Biodegradable wipes, better for the planet & better for you!


Baby wipes have been getting a lot of bad press recently, and for good reason. Most wet wipes aren’t biodegradable, so it could take 100 years or more for them to disappear from landfill. Even worse, all too often people flush wipes down the toilet, so they end up clogging up sewers, damaging marine life and littering our beaches. 


But it doesn’t have to be this way. While wet wipes should never be flushed down the loo, there are plenty of biodegradable ones to choose from, which should break down naturally once disposed of. Some can even be composted. As well as being better for the environment, the wipes we sell at Big Green Smile are often better for your skin too, as they’re formulated without harsh chemicals. Read on for our top recommendations.


Biodegradable baby wipes


Many parents prefer to buy natural baby wipes, as they tend to be gentler and less likely to cause irritation.


Earth Friendly Baby Gentle Aloe Vera Wipes are very popular with Big Green Smile customers, with one reviewer describing them as ‘super soothing’. 100% biodegradable, the wipes are gentle enough for newborns, as they don’t contain alcohol, artificial colours, synthetic fragrances or harsh chemicals. Aloe vera, chamomile and calendula extracts help to keep skin healthy and comfortable.

Earth Friendly BabyEco-friendly nappy brand Naty make compostable baby wipes. Not only are they better for the planet, they’re also better for babies’ bums, as they’re soft, gentle and free from chlorine, alcohol, perfume, parabens and phthalates. Chamomile extract helps to soothe nappy rash and sensitive skin. The triple pack of wipes is particularly great value.

 Naty triple pack of wipes


Simply Gentle Organic Baby Wipes are approved by the Soil Association. They’re biodegradable, made from organic cotton and contain skin-nourishing ingredients such as aloe and camellia sinensis leaf extract.

 Simply gentle organic wipes


Natural personal wipes


It’s not just babies who benefit from gentler wet wipes!


Natracare make a range of organic sanitary products, including tampons, panty liners and feminine wipes. Made from 100% organic cotton, the wipes are biodegradable, compostable and fragranced with organic essential oils and extracts such as rose, chamomile and calendula. What’s left out is even more important than what’s included – these wipes don’t contain the alcohol, parabens, phenoxyethanol and other skin-irritating ingredients often found in disposable wipes.


Natracare feminine wipes


We all know how important it is to remove makeup every evening, but it’s all too easy to forget. Cleansing wipes are handy for keeping on a bedside table, or to use when travelling, but most aren’t biodegradable and they can often irritate skin. Pacifica Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes are biodegradable and formulated without any harsh ingredients. Instead, they’re infused with a natural cleanser – coconut water. They also contain papaya to exfoliate the skin and aloe vera and calendula to soothe irritation.

 Pacifica coconut wipes


Eco-friendly household wipes


Non-biodegradable household wipes are just as harmful as non-biodegradable baby wipes.


If you love the convenience of wipes, but want a more planet-friendly option, try Ecover Multi-Action Wipes. They’re biodegradable, effective and fine to use on everything from highchairs to toilets.

 ecover multi purpose wipes


Of course, reusable cloths are an even better choice for the environment. If You Care 100% Natural Sponge Cloths are made from cellulose, unbleached cotton and mineral salt. Even the packaging is compostable!

 if you care cloths


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