Really Big Wipes

Nothing short of epic—this extra large wipe is 16 times the size of standard ones. Suited to clean epic humans, the inside of cars, or the entire family after a picnic, these towel sized wipes get rid of the stink and answer the age-old query “How do I clean my back with one wipe?” But besides keeping your body clean, your conscience will be clean, too. These big guys are biodegradable. Each wipe is made from bamboo and essential oils like eucalyptus, castor, chamomile, and calendula, which make it smell fresh while freshening you up. And there’s an epic guy behind this invention. Dr. Aeneas Janze is a physician and war veteran who saw a need for a practical, eco-friendly alternative to showers while stationed in Afghanistan. Not to be confused with non-epic wipes, you’ll just need one of these to get rid of epic stink after camping trips, picnics, or a workout.

Epic Wipes

Towel Sized Body Wipes

Really Big Wipes

Nothing short of epic—this extra large wipe is 16 times the size of standard ones. Suited to clean epic humans, the inside of cars, or the entire family after a picnic, these towel sized wipes get rid of the stink and answer the age-old query “How do I clean my back with one wipe?” But besides keeping your body clean, your conscience will be clean, too. These big guys are biodegradable. Each wipe is made from bamboo and essential oils like eucalyptus, castor, chamomile, and calendula, which make it smell fresh while freshening you up. And there’s an epic guy behind this invention. Dr. Aeneas Janze is a physician and war veteran who saw a need for a practical, eco-friendly alternative to showers while stationed in Afghanistan. Not to be confused with non-epic wipes, you’ll just need one of these to get rid of epic stink after camping trips, picnics, or a workout.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas

    Hello Grommet fans! I'm Aeneas Janze, founder and CEO of Epic Wipes. After three years of obsessive attention to detail and dozens of iterations, I'm extremely proud to present a highly effective and highly portable solution to the "no shower" problem. Made from bamboo and formulated with only nontoxic ingredients, our wipes are safe for the Earth, safe for you, and so very different from anything you've ever tried before.

  • Portia
    Portia
    8/11/2016 10:33 AM

    Sounds like a great idea but, at $2.50 per towel, they're awfully pricey.

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 11:03 AM

    @Portia Hi Portia - thanks for the comment. Trust me when I tell you that our profit margins are no higher than any other wet wipe brands. Once you actually try our wipes out you'll understand what I mean. This is a premium product and we spared no expense with every single ingredient. These wipes are made from bamboo so are both sustainable and biodegradable. They're also nontoxic, thick and durable, towel sized, individually wrapped in recyclable packaging and pocket-sized. You could even throw these wipes in the wash if you wanted. My Grandmother used hers every day for four weeks and then buried it in her garden - now that's ecoconscious!

  • Dayle
    Dayle
    8/11/2016 11:42 AM

    @Aeneas Could you expand on the re-usability of the cloths. Did your grandmother wash them and remoisten them with something? If so, do you or could you sell the liquid that you use to moisten them separately to enable buyers to extend the use of the cloths and still maintain the cleaning benefits? I know well the strength of bamboo fabric, and can believe it is strong enough to use in the way described. Thanks

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 12:29 PM

    Hi Dayle and thanks for the great question. A wipe recharger kit is actually something we have in the works as well, though it likely won't be available until early 2017. My Grandmother just used soap and water to recharge hers. And yes the bamboo fabric stands up well to repeated washings, and feels like cotton against the skin.

  • Dayle
    Dayle
    8/11/2016 12:54 PM

    @Aeneas One more note. I think there might be a typo in the description box on the purchase page. It described the size of an open individual sheet as: Dimensions: Individually Packaged: 4.25" x 3" x 1"; Open: 2' x 6'; Box: 9.5" x 4.6" x 3.25"

    I think in the video you said it was 2' by 18". Which is correct? Thanks again. I plan to buy a box or two, and have at least one friend who I know can use this.

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 1:22 PM

    Hi Dayle - you're right it is incorrectly labeled. Fully opened our wipes measure 31.5" x 19.7". So over two and a half feet long and over one and a half feet wide.

  • Dave
    Dave
    8/11/2016 10:44 AM

    As a chaplain (CAPT) in the Guard, I can tell you that using the hand sized cleaning wipes in the field can be frustrating. Cleaning your face and arms aren't bad but your backside can be quite a challenge. I'm glad to see this product on the market as a lot of soiled soldiers will appreciate feeling clean in the field where there are no showers or you're not lucky enough to be in an AO where there is clean, running water (which is basically non existent in a desert environment). Campers and hikers should love these as well. Thanks for the invention.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2016 10:56 AM

    Thank you for your comment and your service, Dave. We greatly appreciate it!

