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Why 100% biodegradable wipes are essential for the medical sector

The same fantastic high performance antibacterial wipes but now 100% biodegradable.

 

The medical sector requires sanitisation methods that are reliable for killing harmful bacteria and preventing the spread of disease. To do this, wipes are often an integral part of cleaning for this industry to ensure germs are not spread across multiple surfaces. 

At Uniwipe, we understand the importance of this product in this industry, but we’re also passionate about making more sustainable changes to our products. That’s why we’ve created our 100% biodegradable Bio Clinical wipes. 

 

In this blog post, we’ve shared why 100% biodegradable wipes are a new necessity for the medical sector….

 

What are biodegradable wipes?

Firstly, it’s important to establish the difference between non-biodegradable wipes and  biodegradable wipes. The main difference is that biodegradable wipes are composed of alternative fibres and chemicals that are kinder to the environment. For example, standard wet wipes tend to contain plastics such as polypropylene and polyester while biodegradable wipes are composed of more sustainable properties such as plant fibres and organic cotton. 

Our Bio Clinical wipes are made specifically from 100% plant-based fibres which are safe for use on hands and surfaces while also retaining an unmatched level of durability and disinfectant power – killing up to 99.999% of bacteria and viruses. 

Alongside our commitment to creating wipes designed from sustainable materials, we’re also dedicated to reaching our goal of making all of our product packaging 100% recyclable by 2023. 

 

Eliminate cross-contamination 

Medical settings are filled with harmful germs and bacteria which can easily be transmitted between people and surfaces. From patient rooms, medical equipment and communal stations, there are numerous high risk areas that workers throughout the healthcare industry must clean continuously to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. 

The British Institute of Cleaning (BICSc) colour-coding system was created with the purpose of diminishing cross-contamination. By associating a specific colour with an industry and use, users are able to clearly identify the setting in which each cleaning product can be used. For example, our Bio Clinical wipes are specifically packaged in yellow packaging which indicates they are safe for use in clinical environments including hospital wards, doctors’ surgeries and dental practices. 

In addition, all of our wipes have undergone rigorous testing to ensure that they are up to industry standards. Our 100% biodegradable wipes have been tested to EN14476 and EN16615, both of these standards demonstrate that the wipes contain disinfectant and anti-viral ingredients proven to eliminate bacteria and viruses. 

 

Wiping down medical equipment and tools

Evidence has shown that medical equipment is often contaminated with harmful bacteria and viruses and can be a key contributor to the transmission of pathogens and the spread of bacteria. 

This information emphasises the importance of making sure that your medical devices and equipment are disinfected before and after use, particularly in high-risk settings. The purpose of this is to ensure that no dangerous or harmful bacteria spreads to those using the equipment or vulnerable patients. 

Due to the specialised technology and technical components used in medical devices, equipment is often very expensive. Therefore, it’s critical that devices are cleaned properly to eliminate the chances of equipment being damaged through a build-up of dirt, lint or dust. 

At Uniwipe, our Bio Clinical wipes combine the same high-quality cleaning power as seen throughout our midi-wipe range with incredible biodegradable properties, making them the perfect eco-friendly alternative for those working within the medical sector.

 

Encourage users to follow the ‘one-wipe, one use’ rule

A study in which 30 laundered cleaning cloths were collected from 10 different hospitals across Arizona showed that 93% of the cloths still contained viable bacteria. This highlights the ability of bacteria and viruses to cling to cleaning tools such as cotton and microfibre cloths. 

Evidently, when compared to alternative cleaning methods wet wipes are proven to reduce the risk of cross-contamination and encourage users to follow effective cleaning practices such as the ‘one wipe, one use technique’.