable PDF Pattern, all the fabric you need with terry towelling and a range of cotton, or the Kit where everything is provided for you pre cut and with instructions. You can follow along with the YouTube video too.

What about making them as Christmas presents - it's never to early to start!

Ruth xx

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