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 11:16 AM

    Dave you nailed it on the head! That's exactly what these wipes are all about. Here's another thing you'll appreciate. I went through dozens of iterations until I finally found a formula that left NO WIPE RESIDUE! I know you know what I'm talking about, because anyone who's "showered" with regular wipes for an extended period has struggled with this. After a couple days you're not sure what's worse. The sweat and grime...or the layer of baby wipe chemicals that continues to accumulate on the skin. I've used these wipes for a week straight with zero wipe build-up.

  • Steve
    Steve
    8/11/2016 10:52 AM

    They are the size of 16 regular sized wet wipes, but the cost is 80 times the price of a standard wet wipe. No thank you.

    Steve Iversen

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2016 11:02 AM

    Hi Steve, I don't know what a single standard wet wipe costs, but I am confident that a towel-sized wipe made of bamboo, infused with essential oils, and won't harm the environment because it's biodegradable is 80 times better than a standard wet wipe.

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 11:10 AM

    @Steve Hi Steve. Ounce for ounce we're comparably priced with other wet wipes. A box of our 10 wipes weight 2.2 pounds! If you've ever tried to "shower" with regular wipes before you end up going through half a package trying to get clean and it just doesn't do the trick. You have to realize that these wipes have a special purpose. They're not designed for cleaning off post-chicken wing fingers. They will quite literally substitute for a shower. If you bike to work for example, one wipe will leave you feeling like you actually took a shower - and you can clean your back too!

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 11:11 AM

    And your bike when you're done :)

  • E.T.
    E.T.
    8/11/2016 10:56 AM

    Can you use them on pets?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2016 10:59 AM

    Hi E.T., there are essential oils in Epic Wipes which should be used sparingly on pets.

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 11:19 AM

    Mike is right. Eucalyptus Essential Oil should be avoided on cats but with the small amount in these wipes, they should be fine for most dogs. Having said that, our Epic Pet Wipe project is well under way! You're not the first one to ask about a pet version of our wipes, and we listen to our customers :)

  • Steve
    Steve
    8/11/2016 11:23 AM

    I don't mean any offense, but these are extremely expensive. You can buy a pack of 80 regular sized wipes for the price of one of these.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2016 11:36 AM

    Hi Steve, Aeneas and I both addressed this above.

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 12:21 PM

    Steve I agree with you 100% - these wipes are more expensive than your average wet wipe. Ounce for ounce however we're very competitively priced when compared to wipes that are as high quality as ours (and there are very few of those). If you do a search for "shower alternative" wipes you'll also find that many of them end up costing around 1 dollar per wipe yet we're at least 10 x larger than even 90% of shower alternative wipes. To my knowledge we are the only towel-sized AND pocketable shower alternative on the market today. So the question you have to ask yourself is this: Would you be willing to pay $5 to feel shower clean on your weekend camping trip? For me, the answer is absolutely!

  • Zack
    Zack – Grommet Team
    8/11/2016 2:50 PM

    In addition to being super-soft, Epic Wipes also smell phenomenal. Far better than the alcohol scent of individually packed small wipes or baby wipes that are designed to be used for changing diapers!

  • Karen
    Karen
    8/11/2016 11:51 AM

    I'm caring for an elderly mom with dementia. Showers are an ordeal, but with the hot weather are needed more often than usual. I think these wipes may be a blessing. Will keep you posted.

    Karen

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 12:42 PM

    Hi Karen! You're exactly right. As a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation doctor I knew from the beginning that these wipes would be useful far beyond just camping trips and lunch-hour workouts. These wipes are perfect for people with impaired mobility and the elderly. A few weeks ago I received a very nice email from an elderly woman who recently broke her hip. She was so grateful for having Epic Wipes, because now she didn't have to suffer the embarrassment of having her children help bathe her.

  • snype
    snype
    8/11/2016 1:50 PM

    @Aeneas These would be as much of a slam dunk for the Elder Care Industry as they would be for Sporting and Athletic Associations, endless potential collaborations with everything from AARP to Nascar to major sports.

  • Lucinda
    Lucinda
    8/11/2016 1:05 PM

    I think these sound like a great addition to a hurricane preparedness kit.

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 1:29 PM

    Hi Lucinda! You've actually hit on one of our most interested target demographics. We've been featured in three survivalist subscription boxes so far and are discussing placement options with two more. When water is scarce and you need to stay clean - Epic Wipes are the perfect solution.

