The Cheeky Panda Biodegradable Handy Wipes

overall rating:

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Maaria Ishtiaq
12/4/2021
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The biodegradable wipes made by The Cheeky Panda company are shown as a sustainable alternative to regular wipes and can be disposed of easily without having an impact on the environment. This company also makes other eco-friendly products as well, especially for babies so that new families can provide their children with products that will not damage the environment. In addition, due to its vegan certification it is very appealing for people who care about the future. In this review, I will be delving into how biodegradable the product is, the people involved and the process as well.

Due to The Cheeky Panda being a certified B Corporation they have done enough to be certified to a high standard. This includes being a member of Social Enterprise UK, meaning they invest in independent stores or larger companies. Therefore, this can support those that are in need of extra funds. Also, they have joined the World Land Trust to become a carbon balancing company which consists of donating to the programme to reduce emissions and restore forests. In additon, they use less chemicals in their products and are vegan friendly so this proves that this is a good alternative. Nevertheless, more needs to be done in including more data and statistics in their reports to show that they are doing all that they say they are.

What it's made of:

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These wipes are made of 100% bamboo fibre with water, apple extract, Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice, gluconolactone, sodium benzoate and calcium gluconate. The packaging of the wipes themselves are made of 3 layers of recyclable material.
The bamboo that is used as the basis for this product states to be from renewable and sustainable sources consisting of virgin tree pulp certified by FSC. To support this they have mentioned this numerous times in their sustainability report but no figures or data was used to back up this claim. Also, the other ingredients that are used, especially the water, have not been mentioned in detail in their 2019-2020 report. Therefore, with no data to back up their seemingly sustainable initiative, this could suggest the company could be hiding more and following the sustainable trend of greenwashing rather than doing it of their own will. In addition, the wipes that are used can be composted, however no specific temperature at which it could be composted was detailed. Also, the packaging that they claim is recyclable is actually not widely recyclable in the UK, proving that they have a long way to go in terms of packaging for it to be at least recyclable.

In addition in terms of prices these wipes are slightly more expensive being priced at £1.50 for 12 wipes. This can be compared to Sani hand wipes by Sainsbury’s for a £1 again for 12 wipes and Fred and Flo biodegradable wipes for 65p for 60 wipes which are much more cheaper. However, every now and then the Cheeky Panda do have reductions on at Black friday and Boxing day so are priced at 75p. Also, as the Cheeky Panda are in collaboration with schemes such as the World Land Trust then buying their wipes seems like a better choice if being eco friendly and sustainable is something that the consumer is interested in.

How it's made:

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In the report i could not find any detailed process in making the actual wipes or any other products which makes it difficult to determine rates of gas emission and the quantities of ingredients that were used. In addition, there was no mention on transportation and where exactly the bamboo comes from except somewhere in China so this is very vague. As a result, more transparency is needed such as graphs and table highlighting these key points.

However, i have found information on how wet wipes are made generally and will detail the production of them. The process initially begins with a wet method whereby fibres (made from plastic pellets) are converted into liquid slurries with water and chemicals. Rollers are then used to convert this slurry into flat sheets and are then dried. These sheets can then be cut into individual shapes and a cleansing solution can then be added in spray form as the final step. The cleansing solution contains about 70% of water so this is devastating for the environment as well as those that may need the water for better purposes such as drinking or bathing water. Through my research i could not find an exact amount of water that is actually used to manufacture wipes so transparency in this area is crucial for consumers to know exactly what is in their product and the consequences of it as well.

Who makes it:

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The people that are involved in making these wipes are farmers that harvest the bamboo, the corportation team and the factory workers but yet again there was limited information on wages, hours and how they treat their employees. The only information i could find on the employees was of their Chinese workers. The wages were approximately £1.59, they worked 40 hours a week and the minimum working age was 18 years old. The wages they received was higher than the minimum wage which was £0.89 and no child labour was involved which is very positive. However, the only reason why these details were published in their report was due to demand from consumers as the bamboo was produced in China which at the time were involved in political issues regarding Uyghur muslims workers involved in bamboo production. Therefore, this information was released only when there was demand not due to the Cheeky Pandas own will.