How To Reduce The Impact Periods Have On The Environment

If you’re a regular here at Gypsy Soul then you will already know that I’m a huge fan of WUKA reusable period wear. They have literally transformed my whole ‘period experience’ and I cannot recommend them enough.

 

This year WUKA has teamed up with Plastic Oceans UK for the UnFlushable campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the huge amount of waste that disposable sanitary products create.

 

‘The UnFlushable campaign kicks off on World Oceans Day on the 8th June calling for everyone who cares about our seas to ditch disposable tampons and pads and switch to reusable menstrual products.’

 

Check out this awesome poster created by Venus Lididio, a feminist artist and campaigner, which will be found on the back of toilet doors throughout the campaign.

 

To find out more about the campaign go to the *WUKA website where you can download the poster and sign up to become part of the FlushMob to help reduce the 4.6m tampons flushed daily in the UK to Zero.

WUKA poster stop flushing period products

4.6 million tampons and pads are flushed every day in the UK:

Plastic Oceans UK Plastic Rivers Report 2019

 

The Dreaded ‘Period Talk’

 

When I was younger when we had that awkward ‘period talk’ at school. You remember the one right? Where the very uncomfortable looking nurse came into the classroom with her box full of plastic disposable sanitary items and proceeded to give her very scientific speech, mentioning words like ‘fallopian’, ‘menstruation’ and other big words that seemed completely irrelevant at the time. That was if you could even hear her over the giggling.

 

When I look back now the thing that strikes me as weird are the options she gave for ‘collecting’ the blood. Basically, it was either plastic pads or tampons and that was it. So not liking the thought of tampons I opted for disposable pads and stuck with that every month for the next 22 years! Gosh, that makes me feel old.

disposable sanitary products

“The big brands know that women come back to them time after time as they need reliable absorbent products to use on a monthly basis. There has been no innovation in menstrual product design over the last fifty years and, as a result, women have been buying disposable tampons and pads and unknowingly dumping tonnes of single-use plastic pollution in the oceans every month.” Ruby Raut – WUKA CEO

 

I hated them and dreaded my period every month for all 22 of those years. Then last year I was introduced to WUKA and everything changed. I now no longer dread my period every month. I no longer get that inevitable period rash down there due to the plastic rubbing on my skin and I no longer feel guilty about the amount of waste my period produces every month.

 

“At Wuka we believe that comfort and absorbency can go hand in hand with ethical business methods and we never put profit before the environment. That’s why we have teamed up with Plastic Oceans UK – Britain’s leading voice on plastic pollution – on our UnFlushable campaign. We want everyone who cares about reducing plastic in our oceans to join our FlushMob so we can encourage more people to switch to plastic-free reusables.” Ruby Raut

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Reusable Period Wear Options

These days there are much more options for you to choose from for your period including…

 

  • Reusable Period Pants (*I recommend WUKA. Get 10% off below)
  • Reusable Cloth Sanitary Pads
  • Menstrual Cups

 

All of which are not only much nicer for you but also better for the environment. Oh and you’ll save yourself a load of money too! 

 

How I Saved £84 Last Year By Switching To Reusable Pads 

Getting Started With Cloth Sanitary Pads – FAQ’s

WUKA Period Wear Review: Ditch The Disposables 

Stop Flushing Sanitary Items Down The Toilet

 

In a report called ‘Plastic Rivers’ published by Plastic Oceans UK, it states ‘that 4,600 tonnes of plastic could be prevented from entering the environment each year if we stopped flushing plastic tampons and pads and changed to reusable menstrual products such as period pants, menstrual cups and organic reusable pads.’

 

The aim of the UnFlushable campaign is to encourage people to stop flushing their disposable menstrual products down the toilet and consider switching to reusables instead.

 

What are your thoughts on reusable period wear? Is it something that you would consider for your period? Let me know in the comments below.

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About Gina Caro

Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life.  Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog. 