  • Lucinda
    Lucinda
    8/11/2016 1:30 PM

    @Lucinda Any disaster or evacuation kit actually.

  • Diane
    Diane
    8/11/2016 1:11 PM

    I just have a question. What is the "life expectancy" of an individually wrapped Epic Wrap? I just wonder because many pre-packaged products dry out before they can be used. I am interested but may have need to use them maybe only once or twice per year. Given that, will the last 2 wipes still be moist 5 years down the road? Just sign me "ATV Gal"

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 1:34 PM

    Hi ATV Gal! That's a great question.

    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 and MAY add months to years onto their life but we've never formally tested this out.

  • snype
    snype
    8/11/2016 1:58 PM

    @Aeneas I am the kind of person who puts everything in zip lock bags, so if I was storing them long term, I'd just spritz water in the bag every once in a while and seal it back up. :-)

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2016 2:01 PM

    Snype, might I recommend a silicone baggie alternative to stashing your items? ;)

  • snype
    snype
    8/11/2016 2:40 PM

    @Mike :))

  • snype
    snype
    8/11/2016 1:27 PM

    Great idea. Some of the people talking about the price compared to standard wipes might just need time to mull it over. If someone is an avid wet wipe user, there are times when you wish you had something bigger. It's entirely feasible, to keep using the small ones for the small jobs and to keep the large ones on reserve for when you need them. Anything that comes in size Gargantuan is going to cost more and the fact that these are reusable would allow someone to, "Get their money's worth", out of it, repeatedly.

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 1:46 PM

    Hi Snype! You're absolutely right. Even though you COULD use handfuls of smaller wipes to try and get your whole body clean there's more to it than just simple addition. Being able to use two hands makes for a much more efficient and satisfying experience. Not to mention you can reach your back with these.

    Maybe it would help to think of it in reverse. Instead of drying off with one huge plush towel after taking a shower, imagine trying to dry off with a bunch of cheap-hotel-grade washcloths. Could you get the job done with the washcloths? Sure, but it would take longer, you wouldn't get quite as dry, and when all's said and done, you'd hope that you'd never have to do it again.

  • Sandra
    Sandra
    8/11/2016 1:28 PM

    No question that I need to try these out!! I love remote adventures....except for the lack of shower facilities. However, based on your long-use claims, a box of 10 might last me 3-4 years. I see that they are individually wrapped but would still wonder if they would store for that long without losing any moisture?

    Also, Mike: epic presentation of this epic product-- can you do all the promos with that flair in the future?? :)

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2016 1:40 PM

    Epic thanks, Sandra. I will do my absolute best.

  • Teresa
    Teresa
    8/11/2016 5:14 PM

    @Mike

    Perhaps those folks that are concerned about not needing to use them very often would consider splitting the cost with a friend or donating some to a shelter.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2016 5:20 PM

    Also a great thought, Teresa!

  • Martha
    Martha
    8/11/2016 1:29 PM

    Aeneas, you mentioned in your kickstarter campaign that you were in the process of testing the time it took for the wipes to decompose - what are the results?

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 2:12 PM

    Hi Martha! You are correct, we are getting our wipes formally tested for biodegradability and will post the results on our website when testing is complete. We are also in the process of getting EWG certified which also requires extensive testing. Since biodegradability testing isn't part of the EWG certification process, due to cost considerations (these tests aren't cheap!), we decided to run the EWG tests first and asked the biodegradability lab to delay testing until August. But rest assured that by the end of September biodegradability testing should be complete.

    Having said that, Epic Wipes are made out of 100% viscose which is essentially the fabric form of cellulose (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 as powdered cellulose, which is what most biodegradability experiments use as their control. In the experience of the scientists we spoke with, even under landfill conditions (low moisture/anaerobic) they have never seen viscose take longer than 45 days to biodegrade. If composted it would degrade much quicker than that.

  • Martha
    Martha
    8/11/2016 2:25 PM

    @Aeneas Yes, we know all about the cost of tests :). I'll go ahead and put the wipes in our compost pile and see how long it takes. I'll let you know the results.

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 2:41 PM

    @Martha

    Yes perfect! My Grandmother has already buried one in her garden haha. I'll have to call her to see how things are progressing :).

  • Lynn
    Lynn
    8/11/2016 7:11 PM

    When they come down in price, I'll consider. Right now: too pricey. Nice idea, tho. (any way to make them re-useable?)

