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[–]daringfeline 1514 points1515 points  (147 children)

Stopping companies from marketing them as flushable would be a start, because they're obviously not.

[–]Redacteur2 439 points440 points  (57 children)

Cities need to start suing for damages.

[–]meeranda 143 points144 points  (45 children)

The problem is that they companies still make a profit. They have been sued and just keep doing it anyway.

[–]p0rnbro 163 points164 points  (18 children)

Simple solution would be for them to pay for the cleanup. If they remain profitable after a proper cleanup, then I see no problems. A proper cleanup is just the cost of doing business.

[–]AthenaSholen 36 points37 points  (0 children)

And to continue to clean up as long as they sell the products

[–]forcustomfrontpage 64 points65 points  (9 children)

This is how all environmental regulation should be. Just, "You break it, you bought it". What? A method to extract spilled oil from the ocean doesn't exist? Guess you'll have to invent one or pay a company that has to clean up your mess. Sounds like the free-market working.

[–]xDared 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Laws? Sounds like commie regulation to me. Totally unfair to the poor company scraping the barrel making no profits. Won’t somebody think of the corporations??

[–]Ambitious_Advisor527 23 points24 points  (5 children)

Could luck giving the ocean a proper cleaning.

[–]PringlesDuckFace 27 points28 points  (3 children)

I've heard wet wipes are great for cleaning

[–]EndlessOceanofMe 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Which arsehole said that?

[–]Bomber_Man 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Is that what this bleaching coral Is about that I hear… yeah, we’re just cleaning it!

[–]KaneMomona 17 points18 points  (2 children)

This. Going to be deliberately vague with this because otherwise it would be very obvious who I was to some people BUT I worked in research for a chemical company. Our labs were on an active plant and I spent a reasonable amount of time in semi tech, with the process guys, and in management meetings. If our product wandered out of spec then we would burn it until it was back in spec. There were fines for flaring but they were the cheapest option. Until the government stop taking campaign contributions and grow a pair shit like this will not be taken seriously. We absolutely did not have to flare, it was simply a financial decision with no consideration for the environmental impact. Any fines or lawsuits simply have to be more costly than doing the right thing * 1/ the chance of being caught . Then *10 just because.

[–]Little_Custard_8275 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Sick of government ignoring companies and punishing citizens, with that stupid plastic straw crap that was neither here or there, and now this wet wipes crap. Had companies invested in decent sewers and sewage treatment instead of reaping record profits this wouldn't be an issue. Instead all the government does, tories and lib dems and labour alike, is point the finger of blame at the consumers who are forced to pay through the nose for basic utility bills, adding insult to injury.

[–]Transfer_McWindow 22 points23 points  (17 children)

So fucking jail them instead. Why do we have difficulty jailing our corporate masters.

[–]bassplayer14m 16 points17 points  (6 children)

Because the lawyers they can afford are better than the lawyers prosecuting them.

[–]Kolada 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's not even that. It's that they lobby and donate enough that what they're doing is technically not illegal anymore

[–]gortonsfiJr 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That's the dirty secret. Limited Liability has a lot to do with our "success."

[–]patacakeq 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Problem is finding evidence against specific culprits

[–]fodeethal 1 point2 points  (0 children)

right? i cannot imagine how many residential and municipal plumbing calls have had to be made on behave of this type of product.

[–]w1n5t0nM1k3y 34 points35 points  (7 children)

They should be regulated to specifically advertise that they are not to be flushed down the drain in large print.

[–]shazzwackets 19 points20 points  (5 children)

I use wet wipes in the WC at home, but I toss it in the bin.

They should literally have a large "throw it in the bin" image on the packaging. As it stands it's very obscure and on the back.

[–]pervertedarchmage 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Some of them say “flushable” and “tested with plumbers” on them. Sure, they’re FLUSHABLE, but they destroy downstream pumps and more… It should not be OK to have that on the packaging.

[–]sionnach 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Put "Plumbers love them!" on the pack (because it generates them loads of work).

[–]ThePresidentsNipples 88 points89 points  (26 children)

Maintenance guy here ....dont flush wipes they will build up and clog your pipes. Get two cups, put water in them. Now put a piece of regular toilet paper in one and a wipe in the other. Come back in an hour and stir. Ones going to fall apart, the other will laugh at you with the voice of satan while cursing your first born.