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How to Reduce the Impact Periods Have on the Environment

WAKEcup: Sustainable, Stylish & Affordable Lifestyle Products for your Home

Due to the nature of my work I often get the chance to try out lots of different sustainable products from a variety of different companies all trying to make a difference. In the last 5 years the amount of new sustainable companies that have appeared is quite staggering. Hence, why I seem to spend the majority of my life responding to emails.

 

Joking aside though, I love seeing that companies are finally waking up and changing their business for the better.

 

Recently I’ve been introduce to *WAKEcup and I thought I’d tell you a little bit about them and their business.

WAKEcup logo

Who Are WAKEcup?

 

‘The stylish alternative to single-use cups, bottles, bags and straws’

 

Run by two friends, Buffie and Nick, WAKEcup was born after a get together they had where they were putting the world to rights. They got onto the subject of David Attenborough’s series Blue Planet II and decided that they both wanted to do something about the serious overuse problem of single-use plastics.

 

“We believe small changes to our daily routine when multiplied across the globe can make a huge difference to our shared Oceans.”

 

This really resonated with me as it’s something that a talk about a lot on my website!

Inspire Positive Change

What Do They Sell?

 

WAKEcup sell a range of different sustainable products including…

 

  • Reusable water bottles
  • Reusable coffee cups
  • Glass tea infusers
  • Bamboo straws
  • Bags
  • Wallets
  • Zero Waste Kits and more
WAKEcup coffee
WAKEcup reusable coffee cup
WAKEcup bag

Examples of Some of Their Products

 

WAKEcup 600ml Pure Copper Water Bottle

 

Not only do these particular water bottles look great but they also have some additional health benefits. Apparently drinking water from a copper can help with reducing inflammation, improving digestion and helping to boost your immune system. Copper can also remove bacteria from drinking water because of it’s antimicrobial properties.

 

The bottles have an airtight seal (with a silicone band so no plastic) making them leak proof. The bottle is also really light so perfect for packing in your bag and using on the go.

 

I have this water bottle myself and I’m really happy with it. I was concerned that the copper would make my water taste weird but actually it makes it taste really fresh and lovely.

 

You can *find out more about these Copper water bottles here.

WAKEcup copper water bottle

WAKEcup Reusable Bamboo Straws

 

It’s no secret that plastic straws are a huge problem. 8.5 billion straws are used in the UK each year! That video with the sea turtle with a straw stuck in his nose still haunts me to this day!

 

Luckily there are lots of sustainable alternatives out there including these bamboo straws.These sustainable sourced bamboo straws are reusable, recyclable and compostable. They are also really easy to clean you can just rinse them under the tap or get a reusable straw cleaner.

 

I have these bamboo straws at home and the kiddies love them!

 

You can *find out more about the bamboo straws here

WAKEcup bamboo straw

WAKEcup Reusable Bamboo Coffee Cup

 

Each year we consume enough disposable coffee cups to fill The Royal Albert Hall 1000 times over. That’s 100 billion single-use coffee cups that end up in landfill.

 

This reusable bamboo coffee cup is one of WAKEcup’s best seller both online and in store at Selfridges. It keeps drinks hot for an hour and cold drinks cold for much longer. It’s made from organic bamboo and they recommend washing it by hand to prolong the life of the cup.

 

These are just some of the examples of the products they sell they have a lot more. Take a look at their website for more information.

 

You can *find out more about the bamboo reusable coffee cups here.

WAKEcup bamboo reusable coffee cup

Why I Think You Might Like WAKEcup

 

Great Prices!

 

A lot of sustainable products can be quite expensive but I think the WAKEcup prices are really reasonable.

 

As an example the reusable Bamboo coffee cups are £12 and the reusable water bottles start from £18, which I feel are great prices compared to some other brands. I know some reusable water bottles that cost £40 or more!  

 

Great Quality!

 

Wherever possible WAKEcup products are made from sustainable, recyclable materials including farmed bamboo, stainless steel and glass.

 

Personally, I have one of their pure copper water bottles, bamboo straws and one of their Fair trade tote bags. All of which I’m very happy with.

