One of the very first thing I swapped when I decided to start on this low waste journey was regular throw away cotton pads or make up wipes to reusable face rounds.
I don’t know about you but I seemed to go through at least one pack of cotton pads or face wipes every week. To wipe off my make-up, To take off my nail varnish, To clean little spillages, and all these pads and wipes that come wrapped in plastic went straight in to the bin.
Do you ever wonder what happens to all those makeup wipes we use? After doing some research I realised how totally wasteful they actually are.
Just imagine all the wipes you have used and then all the wipes your friends, family, neighbours have used and put them all in a big pit somewhere… can you imagine the sight? Yuck.
it takes years for makeup wipes to breakdown in the landfill, which is where they are most likely to end up. Wipes are made from a combination of things such as polyester, polypropylene, cotton, wood pulp, and rayon fibres, many of which are not biodegradable.
And as for flushing them down the loo… well that is even worse than throwing them in the bin.
Water treatment plants have to fish them out and dispose of them so they ultimately end up in landfills anyway.
Not to mention them being a massive part in the catastrophic sewer build-ups, like the giant 'fatberg' in London's sewer last year that was as big as 11 double-decker buses.
If they are not in landfills or clogged in sewers then they are littering the beaches around the world, with the Marine Conservation Society estimating an average of 35 wipes found on every kilometre of beach in the UK.
The Marine Conservation Society has shown that the number of wipes washed up on British beaches has increased by 50% since 2013.
All very scary statistics.
So I decided to try reusable face rounds, I ordered some from the internet but I found some to stiff, some not absorbent enough and some just plain expensive, so I decided to make my own and I have not looked back.
I found some lovely soft organic cotton fleece in black and some ultra soft organic bamboo and cotton mixed fabric that I used to make my pads and I use these every day.
They do take some getting used to at first, feels odd putting makeup remover on fabric, but now I would never turn back.
They are really gentle on my skin, much less harsh than cotton pads and they don’t leave annoying fibres on your eye lashes.
In simplistic terms not only are they much better for the environment and of course for your bank balance they are also much better for your skin.
I make all the reusable cotton face rounds, that are available on the website. After researching and trailing lots of different fabrics I think I have found that the cotton fleece and the cotton and bamboo mix I use is the best so far.
Have you tried reusable face rounds yet?