Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
If you are looking for a good eco friendly disposable baby wipe, you might want to look into Bum Boosa. Bum Boosa are baby wipes made from bamboo fibers, they are super soft, and super strong. These wet wipes are also a pH balanced, alcohol-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, chlorine-free, non-synthetic, tree-free product.
The solution used on the wipes comes from plant basted products, essential oils, and a few other things. Here is a list:
Here is a photo of what Huggies has in their wet wipes.
If you are wondering how these wonderful wipes are made, they would better at telling you than I am. Here is what their website says:
Our baby wipes and diaper liners are manufactured using the rayon or viscose method for turning cellulose from bamboo into a usable fiber. The main chemical used during the process to break down the bamboo is sodium hydroxide (lye), most commonly known as caustic soda or CS2. Caustic soda is one of the most widely used chemicals in the world. It is used in food production, soap making, manufacturing of bio-diesel, production of paper, and is used on nearly all cotton fabrics, including organic cotton (during the wet processing). Caustic soda is approved for use on textiles under the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). One of the most important parts of the process is all recyclable. In modern viscose manufacturing for bamboo, the fiber is processed in a hermetic container where 100% of the chemicals that are used are trapped and contained – not released into the factory, environment or atmosphere. 73 percent of CS2s are recycled, 26 percent are recycled into H2SO4. The chemicals do not pollute any part of the environment.The steps are as follows:
- Bamboo leaves and the soft, inner pith from the hard bamboo trunk are extracted and crushed;
- The crushed bamboo cellulose is soaked in a aqueous solution of 15% to 20% sodium hydroxide at a temperature between 20 degrees C to 25 degrees C for one to three hours to form bamboo alkali cellulose;
- The bamboo alkali cellulose is then pressed to remove any excess sodium hydroxide solution. The alkali cellulose is left to dry for 24 hours;
- Roughly a third as much carbon disulfide is added to the bamboo alkali cellulose to sulfurize the compound causing it to jell;
- Any remaining carbon disulfide is removed due to decompression and cellulose sodium xanthogenate is the result;
- A diluted solution of sodium hydroxide is added to the cellulose sodium xanthogenate dissolving it to create a viscose solution consisting of about 5% sodium hydroxide and 7% to 15% bamboo fiber cellulose.
- The viscose bamboo cellulose is forced through spinneret nozzles into a large container of a highly diluted sulfuric acid solution which hardens the viscose bamboo cellulose sodium xanthogenate and reconverts it to cellulose bamboo.
- The finished fiber is sent to a wet wipes manufacturing facility where the spun lace process is used (without chemicals) to turn the fiber into thin, disposable sheets using high pressure water jets.
– See more at: http://bumboosa.com/bum-boosa-on-sale-now/how-bamboo-is-processed-into-a-fiber/#sthash.8npMxrBD.dpuf
If you are worried about the strength of the wipes, don’t. I’ve not been able to push my finger through one yet.
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