 

10% Of Profits Go To Charity

 

10% of the profits go directly to WAKEcup’s chosen charity – The Marine Conservation Society. In addition to selling a great range of reusable lifestyle products WAKEcup also regularly take part in beach cleans and actively promote initiatives like their *1 Day No Single-Use Plastic Challenge.

 

Plastic-Free Packaging

 

They use plastic-free packaging, recycled cardboard and paper tape to send their products to you.

WAKEcup products

I’d love to know your thoughts on the WAKEcup products. Let me know in the comments below. 

A Side Note On Purchasing New Products

 

Although I promote sustainable products on my website please only buy new items if you really need them! The most sustainable way to live is to use up what you already have and when they are no longer useful then look into replacing them with sustainable alternatives.

 

If you already have a plastic water bottle then use it until it dies. If you have a cupboard full of plastic Tupperware that’s still in good condition then use it instead of replacing it. The only caveat to this rule for me is if the product you are using is harming the environment when you use it.

 

Like for example, if you’re plastic toilet brush is losing some of the plastic bristles when you scrub your toilet. That is releasing micro-plastics into our water systems which is not good. The same can be said for plastic dish cloths and scrubbers. In those cases I would definitely say replace them with sustainable alternatives as soon as you can and if you have the opportunity.

 

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About Gina Caro

Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life.  Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog. 

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5 Top Tips For Recycling at Home

If you’re trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle then the best place to start is with the 9 R’s.

 

Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Re-gift, Repair, Rent, Recycle & Rot

The 9 R's

The 9 R’s are design for you to follow them in order beginning with Rethink and working down to the last one Rot. Today I’m going to focus on the second to last R; Recycle.

 

When I talk to people about living a sustainable lifestyle they always come back with ‘but I recycle’. Which is great but, (why is there always a but) it’s not the answer to the climate crisis we currently find ourselves in.

 

Recycling is where we collect up our waste materials and then break them down to create something else. This process uses up a lot of energy! The items also need to be cleaned and then sorted at recycling centres. Again this takes up a lot of energy and time.

The Process of Recycling

  • Collection
  • Sorting
  • Sorted Items Sent Off To be Recycled

Every minute of every day, an average of 113,200 aluminium cans are recycled (source: thinkcans.net)

 

The aim for everyone should be firstly to rethink about what we do and don’t use and then reduce what we need to start with. By rethinking and reducing we would all have less things to recycle which is a much better solution. 

 

The Story Of Stuff has a picture which I think sums up this issue perfectly. We should all be aiming towards a circular economy. We simply cannot keep consuming at the rate we are without any regard for what happens to our unwanted items after we ‘throw them away’. 

 

“There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.

Annie Leonard 

The Story Of Stuff Circular Economy
Image Credit: The Story of Stuff (Go and check out their website, it's great!)

Also, if you haven’t yet watched their video The Story Of Stuff I’d highly recommend it. The video explains the image in more detail too. Well worth a watch with a cuppa. 

Having said all of that though recycling does still form a big part of sustainable living and it’s certainly something that we should all be doing without question. I’m certainly not saying you stop recycling, quite the opposite, but what I am saying is that it should be more of a last resort after you have already actioned the other 7 R’s first.

 

I’d highly recommend starting with doing a waste audit for your home, which is not as scary as it sounds. You can find more information on that in my post: How To Do A Waste Audit For Your Home  

 

If you do find yourself with items that need to be recycled then below I’ve got 5 tips to help you with the process…

5 Top tips for recycling at home #recycling #zerowaste #ecohome

5 Top Tips For Recycling at Home

 

Research What You Can and Can’t Recycle

 

A lot of Counties in the UK now have curbside recycling programmes which are fantastic as it makes it easier for us to recycle our unwanted items.

 

If you go to your local council website they will have a list of everything that can and cannot go into your curbside recycling. It’s worth checking it every now and then as they do change things from time to time. You could even go as far as printing out a list and sticking it on the wall near to your recycling bins to remind you.


If an item can’t go into your curbside recycling then research other places in your area where it could go. A lot of schools and community groups are now taking part in the TerraCycle recycling schemes which include waste such as bread bags, crisp packets, beauty products and even pet food pouches. Visit their website today to find out what schemes are operating in your area.

