How wet wipes are destroying the planet: From clogging up our sewers to creating floods of noxious waste and even triggering outbreaks of serious allergies
- Love affair with wipes has grown recently - from kitchen to keyboard wipes
- They save dampening traditional cloths or removing make-up with a flannel
- Once used they are often tossed down loo with disastrous consequences
- Report revealed they are fastest growing cause of pollution on beaches
- Marine Conservation Society volunteers pick up at rate of 35 wipes per km
Years into the future, if historians look back at our convenience-obsessed era and pick one single product to sum up all of its follies, they will surely choose the disposable wet wipe.
These moistened towelettes promise so much. They save us the apparent drudgery of having to dampen traditional cloths (that need washing when we’ve finished with them) or having to remove make-up with face wash and a flannel. For parents, they also offer an easy solution to the mess babies make of themselves.
But it now seems that our lazy ways have come at great environmental cost. Yesterday, a report by the Marine Conservation Society revealed that wet wipes have become the fastest growing cause of pollution on our beaches. Its volunteers are picking them up from our coastline at a rate of 35 filthy wipes per kilometre.