Sometime in January there was a debate on some thread or other about the use of 'wipes' at sea and the issue of biodegradable wipes came up.
It seems that 'Eco by Naty' biodegradable wipes are avaiable in Australia
These are of Swedish origin and claim to be 100% plastic free and biodegradable.
So I thought I would put them to the test.. a very simple test..
I stuck a couple of unused ones in water
and let them sit out in the sun for a bit.
As seen in the vid.... 7 days later they were still much as they were when they went in... still had shape and tensile strength....
4 weeks further on.... the total mass of the wipes seems to have diminished a bit and the water
has gone quite murky but despite having been poked and prodded on a daily basis there is still plenty of 'wipe' still in the brew and it still has some strength.
So it is safe to assume that given a few more weeks they may actually have fully bio-degraded.
So... if I was a user of wipes would I use these biodegradable ones? Yes.
Would I chuck them into the sea when well offshore
? Probably... they most likely break down quicker than cardboard and I throw that over.
Would I chuck them over the side in an anchorage? Nope..... and I would really hope that nobody else would either...
Thus endeth the test and with it my thoughts....
The still shot is of them after 5 weeks or so... and No!... they weren't 'used' wipes at the start of the test ..