Recycling at home

Set Up A Recycling System

 

It’s a good idea to have some sort of recycling system in place in your home. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated, you just need to make it clear to everyone in the house where the recycling goes. You can buy purpose made recycling bins for your home or just use a box of some sort to store the recycling.

 

Personally, we just put our recycling on the windowsill and the children then take it out to our outside recycling bins each day as part of their afternoon chores.

The Ritual Of Recycling

 

I’ve talked about the difference between habits and rituals on my blog before. The difference is a habit is something that you do without thinking about it, biting your nails, grinding your teeth etc. A ritual, however, is something that you do on purpose with meaning behind it.

 

Starting a new ritual for your recycling is a great way to incorporate it into your daily life so it doesn’t become a chore. It’s best to do a little bit every day rather than let it build up over the week which then becomes a mammoth task.

 

Sort your recycling as you go along and take it out daily to your outside bins.

5 top tips for recycling at home

Wash Your Recycling

 

This one is pretty important and a lot of people don’t do it. You need to wash your recycling before you put it into your recycling bin. If you don’t wash it, it can contaminate other bits of recycling during the sorting process. That is not good! Please, please wash it first.  

Flatten Your Recycling

 

To stop your recycling bins overflowing then it’s good practise to flatten your items before you put them into your bins. Break up cardboard boxes so they can lay flat and squash the air out of plastic bottles.   

 

In conclusion, don’t stop recycling and if you’re not already recycling please start doing it. Familiarise yourself with the 9 R’s and perhaps see if there are ways you can reduce your waste before you get to the recycling stage. Buying unwrapped items will help you with this.

About Gina Caro

Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life.  Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog. 

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Zero Waste Food Shops in the South West, UK

Zero waste food shops have started popping up all over the country recently.

 

I thought it would be great to create one big list of all of the zero waste food shops in the South West. I’ve broken them down by county to help you find one in your local area.

 

As we live in Cornwall I’ll start there…

zero waste food shops in Cornwall

Zero Waste Food Shops Cornwall

 

Incredible Bulk – mobile zero waste shop that covers various locations

 

Locations include: Perranporth, Perranporth Plastic-free Market, Gweek, Penzance Farmers Market, Threemilestone, Mount Pleasnat Eco Park, Bear Bar, Brewhouse Cafe St Ives, Gorran Haven, Mount Hawke, Porthtowan Market, The Portreath Arms, Mawgan Porth, Helston Farmers Market, Falmouth Business Park, Wheal Kitty Workshops, Newquay Community Orchard, Lostwithiel Farmers Market, Sennen Market, Constainatine Farmers Market.  

 

Mr Fruity – Goonhavern 

 

We aim to provide a selection of fresh, high quality fruit, vegetables, preserves, eggs and bread at competitive prices, locally sourced when we can.

 

The Good Lyfe – Newquay 

 

Zero waste & ethical lifestyle store. Shopping for the conscious consumer. 

 

Open: Monday – Saturday 9.00am – 6.00pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm. 

 

The Refill Store – Truro

 

They sell a range of rice, pasta, cereals, spices, grains, pulses, dried fruits, nuts and seeds as well as body care and household cleaning products.

 

Products for the home including bamboo reusable cutlery, bamboo toothbrushes, beeswax wraps, reusable straws and storage containers for the home.

 

Open: Monday Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm

 

Un-rap – Falmouth

 

They supply organic, bulk-buy wholefoods and sustainable lifestyle products. Including baking products, cereals & oats, cleaning products, dried fruit, grains, herbs & spices, lifestyle products, nuts, oils & vinegars and much more.

 

Open: Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm

zero waste food shops in Devon UK

Zero Waste Food Shops Devon

 

Earth. Food. Love – Totnes

 

I’ve been to this zero waste shop myself and it’s lovely!

 

My First Zero Waste Shopping Experience 

 

They sell a range of Organic food products, Wholefood, gluten-free products, Pulses & grains, Organic herbs & spices, Organic dried fruit & nuts.

 

They also sell a range of sustainable products for the home.

