Frequently Asked Questions
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Actually there is. The wipes were originally going to be 2 ft x 4 ft but no matter how we folded it or tightly we packed it we could not manage to fit it comfortably inside a pocket. To solve the problem we asked ourselves what size we considered to be perfectly pocket sized and worked backwards from there. Thankfully we found this modified size to be just as effective as the 2 ft x 4 ft version. In fact some of our testers have reported being able to get completely clean with just half of one of our wipes. But if you're dealing with both sweat and grime, we think our wipes are the perfect size.Last updated:
The shelf life of our wipes (as well as most wipes on the market) is two years. The main problem is not spoilage but moisture loss. We do believe our wipes will last much longer than two years for the following four reasons.
1) Our wipes are individually wrapped with no stickers or plastic covers to allow increased moisture loss.
2) Our wipes are extremely moisture rich to begin with, so they should continue to be very usable even after losing some of their moisture.
3) Our wipes are folded many times over again in order to make them pocket sized. This additional folding helps to trap the moisture inside the wipe.
4) Moisture loss is directly related to surface area. In its open state, 8000 square cm of wipe material is exposed to air. In its closed state just 221 square cm is exposed to air.
Storing these wipes in a cool, moist environment will slow the rate of moisture loss. Conversely, storing them in a hot dry place will accelerate moisture loss. That said, even when stored in hot, dry environments - like the glove compartment of your car, these wipes should at least last the two years that our label promises. Of course these wipes only came into existence this past January so we have not had an opportunity to formally test this out. Having said that, I've stored these wipes in the hot trunk of my car for up to 6-7 weeks at a time and noticed no difference in moisture content.Last updated:
Yes. Our wipes are extremely thick and durable and can tolerate many hand washings. Remember however that these wipes are also biodegradable so we're not sure how well they would hold up if you put them in the washing machine.
This is what Jeff from Bike Tourings' Blog has to say about our wipes:
"After initial use I will reseal the towel in a large ziploc freezer bag with Thayer's Witch Hazel due to its organic essential oil ingredients mixed with a bit of Dr. Bronner's Castille Soap. This is an excellent blend for reusing or making your own towel wipes in a ziploc bag but the towel wipes available from Epic Wipes are by far the best available and are an excellent reusable product."Last updated:
Yes. If you can't find a way to repurpose our wipes, Epic Wipes are made out of 100% Bamboo Viscose which makes them both biodegradeable and sustainable.Last updated:
Well first of all we are having our wipes formally tested for biodegradability as we speak. The lab we hired will be testing our wipes under landfill conditions (anaerobic environment with low moisture content). We want to know with certainty exactly how long it takes for one Epic Wipe to decompose completely under the most rigorous of conditions. All of this information will be posted on our website www.epicwipes.com when testing is complete.
Having said that, we have had extensive conversations with various scientists who work in this field and the unanimous consensus has been that viscose, regardless of its source, is highly biodegradable even when buried in a landfill.
Viscose is essentially the fabric form of cellulose which is the fiber found in the vegetables that we eat. Regardless of the form that it happens to be in, viscose for all intents and purposes, behaves like cellulose in nature and degrades almost as quickly (if not just as quickly) as powdered cellulose, which is what most biodegradability experiments use as their control. In the experience of the scientists we talked with, under simulated landfill conditions, complete biodegradation occurs for viscose in less than 45 days. If composted it usually takes less than two weeks.Last updated:
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Hydrogenated Castor Oil
Decyl Glucoside (Sugar Based Detergent)
Potassium Sorbate (Preservative)
2,4-dichlorobenzyl alcohol (Preservative)
Chamomile Recutita Extract
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The Epic Wipes formula is 100% our own and is the product of many months of trial and error. It wasn't easy (or cheap) but we are thrilled with the final formulation and know that you will be too.Last updated:
After watching the documentary "The Human Experiment" our founder wanted to make sure that above all else Epic Wipes would be safe to use all over the body. To help guide our research we used a site called the EWG Skin Deep database as our starting point because it uses the primary literature to rank all skin care products on a scale from 1/10 (nontoxic) to 10/10 (why is this stuff legal!?). We're proud to say that all of the ingredients in Epic Wipes are rated 1/10 on the EWG scale, with the exception of one of our preservatives, Potassium Sorbate, which is rated 3/10 (more on that below). For comparison, many other wet wipes out there contain ingredients that are rated as high as 7 or 8 out of 10 on the EWG toxicity scale. In fact, many ingredients in other wet wipe products today are considered to be likely carcinogens or endocrine disruptors - even the ingredients used in many infant formulations. To give a few examples DMDM Hydantoin which is found in Huggies Natural Care scores a 7/10. Benzyl alcohol found in Pampers Sensitive Wipes scores a 5/10. Even Babyganics wipes contain fragrance which scores an 8/10. Though there are some companies out there that take special pride in their ingredients (such as Honest Wipes and Action Wipes for example), for some reason most seem not to care.
