This reusable tissue cleaner concept offers a solution to wet wipes pollution

Since viruses and harmful microorganisms are known to stick to certain surfaces for long periods of time, some people have gotten the habit of wiping down tables, shelves, door handles, and even chairs before using them. While it is definitely a commendable hygienic practice, it has also increased the use of products such as wet wipes. Contrary to popular misconceptions, these aren’t simply “wet tissues” since real tissue paper easily breaks down when wet. Unfortunately, the synthetic materials in wet wipes turn them into environmental hazards in the long run, essentially on the same level as plastics. Rather than discourage a good habit, this concept attacks the problem from a different angle by essentially providing wet wipes that can be cleaned and reused rather than being thrown away all the time.

Designer: Yeounju Lee

Despite their appearance as thick tissues or thin pieces of cloth drenched in disinfectant like alcohol, the majority of wet wipes are actually made partly from polyester or polypropylene fibers, sometimes interwoven with organic fibers like cotton or wood pulp. This means that these wipes don’t actually break down when you flush them down toilets, and definitely not after they’ve reached sewers or other places you might not want to imagine. It can take hundreds of years for these to actually decompose, meanwhile posing a problem, not unlike typical plastics.

The problem is that, like common plastic, wet wipes are convenient. Their small packages can be slipped into bags easily, and they are like a cross between tissue paper and cloth. A wiping cloth would, of course, be more economical and more environment-friendly, but the chore of washing and sanitizing after each use is too high a cost for many people. What if we could automate that last bit almost the same way we automate washing our own clothes? Re:clean is a concept that proposes exactly that, to make single-use wet wipes into reusable wet tissues.

Re:clean is practically an appliance that cleans, disinfects, wets, and dispenses these wet tissues that curiously come in the shape of a circle with a hole in the middle, pretty much like a CD. Used pieces are loaded onto a spindle from the top, while cleaned wet tissues are collected in portable storage boxes that you just pull out and put in a bag, ready to be used at any time. The machine has controls that let the user select the amount of water content the tissues will hold or the number of tissues to be dispensed per box.

It’s definitely a creative way of solving the pollution problem of wet wipes, though some might have misgivings about reusing such materials over and over again. Then again, it’s really no different from washing rags, towels, or chamois, except everything is automated and regulated. Ideally, the wet tissues themselves can be made of more sustainable materials as well, but even if they were of the same composition as wet wipes, delaying their arrival in landfills and oceans can still have a positive impact on the environment.

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Zero waste living is easy with this reusable tissue pack

Have you ever had a sneeze attack and you have just pulled out the last tissue from the box? Now, during the Coronavirus outbreak, we are stocking up on tissues and supplies more than ever. But if we pause a moment and think, this epidemic has increased the use of the very same single-use items that we are trying to curb for the sake of the environment. Copenhagen based startup, LastObject, has launched its new product called LastTissue that is exactly what we need in the current times for our health and also the environment.

Think of LastTissue as if a handkerchief and a tissue pack had a baby – it has the convenience of being travel-sized so it can be used on-the-go and the benefits of being sustainable because it is reusable. Each year 8,000,000 trees are cut down in the US alone to make facial tissues, and using this product alone can save the planet from 3,100 single-use tissues as well as their plastic packaging and 2 liters of water. One LastTissue box contains 6 reusable tissues made from 100% organic cotton that fits into a sleek, minimal case made with 100% silicone. The case is dishwasher safe so you can easily keep it clean and disinfect whenever needed. You can wash the tissues 460 times each which should last you many years! Production of LastTissue takes 3 times lesser energy which saves several tonnes of resources globally. The most important part, the LastTissue is baby soft (very essential during sneeze attacks!) so no more rashes on your nose due to coarse tissues or hand towels.

The impact of single-use tissues can be quantified roughly – 41 million trees are cut down every day (EVERY DAY) worldwide to make these tissue packs and this is before Coronavirus hit. Can you imagine how many more trees are being cut to fight the panic buying across the world? Toilet paper and tissues are the first to run out in stores and that damage to trees will be leaps ahead of 41 million. Just think of the mammoth-sized loss of wildlife and natural resources which will exponentially accelerate global warming – it is already at a place where we cannot reverse it and with every single-use item we buy, we thrust ourselves deeper into that black hole. With LastTissue, you can combat the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, the paper industry, and make a difference in the current climate emergency. Isabel, Nicolas, and Kaare – the founders of LastObject – created these products because they imagined a world where objects would last with dedicated use of sustainable alternatives that are easy to adapt to. Often we can’t make the switch because it requires a change in years of conditioned behavior but with LastTissue, it is as easy as covering your nose when you sneeze, it is inherent.

This ingenious product alone can play a crucial role in slowing down climate change as we know it, so what are we waiting for? Flu season is upon us and while the store shelves are emptied, you will be safe because reusability never runs out!

Designer: Nicolas Aagaard

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These Are The Cutest Tissue Holders You’ll See All Day


Etsy seller shopSparklyPony makes some pretty cool tissue holders. They’re in the shape of various animals, from dinos to whales, and the tissue always comes out of some orifice, which can be both cute and funny. Bunny poop tissue, anyone? Anyone? Ok, we know it’s supposed to represent the bunny’s tail, but, you know… No?

Ok… we have the sense of humour of a 5 year old. Sigh.

In any case, you can get one of these tissue holders for $40. They’re hand-made, one by one, out of wood and latex paint, and “each elephant is stamped, dated, signed, and numbered with its order of purchase.”





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