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How to tell if a wet wipe is actually flushable


Check out the packet to decide if it’s fine to flush (Picture: Getty)

Wet wipes are a quick and easy way to get a good clean – but sadly, they’re not exactly environmentally friendly.

Unlike toilet paper, many wipes don’t break down quickly and you might have seen how flushing them down the loo cause huge fatbergs, blocking our sewer system.

While some are labelled as ‘flushable’ this simply means that they will go down the drain – not necessarily that they are safe to flush.

Thames Water, for example, clears about 75,000 blockages from its network of sewers each year, costing an average of £18m – and most of these are caused by wet wipes.

An investigation back in 2017 found that 90% of blockages are caused by wipes.

Confusingly, some companies label their wipes as flushable using a standard set by manufacturers, but water companies say that isn’t enough and these wipes still cause huge problems.

To ensure you are disposing of your wet wipes properly, you should look out for the industry body Water UK’s ‘fine to flush’ mark.

This means that the wipes have passed stringent tests and they will actually break down in the sewers.

Some wipes that have received the ‘fine to flush’ mark include Aldi Saxon Soft flushable toilet wipes, Andrex’s Washlet range, Natracare, Waitrose’s own label wipes.

But if the logo isn’t on the packet, the wipes haven’t been certified by the body and should be thrown in the bin instead so inspect each packet carefully before you throw them away.

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