Most people are not aware that conventional wipes are made out of fabric, that usually contain plastic binders that make them non-biodegradable. Fortunately, companies like Sanitary Care Products Asia, Inc. (SCPA), have decided to provide consumers with a more sustainable alternative with their bamboo wipes. Bamboo is notably more sustainable than cotton and plastic, it is available locally and is one of the fastest growing plants. Bamboo is also a very effective at carbon sequestration meaning it can capture and store atmospheric carbon dioxide which is one method of reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere with the goal of reducing global climate change. The company also targets SGD number 3 good health and well-being by making personal hygiene products widely available and affordable to Filipinos. As for their bamboo fiber processing, the end product is notably free of chemical residues, and has not been associated with worker illnesses or environmental damage which is worth taking note of.
On a side note, even if the company is making efforts to be more sustainable, I think they need to reduce their amount of plastic packaging since a lot of their products are single use and are made to be thrown out for convenience. Secondly, I also think that they should consider incorporating more organic ingredients especially for their products that get washed into water ways.
On the packaging it claims that the wipes are made out of 100% bamboo fibers. Making it biodegradable within one year if properly composted or disposed of. As for the ingredients incorporated within the wipes for hygiene purposes it includes purified water, glycerin, coconut oil, allantoin, witch hazel extract, Aloe Vera, vitamin E acetate, moisturizing agent, polysorbate-20, and fragrance. The packaging itself that the wipes are contained in, is made from various forms of plastic for aesthetic purposes and adhesive to open and close the product.
The bamboo fibers are derived from lyocell rayon which is produced in a closed-loop viscose process this utilizes a non-toxic solution and minimizes water and energy consumption. A simplified flow of the processing steps involved the bamboo being pulped, softened, thickened, and formed into weavable fibres.
Sanicare is a local Philippine company dedicated to prioritizing personal hygiene, promotes quality especially being made locally, as well as innovative ideas. It is also worth mentioning that they have slowly been incorporating more eco-friendly alternatives for their more non-biodegradable products such as wet wipes by switching out cotton or plastic fibers with more sustainable options like bamboo.