‘Flushable’ wet wipes
Don’t believe the wipe
The problem with wet wipes
Most people think wet wipes are safe to flush down the loo. You may have read the packaging and believed the sneaky manufacturer’s claim that they’re flushable. Don’t be fooled – they’re not! They’re mainly made of plastic, so they don’t break down like loo paper.
Research carried out on behalf of water companies showed that most wipes failed to break down in conditions simulating the UK’s drainage system. Instead, they clog together in ‘fatbergs’ that cost the UK £100m each year to clear up. That’s just gross on so many levels.
The true impact of flushing wet wipes
WHAT CAN I DO?
- If you still want to use disposable wet wipes, opt for ones with the Fine to Flush This is a trusted certification that has been created by the water industry, your flushing experts. Right now, the only certified wipes are Natracare’s moist toilet tissue, and Andrex’s Washlets.
- Give reusable wipes a go! Check out these ones by Cheeky Wipes.
- Only flush the 3P’s – poo, (toilet) paper and pee. And for the love of our oceans, put a bin in your bathroom for everything else!