The Challenge:

Disinfectant wipes create plastic pollution

Did you know?

It can take up to 100 years for disinfectant wipes to biodegrade

100 years
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Growing concern about the environmental impact of disinfectant wipes

Disinfectant wipes are soaked in harsh chemicals such as bleach and quaternary ammonium. To preserve their structural integrity, wipes are often made with a durable blend of cotton and plastics such as polypropylene and polyester.11 After disposal, disinfectant wipes may eventually degrade into microplastics, which can contaminate rivers, oceans, and the food chain.15

The impact that hospital disinfectant wipes have on our environment

It is estimated that the average US hospital discards up to 8,000 wipes per licensed bed annually.35 With more than 931,000 beds across the country, that’s around 7,400,000,000 wipes polluting our ecosystem every year.16