 

Open: Monday 9am-5.30pm, Tuesday 9am-8pm, Wednesday 9am-5.30pm, Thursday 9am-5.30pm, Friday 9am-5.30pm, Saturday-9am-5pm , Sunday- At the beach (closed)

 

Nature’s Nutrition – Bideford

 

A community owned co-operative health food shop. Registered as a Community Benefit Society. Not-for-profit.

 

Open: Monday – Thursday 10.00am – 5.00pm, Friday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.00pm, Sunday Closed.

 

Save a Packet – Kingsbridge

 

They sell over 230 premium unpackaged dried foods & products, together with a great range of complimentary grocery & convenience items.

 

Open: Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm, Saturday: 9.am-5pm, Sunday: Closed

 

The Real Food Store – Exeter

 

Local, organic & ethical. They sell fresh produce, larder products, eggs & diary, meat & fish, household & toiletries, beer, wine & cider and free-from products.

 

They also have a cafe on-site.

 

Open: Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri: 8.30am – 6pm, Wed: 9am-6pm, Sat : 8.30am – 5pm

zero waste food shops somerset

Zero Waste Food Shops Somerset

 

Lesser Litter – Taunton

 

Run by Kate & Peter, they sell a range of cereals, pulses, rice, grains, poasta, baking goods, nuts, seeds, fruit, liquid foods, teas, coffees, snacks and much more.

 

Open: Monday – Closed, Tuesday – 10am – 5.30pm, Wednesday – 10am – 5.30pm, Thursday – 10am – 7pm, Friday – 10am – 5.30pm, Saturday – 10am – 5pm, Sunday – Closed

 

Harvest – Bath

 

They sell a range of fresh fruit & veg, pantry staples, nuts, seeds & dried fruits and laundry liquid and washing up refills. All of their products are vegetarian and GM free.

 

Open: Monday 8.30am – 6.00pm, Tuesday 10am – 6.00pm, Wednesday – Saturday 8.30am – 6.00pm  

 

Replenish – Weston-Super-Mare

 

They stock a wide selection of organic, fairtrade, vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan products. Also, a selection of cookery books.

 

Open: Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm

 

Scoop and Spice – Yatton & Winscombe

 

Local independent health food store. Selling gluten-free goods, eco refills, fairtrade products, soya ice cream, vegan chocolate, pantry staples & inscence & gifts.

 

The Blue Pantry – Wellington 

 

A local packaging free grocery shop based on ‘Zero Waste’ principles – bring your own containers & ditch the plastic. Buy as much or as little as you want.

 

The Good Earth – Wells

 

They sell a range of wholefood items including unpackaged fruit & veg and refills for items like shampoo & laundry detergents.

 

Open: Monday- Friday 9.00am – 5.30pm, Saturday 9.00am -5.30pm, Sunday closed

 

Take No Wrap – Yeovil

 

Shop Green and local with Take No Wrap, Yeovil’s first Zero Waste shop. Eco friendly shopping offering unpackaged dry foods, such as pasta, rice and grains, plastic free toiletries, and eco-friendly alternatives to disposable products.

 

Open: Monday 10.00am – 4.30pm, Tuesday 9.30am – 4.30pm, Wednesday – Thursday 9.30am – 5.00pm, Friday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.30pm, Sunday closed. 

 

Zero waste food shops dorset

Zero Waste Food Shops Dorset

 

Cariad Wholefoods Blandford Forum

 

A zero waste friendly independent health foods store. Everything they sell is suitable for vegans and ethically sourced. They stock a range of supplements, superfoods, herbal and homeopathic remedies as well as seasonal, local, organic produce.

 

Open: Monday _ Friday 9.00am -5.30pm, Saturday 9.00am -5pm, Sunday closed

 

Down To Earth – Dorchester

 

A small independent health food shop. Selling  a range of bulk items, free-from foods, wholefoods and lots of other things. 

 

Open: Monday 2.00pm -5.00pm , Tuesday – Friday 9.30am – 5.00pm, Saturday 9.30am – 2.00pm, Sunday closed. 

