A bum deal?

As I put a load of Sea’s reusable wet wipes in the machine to wash, it got me thinking. Loo paper…. I’m pretty sure this is something I can reduced.

Even if the paper is recycled it has originated from a felled tree. I’ve seen a more “environmentally friendly ” roll for sale made from bamboo. This makes sense to me as it is a fast growing product, but is it really that much more environmental? Surely it is still yet another disposable product which just gets flushed down the loo after one use, and degrades into our water.

Some people use reusable nappies, for years, and are happy to wash those and put them back on their children, so why don’t adults use reusable wipes?

I don’t use wet wipes with Sea, opting for reusable cloths which are in a box of water and essential oils (I have loads of them so I do not need to put a wash on so often) and after they are used they stay in a different water and essential oil filled box – keeping them damp to reduce stains and non smelly – until washing day.. ( there’s not usually a lot to stain anyway as we do ‘EC’, but more on this another time).

If I use them on her, what is stopping me from using them on myself?

And I have been, for almost a week now I have used washable wipes whilst at home. ( I haven’t taken any to work, I need to sort out my storage options first before taking that route!)

I know this is a minor thing, but it has made me feel pretty good about myself. Saving all that paper, not only will it have a positive impact on our shopping bill but it will also have a (very small) positive impact on the environment!

I haven’t mentioned it to Pea. He wouldn’t be as willing to give it a go as I am. But I will one day, see if I can convince him. Guys don’t use as much paper as girls though, so he’s already pretty water friendly!

Hopefully I can convince Sea to use them as she gets older when she learns to use the loo on her own.


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