I am still reeling from the shock. Shock, I tell you. I was watching TV a few weeks ago and they were talking about wipes. I was only half watching but my ears pricked up. Ooh, what are they going to say about wipes? I love wipes, they are the thing I use constantly, daily, hourly. Then I heard the word ban and saw the pictures of wipes clogging up sewers and in the sea, I felt slightly nauseous.
For a couple of days, I tried to put it to the back of my mind. But every time I caught sight of the many packs of wipes lying around our house, I felt stricken with guilt. I felt like the weight of the world’s environmental problems were all on me.
That sounds a bit dramatic, doesn’t it? But let me tell you, from the first day I discovered wipes, it was a love affair that was to last for years and years. Not just a thing for babies bottoms, they have wiped hands, faces, feet, they have wipes tables and been impromptu dusters. They have cleaned blackboards and whiteboards, fridge shelves and cupboard doors. Toys, oh my god they are so good for cleaning toys.
The wipe revolution soon moved into almost every room, not just the humble baby wipe but I have bought cleaning wipes for toilets, floors and kitchens. I now realise that I may have been addicted.
Suddenly, I had visions of someone coming along and creating a wipe mountain in my kitchen to shame me into stopping by showing me the extent of my wipe usage over the last twenty years. Actually, I don’t think the kitchen would be big enough.
In my defence, and I know I am clutching at straws, I have never flushed any wipes down the toilet and I know that is a huge problem but nonetheless, there is a huge area in a landfill near me filled with my wipes and I feel ashamed.
So what are the alternatives to replace my wipe addiction? Cloths. Cloths that can be washed and reused time and time again. I’m still struggling with this concept but I am making a concerted effort to change my ways. I did quite excited when I googled alternatives and discovered that there are lots of reusable wipes on the market now. Of course, there are. But essentially they are just packs of little cloths in a pretty bag at extortionate prices.
I was looking back through some old draft posts the other day and found one entitled “10 alternative uses for baby wipes.” I don’t think I will be publishing that one now do you? I wonder if there is a ‘Baby wipes Anonymous” …..?