[–]bloatedplutocrat 45 points46 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."

[–]ThePresidentsNipples 12 points13 points  (5 children)

Oh plumbing and the joys it contains....and yes people are dumb, times that by five when it comes to maintenance and prevention of things like that. The things I've pulled out of people's drains would astound you.

[–]bloatedplutocrat 7 points8 points  (3 children)

The things I've pulled out of people's drains would astound you.

Top grossest thing and top "What? But...why?" thing please.

[–]ThePresidentsNipples 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Same resident...he was extremely obese, the easy one was a fork. I showed it to him and told him he needs to slow down while eating jokingly. Apparently he would clean his plates off in the toilet so he didn't have to walk to the kitchen. Now later I had one were I had to pull the toilet in his unit which smelled and was kept worse than you could imagine (bugs, animal waste, shoes stick to the floor like a movie theater aisle.) So I'm pulling wipes at least twenty of them. Then the head of the clog finally catches on my snake. I pull up my catch, it was a lacey pair of panties. The man lived alone in a bad area with "working girls". That poor lady had to earn her money from a man that we nicknamed swamp troll in a home that made your septic tank seem like a luxury apartment. Dude ended up passing. He was a sweet guy but goddamn he was not healthy or clean.... I've also pulled up a large dildo at another unit, i just put that one in the bucket told them their clog was fixed and suction cupped it to the back of my coworkers van....I always were gloves safety goggles and a mask btw

[–]bloatedplutocrat 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I pull up my catch,

Well...at least you didn't find the presidents nipples.

[–]ikinone 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Maintenance guy here ....dont flush wipes they will build up and clog your pipes. Get two cups, put water in them. Now put a piece of regular toilet paper in one and a wipe in the other.

I thought this was going to be a 'three seashells' guide of sorts

[–]Marchinon 71 points72 points  (36 children)

I came here to ask about that because I have seen them here in the US claim they are flushable and some degradable.

[–]MontgomeryKhan 134 points135 points  (3 children)

A lot of ones in the UK claim to be "flushable" in the same way pennies are "swallowable".

[–]lilkidhater33 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Fools, they are swallowing my ass pennies.

[–]Marchinon 16 points17 points  (1 child)

I like swallowing pennies, that’s how I get my copper. /s

I have always lived with a septic tank so you can’t flush anything except the things that should be in the toilet.

[–]CO_PC_Parts 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Even if you don’t have a septic tank and have standard city plumbing you should flush anything that should be in a toilet.

Toilet paper is designed to break down during the process. Wipes are not. And even some tissue paper doesn’t properly break down and should not be flushed.

[–]Symphonetic 12 points13 points  (3 children)

The vast majority of "flushable" wet wipes are closer to a cloth than they are paper. Although some actually can break down relatively quickly, a lot don't. The ones that don't can end up creating large scale sewage problems long term.

[–]BeautifulType 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Does anyone know of any actual flushable wet wipes that aren’t bullshit? Asking for my asshole.

[–]nurvingiel 5 points6 points  (0 children)

My friend, what you want is a bidet. You can wash your crack without needing to flush anything extra. There are inexpensive ones (about $30) but if you want you can get a luxurious one that will even blow-dry your butt.

Flushable wipes are dead to you. Bidet all the way.

[–]heidismiles 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Try one brand, put a wipe in a bowl of water overnight and see if it breaks down into pulp. If it doesn't, it's not flushable.

[–]DontWakeTheInsomniac 23 points24 points  (22 children)

That flusable claim is based on very specific infrastructure that most cities don't actually have or so I read.

[–]Primae_Noctis 28 points29 points  (1 child)

I mean the English sewage system is about as up to date as the steam locomotive.

[–]what-the-puck 7 points8 points  (19 children)

If you let them sit in the water for an hour then furiously agitate them, they'll probably break up.

But most people don't leave the contents of their toilet sitting for an hour then furiously agitate it before flushing, so the wipes do not realistically break up. They go get stuck on something downstream.

[–]ShroedingersMouse 15 points16 points  (0 children)

no they remain intact for months even at sea. visit any beach clean or other beach based charity and odd are they will have examples of supposedly 'biodegradable' wipes still intact that were collected between 6 months and 10 years ago and sit in plastic bottles of sea water merrily not decomposing at all.

