Have you ever thought about what you flush down the toilet?
Apart from the obvious gross stuff, a lot of people also flush things like period products and wet wipes down the loo. This might not seem like a big deal, but it actually has a really big impact on our environment and wildlife.
Most wet wipes, tampons and pads contain plastic and are a major cause of sewer blockages. They can also end up in the sea, which pollutes the water and can seriously harm wildlife.
Remember to only flush the 3 P’s! Pee, Poo and Paper!
It’s important to never flush anything but the 3 P’s down the loo and you can help protect our environment even more by choosing sustainable alternatives.
Fine to flush
Despite what it says, most wet wipes labelled ‘flushable’ are not safe to flush down the toilet. The new ‘Fine To Flush’ label means they will break down, which is better, but the best thing you can do is to put them in the bin!
Even better, look for reusable make up removal pads that can last for years!
There are lots of products out there mean you can protect the oceans, environment and animals every month!
Eco-Friendly pads and tampons
As you know, nothing should be flushed down the loo but the 3 P’s! So if you use single use period products, look out for pads and tampons that don’t contain plastic and do less harm to the environment.
For example, companies like TOTM, offer 100% biodegradeable, plastic and chemical-free products that can be delivered to your door every month.
Menstrual cups are a great way to help the planet! Made from medical-grade silicone, they can last for ten years. In a lifetime, a woman will use 11,000 period products and spend around £1,200 – imagine how much you could save by choosing a menstrual cup!
Made from material that can be washed and reused every month, these are a great and cheap alternative to single use period products.
Period pants are similar to reusable pads but they are absorbent knickers that do away with the need for pads and tampons but can absorb just as much!
What happens to what you flush?
Wet wipes, period products and other unflushable items can cause blockages in sewers when they combine with yucky things like fats, oils and greases to form FATBERGS! We use 11 billion wet wipes every year in the UK, many of which end up in our sewage system. If they go to landfill, it takes 100 years to biodegrade.
11 BILLION wet wipes are used in the UK each year
Most wet wipes and period products are made from plastic. When we flush them down the toilet, not only can they cause blockages, but they also contribute to ocean plastic pollution, which has a devastating effect on our seas and wildlife.
Plastic waste kills up to a million sea birds and 100,000 sea mammals, turtles and fish every year. It then remains in the ecosystem for hundreds of years and can even end up in our drinking water
Bad for your body
Many conventional pads and tampons contain rayon (tiny scratchy fibres), which can irritate the skin, and lots of toxic chemicals, which can be absorbed by the body.
You can help to save our oceans and wildlife by taking these three easy steps!
- Never flush wet wipes, period products or anything else down the loo, unless it’s one of the 3 P’s – Pee, Poo and Paper!
- Always dispose of these unflushable items in a bin. It’s so easy and has a big impact.
- Look out for sustainable products that don’t contain plastic, such as reusable make up wipes, biodegradable pads and tampons or menstrual cups.