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Why Choose Biodegradable Baby Wipes: Everything Parents Should Know

Updated on June 13, 2024
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As a parent, you not only want the softest and best baby wipes to clean your little one’s bottom, but you also want to look out for the earth at the same time. Biodegradable baby wipes to the rescue!

Here, we’ll discuss everything you need to know when choosing baby-friendly and earth-friendly wipes. First, we’ll talk about what to look for in biodegradable baby wipes before reviewing how to be sure that the wipes are good for your baby’s skin, too.

Then, we’ll introduce you to our organic, biodegradable baby wipes that we think you’ll love. Let’s take a look.

Biodegradable Baby Wipes: Good For The Earth

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Let’s cover the basics before we get into more details about biodegradable baby wipes. What exactly is “biodegradable?” And why is it important?

When something is biodegradable, it decomposes and breaks down to its basic components through natural processes. That’s all there is to it. And we believe that biodegradable baby wipes are worth choosing to reduce the impact on the planet we love.

Choosing biodegradable baby products is one giant step toward earth-friendly habits, but there are a few other things you can look for to ensure you’re using eco-friendly baby products.

Organic Ingredients And Recycled Materials

Organic farming is good for the environment in several ways. For example, it does away with chemicals and pesticides that can contaminate the air and soil. Plus, run-off from organic farms won’t pollute water sources with chemicals.

The aloe vera that we use in our Certified Organic Water Wipes with Cotton and Aloe is organic and grown on farms that meet fair-trade requirements. Rest assured that the cotton in our wipes is also organic. But there’s more good news about the cotton we use — it’s also recycled!

Our cotton is 100% recycled from the textile industry and part of a circular economy and anti-waste approach. We’ve also opted for packaging that contains up to 10% recycled plastic from industrial scrap and is made without a plastic lid, a choice that reduces our plastic use by 47%.

B-Corp Certification

Another way to know that the wipes you use on your baby’s behind are good for the earth is to check for a B-Corp certification. This label is awarded to companies that develop products with a positive impact not only on the environment but also on society.

Here at Mustela, we’re proud to have been a part of this community since 2018. Our B-Corp certification reinforces our four pillars: natural and safe products, respect for the environment, investment in dermatological research, and support for young parents.

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Knowing that organic, recycled, and biodegradable baby wipes are good for the earth, let’s move on to look at why earth-friendly wipes can also be good for your little one.

Earth-Friendly Baby Wipes: Good For Your Little One

Many times, when a skincare product is safe and healthy for the earth, it’s also safe and healthy for your baby. How so? Sunscreen is one good example.

Some of the chemical UV filters used in chemical sunscreen can harm and bleach coral reefs. However, mineral UV filters, like titanium dioxide and non-nano zinc oxide are compliant with Hawaii’s sunscreen ingredient requirement. Using mineral sunscreen for your family is one way to care for the earth and its sea creatures.

It just so happens that those mineral ingredients are also the safest for your baby’s skin. Chemical sunscreen ingredients can be irritating and harmful in several ways (even for adult skin). Meanwhile, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are safe even for sensitive skin.

In fact, zinc oxide is so good for a baby’s skin that it’s often used in diaper cream, like our Diaper Rash Cream 1 2 3. Read more about chemical and mineral sunscreen here.

(Expert tip: For the safest sun protection for your little one and your whole family, check out our collection of sunscreen products, which have all received the Seal of Recommendation from the Skin Cancer Foundation.)

Now that you see one of the ways that earth-friendly and baby-friendly are connected, let’s look at four factors that make baby products safe and easy on your little one’s delicate skin.

Free Of Questionable Ingredients

Baby playing with baby skin care products

For the safest, most soothing baby skincare products, check to see that there are no questionable chemical ingredients.

We’ve already given the example of the harmful ingredients found in chemical sunscreen, but there are other ingredients to steer clear of in products like lotion, shampoo, baby oil, and the like.

Choose products that are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and phenoxyethanol. These ingredients can all have unwanted effects on the body ranging from skin irritation and dryness to hormone disruption and neurodevelopmental disorders.

And if your baby has very sensitive skin, you’ll also want to look for fragrance-free options.


To care for a baby’s kissable, delicate skin, ensure that what goes on their skin is hypoallergenic. This simply means that a product is formulated to minimize the risk of allergic reactions.

That said, every person’s skin is different and what is irritating to one may not be to another. So, if you know of a specific ingredient that is irritating to your baby’s skin, stay away.

Made With Ingredients Of Natural Origin

If a product is free of questionable chemical ingredients, what should it be made of? Lots of ingredients of natural origin! We’re talking about hydrating, soothing ingredients, like aloe vera, colloidal oatmeal, olive oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, and so much more.

We believe so strongly in the power of natural ingredients that we’ve created our own ingredient called avocado perseose. It’s extracted from avocado and works in perfect affinity with your little one’s body chemistry, helping to preserve the unique cellular wealth of babies’ skin.

Learn more about it here.

Baby with biodegradable baby wipes

Approved By The Professionals

Finally, be sure that what goes on your baby’s skin is approved by the professionals — that is, pediatricians and dermatologists. Baby skin is different from adult skin and is unique, delicate, and deserving of special care!

Biodegradable Baby Wipes

With all of that in mind, we’d like to leave you with our biodegradable baby wipes so you can start caring for your baby and the planet!

Certified Organic Water Wipes With Cotton And Aloe

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Our Certified Organic Water Wipes with Cotton and Aloe are our biodegradable baby wipes designed to gently cleanse your baby’s skin, leaving it soothed, soft, fresh, and moisturized.

In addition to being biodegradable, these wipes are made with organic aloe vera and 100% recycled cotton. They’re good for the earth in multiple ways!

Composed of 99.8% ingredients of natural origin, our fragrance-free wipes are formulated with filtered, purified, and softened water. Rest assured that they’re also vegan; hypoallergenic; free of alcohol, parabens, phthalates, and phenoxyethanol; and EWG Verified.

What does EWG Verified mean?

EWG stands for The Environmental Working Group, and products that make the EWG Verified cut are products that meet their strict standards: free of EWG’s ingredients of concern, provides full transparency, and uses good manufacturing processes.

We took convenience into account when we made these wipes, too. The packaging is designed to be used with one hand so you can always keep the other hand on your little one while they’re on the changing table. Without a doubt, the resealable, air-tight lid was made with you in mind.

While baby wipes are typically used during diaper changes, they can come in handy to clean your baby’s face or body, too. They’re safe from birth on, suitable for all skin types, and won’t dry out your baby’s kissable skin.

Good for the earth and good for your baby. That’s how we like it.

Biodegradable Wipes For Your Baby’s Bottom

Biodegradable baby wipes help reduce our impact on the environment. You can also step up your earth-care game even more by choosing organic products made with recycled materials from a B-Corp-certified company.

At Mustela, we are proud to have held a B-Corp certification since 2018, and we continue to develop products that are natural and safe for your entire family and the earth.

Young kid handing mom biodegradable baby wipes for baby

Remember that earth-friendly baby products are oftentimes ideal for your little one’s skin, too!

And look for baby wipes that are hypoallergenic, made with soothing natural ingredients, approved by dermatologists and pediatricians, and free of questionable chemical ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, and phenoxyethanol.

Whether you have a newborn or a two-year-old, turn to our biodegradable, EWG Verified Certified Organic Water Wipes with Cotton and Aloe to care for the earth and your baby’s bottom at the same time!

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