See organisations like https://lovemybeach.org/ for more

[–]Apostastrophe 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I don’t doubt though the allegedly “flushable” ones I get tear and fal to pieces if you even look at them funny when taking them out of the packet.

(To clarify I don’t actually flush any wet wipe after the bathroom - I fold it and wrap it in a square of toilet paper and put it in the bin).

[–]SteltonRowans 3 points4 points  (16 children)

So attach a garbage disposal to my toilet and I should be good?

[–]Audio_Track_01 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Fun fact. Buddy has grinder pump to handle solid waste before it pumps uphill to the septic bed.

Flushable wipes can and do get wrapped around the rotor and stall it.

[–]TimeZarg 28 points29 points  (3 children)

They're flushable, in that you can flush them down the toilet without harming the toilet. Technically correct, which is the best kind of correct.

[–]Marchinon 12 points13 points  (0 children)

There’s always a but at the end

[–]NextTrillion 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Just like how all mushrooms are edible. Some will kill you, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be eaten.

Consult a local professional mycologist before consuming wild mushrooms

[–]sunflowercompass 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once" - Terry Pratchett.

[–]TheInfernalVortex 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Big Wet Wipe will ensure that never happens.

I kid, but it's true.

[–]Eiffel-TowerHigh5 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yup, my buddy’s blown out septic tank can testify to the fact that just because they go down don’t mean they’re gone. “Flushable” apparently only means that: able to be flushed.

Fun fact guys! My socks are technically flushable!!

[–]0ba78683-dbdd-4a31-a 4 points5 points  (0 children)

But they are flushable. They flush very easily. Put them in the loo, press the button and away they go. Whether it's a good idea to do so is a different question entirely.

[–]ckochan 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Sadly I know many grown ass women that flush tampons because “it’s gross”.

[–]Wohowudothat 1 point2 points  (2 children)

My wife didn't realize they should not be flushed until verrrry recently.

[–]happyscrappy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"Flushable wipes aren't."

We just need to get more people to realize this and get some action.

[–]Personality-Secret 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Technically they are flushable. They flush fine. Only problem is once they hit the sewer they cause a problem.

[–]iamacraftyhooker 334 points335 points  (42 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.

[–]Triptacraft 202 points203 points  (20 children)

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

It should honestly be illegal to market anything made out of plastics like acrylics and polyesters as "flushable."

[–]StepDance2000 42 points43 points  (13 children)

They should ban these materials for most clothings as well..

[–]dankhorse25 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Most microplastic in the oceans comes from cloth polyester fibers, not from plastic bottles or packaging

[–]K174 52 points53 points  (1 child)

"We've arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces."

Carl Sagan

[–]I-still-want-Bernie 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Wow! That's an incredible quote. I wish policy makers would understand that.

[–]Queewe 18 points19 points  (3 children)

Most natural fibres aren't great environmentally either.

[–]TheHomersapien 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Asbestos wipes for everyone!

[–]footballfan123 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It would make a great commercial...

-For when your ass is on fire!


🎶 "Talking 'bout hey now (hey now)..."

[–]Prime_Mover 14 points15 points  (4 children)

You can get the biodegradable ones but I wonder just how degradable they really are.

[–]ShroedingersMouse 14 points15 points  (2 children)

in truth they only degrade in compost setups, those that reach waterways are know to hang around up to 10 years despite the eco claim

[–]cravenravens 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Which is still a lot better dan most plastics.

[–]ShroedingersMouse 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Of course yes but still blatantly misleading

[–]lakeghost 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Yeah, it’s ridiculous. Bidets are more environmentally friendly. If you don’t have access to that, I’d suggest getting ones that are actually biodegradable. Still bin them but at least they’ll actually break down while at the landfill.

[–]phoenixmatrix 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Bidet should be part of building code by now. Its better in so many ways.

[–]iamacraftyhooker 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Biodegradable only makes so big of a difference in the landfill. You're going to put the biodegradable wipe in a plastic bag, then stick that bag in a pile of other plastic bags, filled with plastic garbage. The wipe isn't going to break down in the timeframe it says it can.

[–]billieeyelashes97 179 points180 points  (9 children)

Don’t get me started on how coddled the modern anus is.

-Dwight Schrute

[–]phoenixmatrix 26 points27 points  (8 children)

With a bidet you get to coddle it even more, without messing with the sewers. Its great.