 

Spill The Beans – Wimborne

 

Spill the Beans is an independent family run health food store, selling health supplements, whole foods, toiletries and household products.

 

Open: Monday – Wednesday 9.00am – 5.00pm, Thursday – Friday 9.00am – 5.30pm, Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm, Sunday closed. 

 

The Green Weigh – Zero Waste on Wheels – Bridport

 

Making stationary stops in neighborhoods, villages and markets, The Green Weigh’s mobile zero waste shop supplies packaging free dry and liquid foods plus household and personal care refills to locations across Dorset and Devon.

 

Times and locations vary 

 

Waste Not Want Not – Bridport

 

They sell organic, unpackaged, plant based wholefoods and body care items, sustainable home products, food & drinks.

 

Open: Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm, Friday 9.30am – 6.30pm, Saturday 9.00am – 5pm, Sunday closed

zero waste food shops wiltshire

Zero Waste Food Shops Wiltshire

 

Green Ginger Health Foods – Corsham

 

A local health store selling organic food & natural products

 

Open: Monday – Saturday 9.00am – 5pm, Sunday closed

 

Goodfayre – Salisbury

 

Vegan & ethical shopping. They also offer zero waste grain subscription boxes which are delivered to your door.

 

Open: Monday-Saturday 9am – 5.30pm, Sunday 10.30am – 4pm

Zero Waste Food Shops Gloucestershire

 

Loose – Stroud

 

They sell a range of a range of basic provisions, personal care and household items including grains, pulses, seeds & nuts, dried fruit, loose tea & coffee, oils & vinegar, plus some unexpected goodies such as whole cacao beans and chocolate buttons. All of thier ‘loose’ produce are ORGANIC, other items are Fair-trade or ethically sourced.

 

Open: Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday closed

 

The Supply Wagon – Bristol

 

Zero waste goods delivered to your door in North Somerset. Selling cereals, nuts, seeds & dried fruits, flour, sugar, pasta & rice, pulses & herbs, cleaning products and bathroom products.

 

Zero Green – Bristol

 

Bristol’s first zero waste shop. Selling cereal, beans & pulses, pasta & grains, nuts, dried fruits, seeds and herbs.

 

Open: Mon CLOSED, Tue 9am-6pm, Wed 9am-6pm, Thu 11am-7pm, Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-4pm

 

If you know of a zero waste shop in the South West that I have missed off the list please let me know and i’ll add it in.

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Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life.  Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog. 

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Why We Have Stopped Using Toilet Paper

Today I’m interviewing  Helen Rankin, the founder of *Cheeky Wipes. The company designs, markets and sells the world’s first natural, cloth baby wipes “all-in-one” system for both cloth and disposable nappy users.

 

‘with more than 15,000 happy customers, Cheeky Wipes has saved more than 216 million wipes being flushed down the toilet or going to landfill, in the last four years alone – and that’s a conservative estimate!’ – Helen

 

Related Post: Cheeky Wipes Review – Reusable Wet Wipes

Before we begin please can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your family?

 

I’m Helen, Founder of Cheeky Wipes and Mum to Archie, 14, Felix, 11, Jennie, 10 & Aerin, 8. I launched Cheeky Wipes 10 years ago in October 2007, when I was 37 weeks pregnant with Jennie.  The reason I created Cheeky Wipes in the first place is that I suffer from eczema and when my eldest son was born, my eczema was really bad on my hands, and any disposable wipes I tried really hurt my hands. 

 

The wipes started as just baby wipes initially but we found that people were interested in using them as toilet paper alternatives.  After some hesitation, I tried it myself and lo, our toilet paper alternative kit was born.



We’ve spread our wings over the years and over the last 3 years have introduced  Cloth Sanitary Pads which are hugely popular, reusable make-up removing pads and  period pants.  We’ve also just introduced a ‘Welcome to your period’ first period starter kit as we believe this exciting change should be a cause for celebration, not embarrassment

How Did You Get Started with Going Toilet Paper Free?

