Wet wipes could be Banned in bid to clean up UK waterways and stop toxic tide of plastic waste


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[–]bloatedplutocrat 45 points46 points47 points  (7 children)

I had my pipes back up one day (turns out some roots broke into the pipe leading to the main) and the plumber asked me if were flushing wet wipes or if my wife was flushing hygiene products down the toilet.

"No, people aren't that stupid are they?"

"Yes and it's great job security."

[–]iamacraftyhooker 335 points336 points337 points  (40 children)

This isn't just about idiots flushing them, they are not biodegradable so they are also more garbage for a stupid reason.

Flushable wipes are a fabric and usually made with acrylics and polyesters. They should be made with natural fibers.

When people flush them, not only do they clog the waste system, but they release microplastics into the water system.

[–]DontRunReds 18 points19 points20 points  (1 child)

They are so much better than disposable wipes

Maybe, if you're a stay-at-home-parent with your own washer and dryer.

There are also working parents who live in apartment complexes with an offsite laundromat while being dependent on public transit. I would venture to guess on the whole those lower-income parents are also more eco-friendly as they consume fewer resources than some middle class to upper income "greenie" who extolls the virtues of reusable products while living in a 2200 square foot home and with a sedan & SUV.

[–]VanceKelley 56 points57 points58 points  (1 child)

paper towels

Do not flush paper towels. They are not designed to be flushed like toilet paper. Toiler paper is designed to decompose rapidly when wet, paper towels are not.

A friend of mine who flushed paper towels eventually clogged his home's sewage pipe to the point where it had to be dug up and replaced. The guy who dug it up remarked "There sure are a lot of paper towels in here!"

[–]ht986m2 2 points3 points4 points  (1 child)

I recently tried Wype. Not a fan at all. It really clings to the TP, so it is very difficult to get an even spread of the gel on the TP. In addition, it absolutely annihilates cheaper TP - so that rules it out for camping and public bathrooms.

Finally, if you are a man it leaves your backside with a very strange sticky feeling.

I’m sticking to disposable wipes which I then put in a bin. Going to find a portable bidet for camping trips next year.

[–]ForumsDiedForThis 4 points5 points6 points  (1 child)

ITT: 20 year old Redditors who don't realise the point of these products is for wiping up a babies liquid shit when parents are out and about and don't have the luxury of cleaning their child with wet clothes, etc.

As a parent these products are almost a necessity.

Do people seriously flush these things? How the fuck is it not common knowledge to NOT do that? I've known that since I was like 10. WTF?

[–]autotldrBOT 3 points4 points5 points  (0 children)

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 70%. (I'm a bot)

Wet wipes blamed for bringing a toxic tide of plastic waste to Britain could soon be banned under government plans to clean up our rivers and seas.

More than 90 per cent of the 11billion wet wipes used in the UK each year contain plastic, according to MPs.This week, the Government will announce a call for evidence as to whether plastic wet wipes should face an outright ban with manufacturers forced to replace them with sustainable alternatives.

She said the problem was growing, with the Marine Conservation Society reportedly seeing an increase from 1.7 wet wipes per average 100 metres of beach to 18 wet wipes from 2005 to 2020.She added: 'When these plastics enter our local marine environment and water systems in such large volumes the damage is absolutely devastating.

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[–]PunchedLasagne87 91 points92 points93 points  (20 children)

Maybe, instead of banning them, and causing issues for millions of people that use them responsibility....force the producers to make them in a biodegradable way.

Stop banning shit, and start forcing companies.

Sick of it always being the people at the bottom that lose something to a ban, or see an increase in tax or price. Start forcing the changes upwards please.

[–]methinkgoodubad 9 points10 points11 points  (8 children)

Not the wet wipes!!!! ban everything else but leave the wet wipes. Baby wipes are life savers and I dont even have a baby. There has to be flushable one without plastic, I am sure of it. Well, I am sure some products label them that way. I like to think thats true and I am not being lied to again.

Wet wipes are believed to be responsible for 93 per cent of the blockages in sewers, costing bill payers £100million per year to clear. Manufacturers have been criticised by MPs for wrongly labelling their products as flushable. The Marine Conservation Society has called for wet wipes to carry a 'fine to flush' label only if manufacturers can prove they fully break down.

Son of a bitch, I have been lied to yet again!!

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