Scientists Analyze ‘Flushable’ Wipes Composition

A group of researchers in the UK analyzed the materials in ‘Flushable’ Wet Wipes and came to an astonishing conclusion.

Hemda Garelick, professor of chemistry at Middlesex University, led her team of research scientists on an in-depth study of the materials used in wet wipes labeled as ‘flushable’. The team originally conducted the study to confirm that the components of the products were biodegradable, as advertised. For wipes to be truly flushable, they must contain only cellulose, a form of wood pulp that is biodegradable.

The result of the study came as a shock as the scientists uncovered polyester, high-density polyethylene and polyethylene/vinyl acetate (AKA plastic) in some of the wet wipes labeled as ‘flushable’.

What’s more: Not only does this microplastic fiber contribute to the detrimental sewage clogs in the world today, it’s also going full circle and ending up in oceans and then being consumed by us humans in the seafood we eat.

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