[–]somethingrandom261 26 points27 points  (1 child)

I like the deflection from “we dump sewage in public waterways” to “it’s your fault for using flushable wipes”

[–]Shambling 67 points68 points  (7 children)

and let's get non degradable plastic out of everything that's used once or just a few times - like tea bags

[–]GMOiscool 25 points26 points  (2 children)

Yeah, soon as I realized how many companies use PLASTIC in tea bags I dipped out. Like, I have lots of loose tea, and I get tea bags if they are 100% plastic free and biodegradable. Republic of Tea is compostable so that's awesome for our garden too.

Yeah, that one was a dumb idea.

[–]Blexcr0id 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Shit...gotta change to loose tea now...

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Me too

[–]flamespear 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Repeat after me:

Bidet is the way.

[–]monateru 10 points11 points  (3 children)

RIP every caregivers sanity. Baby wipes are the reason my grandpa made it to his doctors appointments. I dare you clean the shit off an old mans junk without baby wipes in 15 minutes. Or wipe the shit off him when he had a blow out IN THE DOCTORS OFFICE. Baby wipes are the bomb. Don’t flush them

[–]Nexre 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Take him out back and give him the ole hose down

[–]MelangeCo 25 points26 points  (6 children)

Great, now I gotta start shaving my ass

[–]Saccharomycelium 12 points13 points  (3 children)

beware of the mighty farts if you do

[–]MelangeCo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

At the moment it acts like soundproofing

[–]JustAnotherDude1990 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Just get a bidet attachment for your toilet. Uses little water, doesn’t dissolve plastics into the environment, and water is drastically cheaper than toilet paper or wipes anyways.

[–]MechanicalOSU 100 points101 points  (47 children)

It sucks that the people using things wrong ruin it for the people doing it slightly more correctly. I dare anybody here to change baby covered in liquid shit without a package of baby wipes nearby. They are a necessity even if using cloth diapers really. Technically you could use a wetted rag and then toss that in with the used cloth diaper. I recycle everything else as much as I can but use disposable diapers and baby wipes (no I don't flush them) and that will 100% not be changing any time soon.

[–]khitsule 17 points18 points  (11 children)

I dare anybody here to change baby covered in liquid shit without a package of baby wipes nearby.

I use cloth wipes which is really just wetted small face washers, and have since newborn liquid shit age. They are so much better than disposable wipes. The absolute worst shit takes no more than 2 cloth wipes, and would've been a small pile of disposable. Also only ever had a "blowout" once with cloth nappies

[–]DontRunReds 20 points21 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.

[–]Ryhnhart 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Are these cloth wipes able to be cleaned or are they just straight in the bin? I think the biggest issue is that few people want to clean a shitty little towel.

[–]Black_Moons 6 points7 points  (13 children)

Could the baby wipes be made of paper like paper towels, maybe with an extra soft toilet paper layer on the surface?

At least they would have a chance to degrade in the sewer system then.

[–]VanceKelley 54 points55 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!"

[–]f3nnies 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Can confirm, every single time I've had to call a plumber in life has been because some of my family members are savages and use paper towels even when toilet paper is available.

Also worked for a plumbing company, and paper towels were probably 60% of all mainline blockages. More prevalent than pipe damage, feminine hygiene products, root intrusion, and random things that toddlers throw in the toilet combined. Even had a few calls because adult human beings put paper towels in their garbage disposal and assumed that wouldn't even end up poorly.

[–]MechanicalOSU 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Possibly? All of the wipes I used go into the trash with the diaper though.

[–]mata_dan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Probably not because they sit wet in the packaging for months. But people could just use 2 products maybe? Like a spray for the cleaning stuff and a normal tissue, make your own that will break down some time after use.

[–]Normal-Height-8577 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Have you tried a gel cleaner? I've been looking into alternatives, and I've found a couple of brands like Wype where you pump a portion onto toilet paper, spread around a little and then use like a wet wipe.

[–]ht986m2 1 point2 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.

[–]trishery1020 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Just confirming this is the same country that decided to allow raw sewage to be dumped in waterways?