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2016 7:36 PM

    Sounds good, Lynn. Aeneas mentioned a way to re-use them above and as Snype mentions, there is some epic value to be gained.

  • Melissa
    Melissa
    8/11/2016 10:52 PM

    Would they be for hair too....greasy?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2016 11:09 PM

    That's not their primary function, Melissa, but it shouldn't harm your hair.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Epic Wipes

Towel Sized Body Wipes

Really Big Wipes

Nothing short of epic—this extra large wipe is 16 times the size of standard ones.

Suited to clean epic humans, the inside of cars, or the entire family after a picnic, these towel sized wipes get rid of the stink and answer the age-old query “How do I clean my back with one wipe?”

But besides keeping your body clean, your
conscience will be clean, too. These big guys are biodegradable. Each wipe is made from bamboo and essential oils like eucalyptus, castor, chamomile, and calendula, which make it smell fresh while freshening you up.

And there’s an epic guy behind this invention. Dr. Aeneas Janze is a physician and war veteran who saw a need for a practical, eco-friendly alternative to showers while stationed in Afghanistan.

Not to be confused with non-epic wipes, you’ll just need one of these to get rid of epic stink after camping trips, picnics, or a workout.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas

    Hello Grommet fans! I'm Aeneas Janze, founder and CEO of Epic Wipes. After three years of obsessive attention to detail and dozens of iterations, I'm extremely proud to present a highly effective and highly portable solution to the "no shower" problem. Made from bamboo and formulated with only nontoxic ingredients, our wipes are safe for the Earth, safe for you, and so very different from anything you've ever tried before.

  • Portia
    Portia
    8/11/2016 10:33 AM

    Sounds like a great idea but, at $2.50 per towel, they're awfully pricey.

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 11:03 AM

    @Portia Hi Portia - thanks for the comment. Trust me when I tell you that our profit margins are no higher than any other wet wipe brands. Once you actually try our wipes out you'll understand what I mean. This is a premium product and we spared no expense with every single ingredient. These wipes are made from bamboo so are both sustainable and biodegradable. They're also nontoxic, thick and durable, towel sized, individually wrapped in recyclable packaging and pocket-sized. You could even throw these wipes in the wash if you wanted. My Grandmother used hers every day for four weeks and then buried it in her garden - now that's ecoconscious!

  • Dayle
    Dayle
    8/11/2016 11:42 AM

    @Aeneas Could you expand on the re-usability of the cloths. Did your grandmother wash them and remoisten them with something? If so, do you or could you sell the liquid that you use to moisten them separately to enable buyers to extend the use of the cloths and still maintain the cleaning benefits? I know well the strength of bamboo fabric, and can believe it is strong enough to use in the way described. Thanks

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 12:29 PM

    Hi Dayle and thanks for the great question. A wipe recharger kit is actually something we have in the works as well, though it likely won't be available until early 2017. My Grandmother just used soap and water to recharge hers. And yes the bamboo fabric stands up well to repeated washings, and feels like cotton against the skin.

  • Dayle
    Dayle
    8/11/2016 12:54 PM

    @Aeneas One more note. I think there might be a typo in the description box on the purchase page. It described the size of an open individual sheet as: Dimensions: Individually Packaged: 4.25" x 3" x 1"; Open: 2' x 6'; Box: 9.5" x 4.6" x 3.25"

    I think in the video you said it was 2' by 18". Which is correct? Thanks again. I plan to buy a box or two, and have at least one friend who I know can use this.

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 1:22 PM

    Hi Dayle - you're right it is incorrectly labeled. Fully opened our wipes measure 31.5" x 19.7". So over two and a half feet long and over one and a half feet wide.

  • Dave
    Dave
    8/11/2016 10:44 AM

    As a chaplain (CAPT) in the Guard, I can tell you that using the hand sized cleaning wipes in the field can be frustrating. Cleaning your face and arms aren't bad but your backside can be quite a challenge. I'm glad to see this product on the market as a lot of soiled soldiers will appreciate feeling clean in the field where there are no showers or you're not lucky enough to be in an AO where there is clean, running water (which is basically non existent in a desert environment). Campers and hikers should love these as well. Thanks for the invention.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2016 10:56 AM

    Thank you for your comment and your service, Dave. We greatly appreciate it!

