The Times reports that wet wipes are such a big source of plastic pollution in rivers that they are to be targeted for “elimination” by the UK government.
Millions of the wipes are flushed down UK sewers every week because consumers think they are made of degradable tissue paper. Most, however, are made from polyester, a plastic that takes years to degrade — and then releases millions of tiny fibres into the environment. Read more…
Watch what happens to “flushable” wet wipe when you blend it. Hint: almost nothing. Watch video..
Wet wipes—yes, even the ones that say “flushable,” condoms, feminine products, paper towels (and all the other stuff) that you flush down your toilet enters our sewer system and mixes with the grease that you have poured down your sink. This mix of personal hygiene products and grease can create “fatbergs” in our sewers.
Global Committee of Water Experts Releases Flushability Guidelines
We welcome the release of new international guidelines for what can be flushed down the toilet. We support efforts in Australia to develop an Australian standard for flushable products. You should only flush the three P’s: pee, poo & paper.
The growth in the number of wipes and related products labeled “flushable” over the past 15 years has been a multi-million dollar headache for water utilities around the globe.
CNN reports: Flush carefully. Study suggests coronavirus could spread in spray from toilet
Here’s a good reason to put the lid down before you flush: a new computer modeling study shows how a flushing toilet can send a cloud of little particles containing fecal matter into the air — fecal matter that could carry coronavirus.