What material are the new NIVEA Biodegradable Facial Cleansing Wipes made out of?
The NIVEA Biodegradable Facial Cleansing Wipes are made out of biodegradable natural fibres called viscose, which is a renewable material sourced from wood.
Are the new NIVEA Biodegradable Facial Cleansing Wipes biodegradable?
The NIVEA Biodegradable Facial Cleansing Wipes themselves are made of natural fibres, which are readily biodegradable. However, in order to ensure that wipes are kept moist and bacteria free, the packaging of the product is not biodegradable at this stage.
What does ‘biodegradable’ mean?
NIVEA follows the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) definition of biodegradability, which uses the OECD 301B –CO2 Evolution Test. This is a stringent screening test, conducted under aerobic conditions where biodegradation of the final formula is measured by CO2 production. A pass level of biodegradation of at least 60% within 28 days is required, and this pass level has to be reached in a 10-day window within the 28-day period of the test.
The NIVEA Biodegradable Facial Cleansing Wipes have passed this test, with more than 80% biodegrading within just 28 days.
Are the NIVEA Biodegradable Facial Cleansing Wipes flushable?
Although the wipes are made of natural origin fibres, NIVEA advises that cosmetic cleansing wipes should only be disposed of via standard domestic waste, and not via the toilet. To do so, the packaging of all NIVEA Facial Cleansing Wipes clearly advises users ‘Do not flush’ and we’ve placed the internationally recognised symbol for the bin disposal on the packaging. To dispose of the wipes, simply place them in the regular bin for personal care items.
Have NIVEA Biodegradable Facial Cleansing Wipes been dermatologically tested?
The wipes have been dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested and approved and are safe for all skin types.
Will NIVEA release other biodegradable products in future?
While we cannot comment on our future plans at this stage, at NIVEA, we are committed to providing high-quality, trustworthy products and to continuously reducing our environmental impact. We are striving to use renewable resources as much as possible, and as soon as possible, for future product development.