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 11:16 AM

    Dave you nailed it on the head! That's exactly what these wipes are all about. Here's another thing you'll appreciate. I went through dozens of iterations until I finally found a formula that left NO WIPE RESIDUE! I know you know what I'm talking about, because anyone who's "showered" with regular wipes for an extended period has struggled with this. After a couple days you're not sure what's worse. The sweat and grime...or the layer of baby wipe chemicals that continues to accumulate on the skin. I've used these wipes for a week straight with zero wipe build-up.

  • Steve
    Steve
    8/11/2016 10:52 AM

    They are the size of 16 regular sized wet wipes, but the cost is 80 times the price of a standard wet wipe. No thank you.

    Steve Iversen

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2016 11:02 AM

    Hi Steve, I don't know what a single standard wet wipe costs, but I am confident that a towel-sized wipe made of bamboo, infused with essential oils, and won't harm the environment because it's biodegradable is 80 times better than a standard wet wipe.

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 11:10 AM

    @Steve Hi Steve. Ounce for ounce we're comparably priced with other wet wipes. A box of our 10 wipes weight 2.2 pounds! If you've ever tried to "shower" with regular wipes before you end up going through half a package trying to get clean and it just doesn't do the trick. You have to realize that these wipes have a special purpose. They're not designed for cleaning off post-chicken wing fingers. They will quite literally substitute for a shower. If you bike to work for example, one wipe will leave you feeling like you actually took a shower - and you can clean your back too!

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 11:11 AM

    And your bike when you're done :)

  • E.T.
    E.T.
    8/11/2016 10:56 AM

    Can you use them on pets?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2016 10:59 AM

    Hi E.T., there are essential oils in Epic Wipes which should be used sparingly on pets.

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 11:19 AM

    Mike is right. Eucalyptus Essential Oil should be avoided on cats but with the small amount in these wipes, they should be fine for most dogs. Having said that, our Epic Pet Wipe project is well under way! You're not the first one to ask about a pet version of our wipes, and we listen to our customers :)

  • Steve
    Steve
    8/11/2016 11:23 AM

    I don't mean any offense, but these are extremely expensive. You can buy a pack of 80 regular sized wipes for the price of one of these.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2016 11:36 AM

    Hi Steve, Aeneas and I both addressed this above.

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 12:21 PM

    Steve I agree with you 100% - these wipes are more expensive than your average wet wipe. Ounce for ounce however we're very competitively priced when compared to wipes that are as high quality as ours (and there are very few of those). If you do a search for "shower alternative" wipes you'll also find that many of them end up costing around 1 dollar per wipe yet we're at least 10 x larger than even 90% of shower alternative wipes. To my knowledge we are the only towel-sized AND pocketable shower alternative on the market today. So the question you have to ask yourself is this: Would you be willing to pay $5 to feel shower clean on your weekend camping trip? For me, the answer is absolutely!

  • Zack
    Zack – Grommet Team
    8/11/2016 2:50 PM

    In addition to being super-soft, Epic Wipes also smell phenomenal. Far better than the alcohol scent of individually packed small wipes or baby wipes that are designed to be used for changing diapers!

  • Karen
    Karen
    8/11/2016 11:51 AM

    I'm caring for an elderly mom with dementia. Showers are an ordeal, but with the hot weather are needed more often than usual. I think these wipes may be a blessing. Will keep you posted.

    Karen

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 12:42 PM

    Hi Karen! You're exactly right. As a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation doctor I knew from the beginning that these wipes would be useful far beyond just camping trips and lunch-hour workouts. These wipes are perfect for people with impaired mobility and the elderly. A few weeks ago I received a very nice email from an elderly woman who recently broke her hip. She was so grateful for having Epic Wipes, because now she didn't have to suffer the embarrassment of having her children help bathe her.

  • snype
    snype
    8/11/2016 1:50 PM

    @Aeneas These would be as much of a slam dunk for the Elder Care Industry as they would be for Sporting and Athletic Associations, endless potential collaborations with everything from AARP to Nascar to major sports.

  • Lucinda
    Lucinda
    8/11/2016 1:05 PM

    I think these sound like a great addition to a hurricane preparedness kit.

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 1:29 PM

    Hi Lucinda! You've actually hit on one of our most interested target demographics. We've been featured in three survivalist subscription boxes so far and are discussing placement options with two more. When water is scarce and you need to stay clean - Epic Wipes are the perfect solution.

  • Lucinda
    Lucinda
    8/11/2016 1:30 PM

    @Lucinda Any disaster or evacuation kit actually.