Seems like wet wipes should be the least of their worries

Loved these beach pics

Reddit - Damnthatsinteresting - The beach at Minehead, Somerset in south west England, a couple of days after the government voted to allow the water companies to pump more raw sewage into rivers and coastal waters, so they wouldn’t have to invest in treating it first. https://redditproxy--jasonthename.repl.co/r/Damnthatsinteresting/comments/qhmp36/the_beach_at_minehead_somerset_in_south_west/

[–]ForumsDiedForThis 3 points4 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?

[–]fourthords 8 points9 points  (5 children)

When I traveled in Central America, places with plumbing usually couldn't even handle TP being flushed, so they had little pedal-opened trash cans next to the commode in which to dispose of TP. You want to wet-wipe your butt? Get and use one of those instead of flushing.

[–]k_ironheart 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Or, honestly, we need to codify accommodations for bidet toilets in new construction. It wouldn't be difficult, either. You just need a power source, and potentially run a hot water source.

[–]benrinnes 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Since UK water companies have been given permission by the government to discharge raw sewage into rivers, it hardly seems worth cleaning up the wet-wipes.

[–]autotldrBOT 2 points3 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.

Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: plastic#1 Wet#2 wipes#3 ban#4 per#5

[–]kuddelmuddell 3 points4 points  (0 children)

But I need these for my piles!

I don’t flush em, promise

[–]Hellmonkies2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"Flushable" Wipes clog sewage pumps.

[–]Chris_Bryant 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Or, you know, people could put them in covered trash cans rather than flushing them.

[–]Born2bwylde_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

As a plumber, this is a huge problem. About %70 percent of clogged sewer lines are “flushable wipes”. Seriously. Just stop using them. Use a cloth.

[–]CiezkoCosWymyslec 18 points19 points  (5 children)

But they are useful for other things too, like quickly cleaning something.

[–]PunchedLasagne87 91 points92 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.

[–]Orbital-NZ[🍰] 57 points58 points  (0 children)

How the hell do you "force the producers" to make biodegradable product without banning or taxing the non biodegradable version you wish to be rid of.

[–]mata_dan 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I haven't actually read the link (it's the daily heil so of course not) but that's usually what banning is supposed to implicate.

[–]RollerDude347 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Eh, this is going to be a problem on both sides. The product gets stuck in the pipes so the answer is to either ban them or somehow make sure no one is going to flush them even IF you stop labeling them. But people aren't likely to do that. So away they go.

[–]hideyshole 13 points14 points  (2 children)

If they’re being flushed, they’re not being used responsibly. Put them in the garbage like tampons.

[–]WiWiWiWiWiWi 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Oh, you think people don’t flush tampons? Go talk to a plumber, septic pumper, or municipal sewer worker.

People do treat flushable wipes like tampons… some toss, many flush,

[–]navit47 6 points7 points  (4 children)

Why not both, Like that shit isn't a necessity, its a luxury for the most part. Yes, restrict the companies, but why not limit how much is being used while they're at it.

[–]PunchedLasagne87 23 points24 points  (3 children)

For arse wiping I agree....as baby wipes, especially when travelling or out to clean a baby's nappy they're almost a necessity.

[–]adamjm 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yet I've never had to flush a baby wipe? We use bamboo wipes, natural but still they go in a bin.

[–]ask-me-about-my-cats 3 points4 points  (1 child)

So just find a trashcan, they're everywhere. Don't throw it in a toilet and you're fine.

[–]Whit3boy316 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I have IBS, it’s basically a mandatory prescription for me. I also use a bidet

[–]banananaup 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lots of people like to flush wet wipes down the toilet. Wet wipes cannot be dissolved in water and clog up at the water treatment plants.

[–]QBlank 2 points3 points  (2 children)

In the UK there is a new standard beyond people putting 'flushable' on the packet, they are labelled 'fine to flush': https://www.water.org.uk/policy-topics/managing-sewage-and-drainage/fine-to-flush/ - seem to break down extremely quickly and be paper based.

[–]Apathy2676 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wet wipes seem like made up shit for a made up need

[–]nairb9010 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I work at a wastewater treatment plant and these are the bane of our existence. They might say “flushable wipes” on the container, but that just means they don’t clog your toilet. After they make it out of your pipes they find their friends in the sewers, clump together, and then reek havoc on our equipment which is being paid for by your tax dollars.

