Unfortunately as with a lot of things in the press, you only hear about the sensationalised parts which make up a good story!
Firstly we stress, that under NO circumstances should Wet Wipes be flushed down a toilet, this is the issue that makes the headlines and these are usually found to be Baby Wipes.
The Issue I find more interesting and far more concerning, yet nobody appears to be asking is: How is it that wipes appear to be bypassing the sewage treatment plant and ending up directly in our rivers and seas ? Does this also mean that in the 21st Century raw sewage is still being pumped directly into the rivers and seas ??
We offer a wipe that kills 99.9999% of all known germs, our wipes are primarily for the well-being of users and to avoid the possibility of harmful germs being unintentionally passed on.
Furthermore, our dispenser is a refill item, that stops the use of unnecessary packaging and uses a minimal packing refill, negating the disposal of plastic buckets and tubs, as per conventional wipe vessels.
The wipes themselves, are made from recycled material and are recyclable, they can even contribute to a company’s carbon neutral target.
You will also be pleased to know, that we are currently developing a completely Biodegradable wipe, made from natural fibres, that will compost in land fill – we hope to be able to offer this as an alternative to our customers in the near future.
To make 10M2 of union 18gsm Megatex (Recyclable material) it takes 1Kw of power
To make 10M2 of biodegradable paper it takes 12Kw of power and over 40 gallons of water
So as you can see its not as straight forward as the press may have you believe, what’s good on one hand may not be so beneficial on the other, all things considered, I like to think we offer products for which serious thought and consideration has gone into, offering many beneficial factors and great value for money.
I hope this helps to ease some of your concerns, but rest assured we are always working on ways to make our products even more environmentally friendly and as a company whom are at the forefront of helping to improve compliance to good hygiene practice throughout all industries, we are also at the forefront of pursuing helping to drive for completely plastic free single use products, which I hope to be in a position to offer you the option on with the very near future.
Sainsbury when asked why they use plastic bags instead of paper stated:
We have investigated replacing these plastic bags with paper bags in the past but the same sized bags in paper take up 6 times more room. So at the moment we can get 9000 bags in our dispenser with a paper bag we can only get 250 paper bags. This has the same increase for transport efficiencies and would take up 36 times more space as well as replenishment and storage in depot and store. There also isn’t an advantage in terms of carbon factor either as paper has a carbon factor of 1.3 but LDPE has a carbon factor of 2.6.
Hopefully by now you will appreciate, the news doesn’t always give the facts or indeed the full picture.
If I can assist further please do not hesitate to contact us here at Grange Europe Ltd – T/A The Hygiene Company.