Green Products: Action Wipes

Got sweat, dirt, or grime? Whether your passion is yoga, Crossfit, or playing in the great outdoors (biking, hiking, camping, etc.), you’ll want to stash a pack of these in your bag or backpack.

Action Wipes ($24.99/pack of 30) are natural, oversized body wipes that are spot on for a quick cleanup, freshen up, or “shower” on the go. An avid cyclist, runner, and mom, founder Martha Van Inwegen was charged to develop a natural formula of plant-derived ingredients that would clean and refresh—in a way that was safe for people and the planet. She hit upon a roundup of essential oils that was naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal and Action Wipes were born.

As a result, these handy wipes contain no harsh chemicals, drying detergents, carcinogens, alcohol, or synthetic ingredients. In addition, Action Wipes’ formulation laboratory is ECOCERT, USDA National Organic Program (NOP) and Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) Certified. The company also says that its wipes are also easily repurposed.

I recently put these wipes to the test during a four-day camping and biking trip with my husband and four-year-old daughter. We used them to wipe up after unpacking camp, after long bike rides, and after a day of preschooler biking and snacking around the campground. I loved the ample size of this wipe; most other wipes require two or three wipes to get the job done that just one Action Wipe tackled. I also liked the fresh smell of the plant-based essential oil ingredients.

This wipe cleans effectively, freshening up both adults and kids after a long, active day. Action Wipes also worked surprisingly well to swab off stains from clothing. With a price that tips into the range of almost $1 per wipe, you’ll want to use these sparingly (and repurpose where you can). Still, we’ll be packing these wipes for all of our camping trips this summer.

 Action Wipes Ingredient List

  • Water
  • Leuconostoc/Sorbus aucuparia fruit ferment filtrat (preservative derived from the berries of the Rowan shrub)
  • Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate (coconut oil derived emollient, surfactant and preservative)
  • Capryl Glucoside (sugarcane derived surfactant)
  • Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Oil
  • Eucalyptus Radiata (Eucalyptus) Oil
  • Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil
  • Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil

Action Wipes 30 sheet pack

Erinn Morgan


After a 10-year career as an award-winning New York City-based editor launching and redesigning urban, style-driven magazines, Erinn Morgan left downtown Manhattan after September 11th, 2001, in search of a less encumbered, freelance lifestyle. A two-year-long trek around the country eventually landed her in Durango, Colo., which she now calls home.

Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Bike, Skiing, Delicious Living, American Cowboy, and on

Erinn is also the author of the eco-focused book, Picture Yourself Going Green, Step-by-Step Instruction for Living a Budget-Conscious, Earth-Friendly Lifestyle in Eight Weeks or Less.

She was previously the editor-in-chief of 20/20 magazine, a special projects editor at Playboy (overseeing the launch of a new, custom magazine), and the founding editor/editor-in-chief of SoHo Style, a much-lauded, avant-garde magazine that covered the culture and style of downtown New York and its reach around the world.

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