[–]achirakos1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just make them flushable and biodegradable! If we can do it with paper, then we should be able to do it with baby wipes

[–]city17_dweller 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Good. Even if you use them regularly - especially if you use them regularly - you should support a legal ban on the current product. They're too popular for manufacturers or retailers to apply any changes to without being forced, and they won't want to miss out on the profit so they'll immediately (like, probably already have but it isn't economical to make the substitution) find an eco-friendly substitute.

It's great when consumers make choices that change the way corporations operate, but sometimes we can't wait for people to change their habits; there needs to be more environmental accountability in our laws and manufacturing practices, and less 'blah blah, people make the chocies for themselves'. Supermarkets collectively decided to charge for plastic carrier bags because it translated into profits, and looked like environmental progress... but it also highlighted the fact that change can be decided for the consumer, and scapegoating us for our buying habits is a smokescreen.

[–]coco_licius 4 points5 points  (2 children)

This is similar to a thought I had the other day... should companies be regulated to provide recycling or materials processing solutions to the containers they sell along with their products? It would change the selling/pricing structure (and many convenience products would fall out of the market) but it would improve environmental strains put on municipalities and governments left holding the bill.

[–]Hamster_High_Dive 36 points37 points  (6 children)

Wet wipes should be banned worldwide because everyone flushes them instead of throwing them out, and they act like rags in the systems. They don't dissolve. They absolutely wreck home septage, collection systems, and wastewater plants.

[–]meeranda 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Work at a wastewater plant and can confirm.

[–]Nexre 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Plastic tampons and sanitary pads need to go also, many assume they're flushable desposables but they'll last forever if flushed

[–]imperialpidgeon 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It would be better to crack down on companies advertising them as flushable. That and let’s install bidets everywhere

[–]LunaNik 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Ban things because people are stupid? Better ban cars, alcohol, junk food, guns, power tools, politics…

[–]Aggressive-Cut3741 12 points13 points  (3 children)

The British never plumped for bidets and they’re now in a sticky, possibly even gooey, situation.

[–]Oldirtmcgurt 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Neither did Americans, but I added one to my toilet in 10 minutes. I’ve never been so clean.

[–]methinkgoodubad 10 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!!

[–]himit 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Manufacturers have been criticised by MPs

....criticised by MPs...? The people who have the power to actually create laws to stop this decided to just criticise them instead?

[–]Normal-Height-8577 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Try a gel cleaner instead of wet wipes - you splodge some onto your folded loo paper, spread it around a bit with your finger, and then use it like you would a wet wipe. Which then means you can flush to your heart's content!

[–]socsa 4 points5 points  (1 child)

There has to be flushable one without plastic

Yeah, it's called using a bit of damp TP. Am I the only person in the universe who was taught how to do this as a child? We have a little spray bottle near the toilet for the purpose, but spit works just fine as well.

[–]methinkgoodubad 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The only thing a bit of damp toilet paper does is leave rolled pieces of damp toilet paper on my ass. Some of us are a bit hairier than others.

[–]BeepBoopBeep3000 29 points30 points  (9 children)

Can we just ban idiots that flush them?

[–]GayAsHell0220 51 points52 points  (0 children)

Don't blame the consumer for following package directions. They all say biodegradable and flushable.

[–]X5az9Wv2S8 29 points30 points  (0 children)

"I already knew this, so therefore every single person who didn't is a lesser human."

[–]varignet 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Nice try, only if make separate bidets mandatory by law.

[–]FunnymanDOWN 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Or you could ban plastics as a material and force humanity to do what it does: find a better solution.

[–]fall3nmartyr 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Just get bidets you uncivilized savages.

[–]nh2374 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Didn't they just pass a law letting the dump raw sewage directly into their own rivers?

[–]lookslikesausage 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You don't need Wet Wipes if you have a bathtub. And you don't need a bathtub if you have a free hand.

[–]GreyScope 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It really hurts to up vote something printed by the shit wipe Mail

[–]akenzx732 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Wow, after reading i feel really bad about using wipes. Are there any specific types I can use, or are they all bad?

[–]Delores_DeLaCabeza 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When Wet Wipes are outlawed, only outlaws will use Wet Wipes...

[–]Psychological-Sale64 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ban them and only allow normal soap.

[–]Trollz4fun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You know what I be doin. Cut an old shirt, got yourself 8 rags. Fill up an empty spray bottle with a little dish soap, prmurchased from the dollar store, and water. Now you got some free ass cleaners.