Regarding the Potassium Sorbate preservative in Epic Wipes, so far as we know there are currently no preservatives in existence that are as safe as water, and unless you want moldy wipes, a preservative must be used. That said, according to the FDA, Potassium Sorbate (again, just a 3/10 on the EWG scale) can be safely eaten at 100 times the amount found in one of our wipes. In fact, Potassium Sorbate is found in most of the cheese, wine, and yogurt that we eat. Given that Potassium Sorbate is really only considered to be potentially problematic when found in high concentrations or in the presence of ascorbic acid or nitrites (neither of which are present in our wipes) we are currently working with EWG to see if the small amount of Potassium Sorbate in our wipes can be listed as 1/10.Last updated:
Absolutely not. Despite the "benzyl" name that might frighten some health conscious label readers, 2,4-dichlorobenzyl alcohol scores a 1/10 for toxicity (nontoxic) on the EWG Skin Deep database and is one of the main ingredients found in many cough drops. It is one of the safest preservatives known but must be used with other preservatives for full effectiveness. The amount of 2,4-dichlorobenzyl alcohol is so small that unless you have an allergy you will not be able to detect its presence.Last updated:
No. In retrospect we can definitely see how "fragrance free" could be a misleading choice of words and we apologize for that. In technical terms we did not add any fragrance to these wipes since most fragrances (perfumes essentially) contain phthalates which are known endocrine disruptors. As a rule, I actively avoid any products with “fragrance,” especially anything that I might use on my 8-month old. But to answer the essence of your question, though these wipes are fragrance free they are not unscented.
Why did we choose to make a scented wipe? During the development process we quickly learned that it's virtually impossible to make an unscented product using only natural ingredients. Most natural ingredients have an odor and most of them smell pretty funky actually. Aloe for example smells awful. So instead of trying to make an “almost unscented” wipe with a mildly unpleasant odor, we decided to embrace the scent situation and set out to make a wipe that actively smelled great. I personally love the way these wipes smell, and the feedback from our early testers has been overwhelmingly positive. If however, you’re not a fan of the scent or of scented wipes in general, you can rest easy knowing that the smell of eucalyptus does not linger long after use (two to three minutes in my experience). Also, if you wear perfume these wipes will not compete with it.Last updated:
If animals with sensitive sniffers are in the area we don't recommend sleeping with these wipes in your tent. Bears have a sense of smell that’s over 2000 times more acute than a human’s and would definitely be able to smell these wipes. So when camping in bear country we recommend storing these wipes in the same stuff sack as your food – which as a rule should be hung at least 200 feet downwind from your sleeping site.Last updated:
Epic wipes contain a small amount of Eucalyptus Essential Oil (0.04%), and as a rule essential oils of any kind should be avoided on newborns. The safety of essential oils on older children however varies by both the oil and the child in question. We consulted several essential oil experts while formulating our wipes and the strong concensus was that Eucalyptus Essential Oil at this low a concentration likely posed no greater a risk for hypersensitivity than any other ingredient. Nevertheless, we recommend caution when using these wipes for the first time on very little ones, and in an effort to maintain complete transparency our packaging includes a warning label about Eucalyptus so that parents can make their own informed decisions.Last updated:
China. It took us two years of trial and error working with different potential manufacturers before we finally found our current supplier. Our biggest hurdle was finding someone who was able to produce a wipe to our size specifications. None of the manufacturers that we found in the US were willing to make the necessary modifications to their machinery while still maintaining a reasonable price point. We also refused to skimp on quality (once you try our wipes you'll see what we mean). Our wipes are thick, durable, soft, and made with high quality ingredients. To make these wipes stateside would have cost us almost double, and we didn't think people would be too keen on paying $6.00 for a wipe. Our manufacturer is ISO certified and conforms to all international labor laws.Last updated:
We're ready! The design of our product is complete and all that remains is to ramp up production. This is where you come in. We've been able to order enough wipes for testing and promotional purposes but our next minimum ordered quantity is an order of magnitude larger than anything we've purchased to date. Without your help we will have to seek outside funding.Last updated:
We have already started initial production runs to fulfill pledge rewards/orders! All rewards/orders will be fulfilled in the order that the corresponding pledges were placed in our campaign. We expect to begin shipping by the end of June and to have fulfilled all rewards/orders by late July or early August.
*Note: An earlier version of this FAQ indicated a slightly more accelerated shipment schedule. A large order of wipes was supposed to arrive in our warehouse by the third week of June, but due to a printing error in the packaging, that shipment is now scheduled to arrive at our warehouse no later than July 15. We've therefore updated this FAQ section to reflect the extension of the shipment schedule by a few weeks.Last updated:
How can I be sure that my donations to the Red Cross or to the Troops will actually reach their intended destination?
After the campaign we will tally all donations and then take a picture of all the cartons of wipes at their target destinations. We will also get a signed receipt stating exactly how many wipes were donated and will post on our website, along with the names of everyone who made a donation. We guarantee that all donations will actually get to someone in need. Absolutely. 100%Last updated:
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