Hey Cheeky Pandas. How are you?
Some real talk, if we may - you might be seeing this logo on your favourite brand of wipes soon:
Pretty ugly, right? Well, there’s a reason behind it. It’s known as the 'Plastic in Product' logo, but we like to call it the ‘Dead Turtle’ logo. It’s here to inform consumers about the plastic content contained inside everyday products and the harm they can have on our lovely planet.
This logo came into effect on July 3rd of this year and you'll slowly start to notice it on your favourite brands of wipes.
The intention of this logo is to provide transparency into the effect of SUPs (Single Use Plastics) on the planet for consumers.
First, though, we’re here to tell you that you won’t see this anywhere near the packaging of our wipes.
All natural, baby
Our wipes (baby, anti bac, handy) are made from bamboo, water, and… not a whole lot else. That means they’re natural, eco-friendly, and sustainable, causing little negative effect on the planet.
What that means in non-eco-speak is – once you’ve used them, they’ll naturally biodegrade over time and become one with the Earth again. Unlike most wipes on the market, ours won’t stick around for years, needlessly killing turtles, like you can see in the logo above.
There are no plastics in our products, just bamboo and panda love, got it? Good. Glad we got that cleared up. That’s why this logo won’t be garishly gracing the front of our pretty packaging.
What about those other wipes I can buy?
Those are great. BUT. If they have this logo on the front, they’ve got plastic in, friends.
The EU are introducing labelling requirements for certain types of products, to inform customers about their plastic content, disposal options that are to be avoided, and harm done to nature if the products are littered in the environment. And most wipes you can buy on the market are included in this. (Not ours, just to re-reiterate).
Single-use plastics (SUPs) make up 50 per cent of all litter found on European beaches. The EU conducted a study to find that around 90 per cent of all single-use plastics found on European beaches consist of just 10 different types of items. So, the EU decided to target these specific items in its SUP directive.
For the top 10 SUP items for which alternatives are not as developed yet, the directive makes other requirements. To make consumers more aware of which products contain plastics and how to dispose of them correctly, period products, wet wipes, tobacco products and cups will need to have warning labels.
So instead of banning these kinds of products completely, the EU has introduced the Dead Turtle label.
That means, if you see the Dead Turtle logo on the front of your favourite wipes, the brand is liable to cause long-term damage to the Earth, not just to turtles.
It also means that any wipes that need the logo on the front that don’t have it can’t be sold.
Quite a big deal…
This requirement set by the EU is a huge deal. It means that these brands using single-use plastic are being held accountable, and customers have more transparency when it comes to knowing what effect buying them has on the planet.
Again, we’ll never have this logo on our packaging. Our entire product range is created and curated with sustainability at the forefront.
We’re going to continue to ensure our products never need to feature a dead turtle on the front because of their negative impact on the planet.
So, that’s what’s SUP.
Team Cheeky Panda x