 

The idea had been introduced to me at a Baby Show by a customer who didn’t want them for herself but had been thinking of going ‘toilet paper free’. I was intrigued by the idea and thought it over for a while, before, quite randomly one Friday night, just starting to use my wipes as bum wipes for all the family. I haven’t looked back!

 

Where Do You Store Them After Use but Before Washing?

 

I started out storing mine in a Cheeky Wipes Mucky Box, but with 4 kids it was getting full too quickly, so we now store them in a nappy bin which works fine for us.

 

Do the Wipes Smell When Being Stored?

 

No, not at all. The tea tree oil helps mask any smell.

 

How Do You Clean the Wipes?

 

I wash them in the longest cotton wash that my machine does. It’s a Samsung ecobubble though which weighs the weight of laundry, so it’s never much more than a 90 minute wash, even if I throw in some towels.   I also use a bio washing liquid because in all honesty I did try the more eco options and they just didn’t work getting my clothes clean.  Then my Mum bought some Daz and I realised what washing powder was actually supposed to do!  But just use whatever washing method you prefer.

How to give up toilet roll and why you should

Do You Have To Use an Extra Hot Wash?

 

I wash at 40c for environmental purposes, but use a capful of Dettol anti bacterial laundry liquid, so that they come out hygienically clean.

 

Don’t the Wipes Get Stained?

Not really. Occasionally there’s the odd which someone has wiped and then folded with and it stays closed in the wash, but I just chuck it in the wash again if that’s the case.  

 

How Much Extra Washing Does it Make? 

 

The wipes don’t have to be washed separately (although some people are poo squeamish and prefer to wash separately). But I tend to chuck mine in with towels or bedding. If you assume that you get through one pack of wipes (25) which weigh 250g and wash them every other day, as part of a 7kg washload, that actually only adds up to 6 extra loads of washing over a year!

zero waste clothes washing

Does Each Family Member Have Their Own Wipes?

 

No! I could see that some people might prefer that, but we just chuck them all in together.  Keep it simple!

 

Do You Have Separate Wipes for number 1’s and number 2’s?

 

No. Again, I like to keep life simple. 4 kids and a business means I haven’t got time to separate out wipes.

 

What Do You Do When You Have Guests Over?

 

We have toilet roll, although close friends who are also toilet paper free have been known to use our wipes!

 

Do You Use The Wipes When You’re Out?

 

No. I did when the kids were little and we were using them as baby wipes.  Although I keep a stash dry in the car for emergencies!

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What are the Wipes Made Of?

 

They’re available in a *few different fabrics, but my preference is cotton flannel. The reason for this is that they are our thinnest and largest wipe, and are also very soft. I’ve tried all of our wipes for bum wiping and these are my favourite.

Can You Give Us 3 Reasons Why We Should Consider Making the Switch to going Toilet Paper Free?


I’ll give you 4!



1. Obviously it’s more eco-friendly, no mass ongoing production and consumption of toilet paper. No contributing to fatbergs from so called ‘flushable’wipes.



2. They are SO much nicer to use. They leave you feeling fresh and clean and (apologies, TMI) no little bits of toilet paper left behind in your lady bits or hairy man bums.



3. You’ll save money. The kit will pay for itself and can continue to be reused again and again.



4. You’ll never run out of something to wipe your bum with and have to run to the corner shop late at night!

 

Where Can I Buy Reusable Toilet Paper?

 

You can buy reusable toilet paper kits on the *Cheeky Wipes website.

 

“By making families aware of that fact that they have a choice when it comes to wiping their bottoms, we can enable them to have happier, healthier bottoms and make the planet healthier and happier as well.” – Helen

 

and lastly what is your top tip for anyone wanting to ditch the toilet paper?

 

Just do it. I hesitated and it was one of the best eco swaps I’ve made.

As well as reusable toilet paper Cheeky Wipes also have a range of…

 

  • reusable baby wipes
  • reusable makeups wipes
  • reusable period wear.

 

Take a look at the full range on the *Cheek Wipes website today!

So what about you? Would you consider giving up toilet paper in favour of a more sustainable alternative? 

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About Gina Caro

Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life.  Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog. 

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