  • Diane
    Diane
    8/11/2016 1:11 PM

    I just have a question. What is the "life expectancy" of an individually wrapped Epic Wrap? I just wonder because many pre-packaged products dry out before they can be used. I am interested but may have need to use them maybe only once or twice per year. Given that, will the last 2 wipes still be moist 5 years down the road? Just sign me "ATV Gal"

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 1:34 PM

    Hi ATV Gal! That's a great question.

    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 and MAY add months to years onto their life but we've never formally tested this out.

  • snype
    snype
    8/11/2016 1:58 PM

    @Aeneas I am the kind of person who puts everything in zip lock bags, so if I was storing them long term, I'd just spritz water in the bag every once in a while and seal it back up. :-)

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2016 2:01 PM

    Snype, might I recommend a silicone baggie alternative to stashing your items? ;)

  • snype
    snype
    8/11/2016 2:40 PM

    @Mike :))

  • snype
    snype
    8/11/2016 1:27 PM

    Great idea. Some of the people talking about the price compared to standard wipes might just need time to mull it over. If someone is an avid wet wipe user, there are times when you wish you had something bigger. It's entirely feasible, to keep using the small ones for the small jobs and to keep the large ones on reserve for when you need them. Anything that comes in size Gargantuan is going to cost more and the fact that these are reusable would allow someone to, "Get their money's worth", out of it, repeatedly.

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 1:46 PM

    Hi Snype! You're absolutely right. Even though you COULD use handfuls of smaller wipes to try and get your whole body clean there's more to it than just simple addition. Being able to use two hands makes for a much more efficient and satisfying experience. Not to mention you can reach your back with these.

    Maybe it would help to think of it in reverse. Instead of drying off with one huge plush towel after taking a shower, imagine trying to dry off with a bunch of cheap-hotel-grade washcloths. Could you get the job done with the washcloths? Sure, but it would take longer, you wouldn't get quite as dry, and when all's said and done, you'd hope that you'd never have to do it again.

  • Sandra
    Sandra
    8/11/2016 1:28 PM

    No question that I need to try these out!! I love remote adventures....except for the lack of shower facilities. However, based on your long-use claims, a box of 10 might last me 3-4 years. I see that they are individually wrapped but would still wonder if they would store for that long without losing any moisture?

    Also, Mike: epic presentation of this epic product-- can you do all the promos with that flair in the future?? :)

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2016 1:40 PM

    Epic thanks, Sandra. I will do my absolute best.

  • Teresa
    Teresa
    8/11/2016 5:14 PM

    @Mike

    Perhaps those folks that are concerned about not needing to use them very often would consider splitting the cost with a friend or donating some to a shelter.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2016 5:20 PM

    Also a great thought, Teresa!

  • Martha
    Martha
    8/11/2016 1:29 PM

    Aeneas, you mentioned in your kickstarter campaign that you were in the process of testing the time it took for the wipes to decompose - what are the results?

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 2:12 PM

    Hi Martha! You are correct, we are getting our wipes formally tested for biodegradability and will post the results on our website when testing is complete. We are also in the process of getting EWG certified which also requires extensive testing. Since biodegradability testing isn't part of the EWG certification process, due to cost considerations (these tests aren't cheap!), we decided to run the EWG tests first and asked the biodegradability lab to delay testing until August. But rest assured that by the end of September biodegradability testing should be complete.

    Having said that, Epic Wipes are made out of 100% viscose which is essentially the fabric form of cellulose (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 as powdered cellulose, which is what most biodegradability experiments use as their control. In the experience of the scientists we spoke with, even under landfill conditions (low moisture/anaerobic) they have never seen viscose take longer than 45 days to biodegrade. If composted it would degrade much quicker than that.

  • Martha
    Martha
    8/11/2016 2:25 PM

    @Aeneas Yes, we know all about the cost of tests :). I'll go ahead and put the wipes in our compost pile and see how long it takes. I'll let you know the results.

  •  Aeneas
    Aeneas – Special Guest
    8/11/2016 2:41 PM

    @Martha

    Yes perfect! My Grandmother has already buried one in her garden haha. I'll have to call her to see how things are progressing :).

  • Lynn
    Lynn
    8/11/2016 7:11 PM

    When they come down in price, I'll consider. Right now: too pricey. Nice idea, tho. (any way to make them re-useable?)

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2016 7:36 PM

    Sounds good, Lynn. Aeneas mentioned a way to re-use them above and as Snype mentions, there is some epic value to be gained.

  • Melissa
    Melissa
    8/11/2016 10:52 PM

    Would they be for hair too....greasy?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2016 11:09 PM

    That's not their primary function, Melissa, but it shouldn't harm your hair.

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