Face wipes are set to be banned in the UK—these are the options you should be using instead

Simple steps to reduce your waste.

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When it comes to creating a sustainable beauty routine, there are lots of simple ways to be kinder to the planet. From recycling your empty make-up and skincare to purchasing refillable beauty products, the little things add up to make a big difference. 

One of the most sensible swaps you can make is replacing single-use face wipes with one of the best cleansers and a reusable face cloth. If you're yet to do this, then now is the perfect time, as the government have just proposed a ban on all plastic-based wipes in England which could be carried out within the next year.

According to a study by Water UK, these wipes make up around 93% of the material causing sewer blockages, simply because they're not designed to be flushed down drains. Not only do these blockages cost us time and money, but they also have a huge impact on the environment.

Luckily, more and more brands are creating biodegradable wipes to help solve the problem. In fact, brands such as Conserving Beauty have acquired a UK Fine to Flush certification, which means that the products can break down in the sewer system to minimise blockages.

Speaking to Conserving Beauty Founder and CEO, Natassia Nicolao, she said: "The UK’s recent ban on plastic wet wipes is an encouraging step forward for the climate crisis, the beauty industry, and the beauty consumer. It’s a positive progression that the UK government is recognising that corporations need to be held accountable for their waste footprint, and to be innovative in the way they meet the demands of their consumers."

Although beauty brands have started to create biodegradable wipes, it's important to note that they're still single-use products which aren't the most sustainable choice when it comes to your skincare routine. That said, there are other make-up remover alternatives out there that are just as quick and easy to use and don't require single use wipes (and in our opinion, they do a much better job at cleansing your face). 

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Grace Lindsay

Grace Lindsay is currently Junior Beauty Editor at Who What Wear UK and previously was Marie Claire UK's E-Commerce Writer.  With over three years of experience in the fashion and beauty industry, she covers everything from the best make-up and skincare deals to how to shop the stand out trends of the season. When she's not typing away at her laptop, Grace can be found shopping her favourite vintage markets IRL, or catching up on her never-ending list of books to read.