Many people have been led to believe that a flushable wipe is flushable because they are safe for our septic tanks, they won’t clog our toilets, or they easily disperse in water like toilet tissue. But unfortunately that’s not the truth.
The term “flushable” has been around since the 1980’s. Scott Paper was one of the first to market a standard latex bonded airlaid wet wipe and deem them as “flushable” because of their small size. These wipes were considered “flushable” as long as the size was small enough to transit through the toilet and waste water system. Sure the product was “flushable” but it had no flushability. Many companies after Scotts’ continued to use the same flushable wipe claims due to the size standard that was in place. Until recently there were no industry guidelines nor any governmental regulations or restrictions for flushable wipe products. This was due to the lack of clarity on defining the word flushability or what was considered “flushable.” Many felt unclear; not knowing when flushing was considered an appropriate disposal mechanism. The situation caused many consumers, manufacturers, and stake-holders confusion. As a result, companies used their own definitions and methods to determine what constituted their product as a flushable wipe.
It wasn’t until these “sizably” flushable wipes started to clog the municipal sewage system that there became a need for regulation and the requirement for having a flushable wipe that was dispersible was born! Swipes Lovin Wipes is the eco-friendly answer to a flushable wipe!
A truly flushable wipe should easily disintegrate when flushed. A Consumerreport.org video demonstrated what happens to a “flushable” wipe when it’s put through a disintegration test to simulate the process of flushing. The report revealed regular tissue easily disintegrating within 8 seconds but the “flushable” wipe doesn’t even begin to break up after 30 minutes. This alone is enough to cause problems for your plumbing and septic system. A truly flushable wipe is more like toilet tissue; it’s dispersible and will easily break-up, leaving your sewer and septic systems safe from clogging.
So if you’re looking for a better quality flushable wipe, that is safe for you and your septic tank, Swipes Lovin Wipes is the way to go!