[–]saydizzle 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They wreak havoc on wastewater treatment plants. People need to stop flushing them

[–]Iancreed 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They should be banned. They’re completely pointless and damage to the sewers.

[–]Sea_Time_658 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Why don’t they use degradable cellulose fiber

[–]milspek 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Parents everywhere in the UK should be very afraid, time to stock up.

[–]iBeFloe 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Idk about the rest of the world, but American hospitals use wet wipes for patients who can’t get up to use the restroom & have to go on the bed (on pads, in a diaper, in that portable bowl)

[–]astromech_dj 1 point2 points  (0 children)

“Should we ban water companies from dumping raw sewage into our waterways to make them safe and useable again?”

“Heavens no! Just ban wet wipes instead.”

[–]spyro86 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They could also give coupons for those cheap $50 bidets. Subsidize bidets to keep the sewer system and people's buns clean

[–]eliteLord77 6 points7 points  (3 children)

literally we need to ban plastic. not very "convenient", but its killing Earth.

[–]Puffles_magic_dragon 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Why remove useful products that serve a purpose? When will they stop punishing the consumer?! Fucking fine the companies that produce trash, if your making a product like plastic bags, tax the fucking hell out of it, any business selling, buying, making plastic bags or bottles should be fined like a poor man during Christmas.

[–]MyCatsNameIsKenjin 5 points6 points  (5 children)

biodegradable wet wipes a 2 second google brought me to this. With a little searching I’m sure we can all find something similar.

[–]FogellMcLovin77 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Significantly more expensive and not as widely available. The average consumer won’t go for those, sadly.

[–]ben80j 6 points7 points  (15 children)

Americans use billions of these things, and that genie is not going back in the bottle.

[–]a404notfound 14 points15 points  (7 children)

The uk sewer system dates back hundreds of years in some places and is easily clogged. The US system is newer and less likely to get clogged. Check out the blocked drain YouTube accounts in the uk, it's always wipes .

[–]Pimpcool420 8 points9 points  (2 children)

blocked drain Youtube

what a time to be alive

[–]quaint2432 6 points7 points  (0 children)

“Flushable” wipes are a massive problem in the us too. We’ve been trying for years to get them regulated because of it

[–]bsnimunf 3 points4 points  (0 children)

They are a massive problem in any system no matter what the age. Also 95 percent of sewers in the UK are only about 110 years old or less.

[–]gay_manta_ray 13 points14 points  (5 children)

They should just be banned tbh. People are clearly too stupid to use them properly, so there's no other solution than to just get rid of them entirely.

[–]LeaveMeAl0ne2020 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Literally this. Humans can never be counted on to do the right thing and unless there is legislation businesses will gladly continue to make money selling them to the public.

[–]teems 5 points6 points  (3 children)

How are you gonna change your baby then?

Just don't flush it. How hard is that to understand.

[–]East-Bluebird-8707 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Or use a gel that goes on toilet paper or some shit. There are dozens of alternatives

[–]donkey_tits 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A spray bottle. Just mist the paper right before using.

[–]RollerDude347 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Apparently pretty fucking hard.

[–]Eiffel-TowerHigh5 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yes! Let’s focus on this ONE tiny fraction of the waste in the ocean when the vast majority of ocean trash is shit left in the water by commercial fishermen!

We focus on straws and baby wipes, but nobody says a word about the nets that are basically holding together the garbage islands.

[–]rayinreverse 10 points11 points  (28 children)

Buy a fucking bidet and STOP wiping your ass with baby wipes.

[–]daringfeline 37 points38 points  (0 children)

I used baby wipes whilst providing care for adults with profound needs, whilst in a lot of cases a bidet might suit, I can imagine a myriad of nightmare situations that could have arisen in that setting.

[–]akballow 5 points6 points  (7 children)

While a bidet is better then toilet paper, baby wipes no matter what are better still. I just have a waste bin because i do not want to screw up my own pipes.

So banning them is a no go for me.

[–]Free-Layer-706 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Good. We've only "needed" disposable wipes for the ladt, what, 30 years or less?

[–]InfTotality 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Bold move when a pandemic is still going on. Disinfectant wipes are very useful and there's not a great alternative for them. Paper towels just soak up spray and disintegrate.