Water Talkers

Flushability

by
Chloe Booker
Chloe Booker | Mar 31, 2015 | in Loo Litter Concepts

Lots of things are flushed away every day that end up causing big problems for the water system and the environment. But how do you know what you can flush and what you can’t? Get involved with our major new campaign to get manufacturers to honestly label their products with two simple graphics – flushable or non-flushable. 

edited on Mar 31, 2015 by Chloe Booker

Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

Absolutely on board with this... I have been so annoyed by Andrex - their washlets clearly say that they are flushable... but I have also read its impossible to make a flushable wipe and why it's impossible.

Until Andrex or other such manufacturers change their labels, I feel its essential to stick with honest manufacturers.. this campaign is really necessary and I'm totally with you.

Companies should be honest, or face litigation.

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

I wonder if we should also consider petitions?

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anita lewis Mar 31, 2015

This campaign will be great if it does tackle the toilet wipe issue.p. people do want to use them but need to know how to dispose of them -ie not flush them away!

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

So.. not just graphics on what to flush and what not to flush... but also graphic on what to do with items that should not be flushed.

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Katie Walsh Mar 31, 2015

Does anyone else think this might water down  (no pun intended)  the 'only pee, poo and paper' message?   Once that is clearly got across you can work out that all else is not allowed.  Water companies will have to be brave, and when John Humphries or Evan Davies says what about so called flushable wipes?, the interviewee will have to say sorry, only pee poo and paper.

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anita lewis Apr 1, 2015

Hmmm.just been rethinking this one and was wondering which items you would label as so many things get wrongly flushed.i agree katiew that it probably is best just to stick to the 3p message instead but maybe there could still be a campaign to tackle the specific issue of toilet wipes and their marketing.

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2015

Trouble is i have been guilty. I have read flushable on the side of wipes and thought it must be true... I have thought tampons were flushable. I think that bathroom items that could potentially be put down toilets need to show that they are non-flushable. 

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2015

How about a symbol showing of a Red Cross through a toilet with the words around it "Remember - Only Paper, Pee and Poo"

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mark burns Apr 1, 2015

paper, pee and poo very catchy, i think a sticker on the inside of a lid to state this, but would it make people listen, i doubt it, theres too much ignorance in some people to even be bothered !!

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George Richardson Apr 3, 2015

We know conclusively by now nothing but i and 2 and toilet paper are flushable. I hate legislating against most things ,but multi nationals lying to it's paymasters and causing massive damage to infrastructure,well i would allow prosecution for reparation to be allowed and forcefully enforced. The only labelling they should be allowed by law is the truth Non of these products are flushable and should be binned.                                                                   Unless they come up with a paper wipe proven to break up quickly if flushed.

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

whilst being a part of this communuity I have read an article on why it's impossible to make a wipe that is truly flushable. Because the wipe by its nature has to be moist... It means the wipe has to have a structure to accept the moisture without it breaking up. one day they may solve this problem... But in the meantime we can't believe messages from toilet paper companies who claim their wipes are flushable.

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

So we do need to encourage honesty from the manufacturers.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

Absolutely. honesty is required from them and so many others . There very existence depends on our patronage.  So in the end if we choose to use it we could make the world a better place.   In May some Big Names will find this to be true.

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Mary O'Connor Apr 4, 2015

This is a good idea. However, it relies on people being bothered to look at a label on something to see if they can actually flush it down the loo.

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

yes that is true... Though smokers are forced to see the labels about how smoking kills... Labels can be made obvious if necessary.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

EXACTLY my point--- Thanks ast.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

All these products should have at least one full side covered by the warning,and in a colour the experts know will be impossible for the female sex to ignore.

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

Why not the male sex too? I'm sure that there are some men who use wipes!

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Mary O'Connor Apr 5, 2015

Yes, there would be no excuse if the label was obvious enough. I can't see anyone typing in Google if something is safe to flush down the loo lol

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George Richardson Apr 5, 2015

Bang on there Hammy.

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George Richardson Apr 5, 2015

Point taken aster1x i was just referring to sanitary products instead of the whole range of miscreants which was rather silly ignoring half the problem,and yes men use wipes but manufacturers aim for the largest market.

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

Do gents public toilets have bins in them? They should!

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George Richardson Apr 5, 2015

Use very rarely so not sure,but public services,schools hospitals town halls social services all do,

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Peter Hutchison Apr 8, 2015

This is good - there are so many disposable products around these days and it's genuinely unclear as to what is OK to flush and isn't. Let's be honest, how many people have thought through why a product is flushable anyway???? Down the pipe, out of mind. 

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Kate Humpho Apr 8, 2015

how can you label everything that is non-flushable? I think it should be fairly obvious that these things shouldn't be flushed.  My concern is that "Non flushable" as a phrase is meaningless if you know the toilet flush will take it away and dispose of it for you. 

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Janet Bradley Apr 9, 2015

In Tesco yesterday, their wet wipes are described as flushable wipes... When they should not be... Seems it is not always obvious.

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Kate Humpho Apr 9, 2015

My point is that if something is not pee, poo or paper, it's non-flushable! manufacturers are making things more confusing by mislabelling, so I prefer the other campaign ideas, rather than asking manufacturers to do the right thing, which they don't often do! we should all be reminded of the PPP rules, much like the way the recycling message has permeated us all!

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Eirlys Evans Apr 9, 2015

The only way to get the guilty companies to do the right thing, such as Tesco marking wipes as flushable, is to boycott the  offending product and supermarket. Money talks and it is our money that goes into their tills. The offending firms should be given warnings about their labelling of wet wipes, as well as other items, then if they don't  rectify it, withdraw our custom and more importantly our money.

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S B Apr 9, 2015

This is a good idea. There is no info like this at the moment. In Australia they write warnings on products like baby wipes that they should not be flushed down the loo.

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Eirlys Evans Apr 9, 2015

Hi arequipa

I agree, if they can put that they are flushable, then they could change the message to state non-flushable. All hygienic products could have a picture of a toilet with a big red cross drawing attention to no flushing of them.

 

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Juliette Apr 9, 2015

I agree with many of the above comments - for a message to be clear and effective it must be simple. As soon as there is potential for doubt or confusion people with continue to chuck stuff down the toilet in the hope that it's ok, or they will continue to wrongly assume that certain items are ok.Toilet paper only has to be the message. 

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Janet Bradley Apr 10, 2015

Simple bold statements are often the key -- something memorable, so 2 weeks later or 2 years later... we all remember the Green Cross Code from school.... its got to be that memorable.

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Eirlys Evans Apr 10, 2015

Hi

How about "Paper, pee and poo, alone go down the loo!"

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George Richardson Apr 10, 2015

Alliterative, simple and straightforward/ Well done.

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