Wet wipes, baby wipes, cleaning wipes, make up wipes, toilet wipes - they are all so handy!
We use them around our house to clean surfaces, to wipe sticky faces and hands and keep babies bottoms clean and fresh – but did you know that not all wet wipes break down or dissolve like toilet paper when flushed, even if they are labelled as flushable?
So, what happens when we flush wipes?
Once flushed, they get stuck in our drains and sewers, causing unwanted blockages and sometimes sewer flooding in your home or garden. Along with sanitary products, nappies (yes nappies!), wet wipes and other household waste such as cooking fat collects together and causes blockages.
Eventually it forms into hard boulders under our streets known as fatbergs. These fatbergs cause problems for entire neighbourhoods and communities until they are removed and sent to landfill - which is not good for the environment.
If you do like to use wet wipes, look out for the “fine to flush” symbol on the packaging. These have passed testing, confirming that they do not contain plastic and classing them as moist toilet tissues that will break down in the sewer system.