Wet wipes 'are causing an ecological disaster' and giant fatbergs: Disposables that do not break down in water littering the British coastline and blocking up sewers 

Mail Online | 6/15/2016 | Colin Fernandez for the Daily Mail
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Whether they’re being used to remove make-up, clean the baby or make the bath spick and span, it seems that disposable wipes are everywhere.

Their convenience for all sorts of jobs and the fact they can be simply tossed down the loo means their popularity has soared and the market for them is now worth £500million in the UK alone.

But wet wipes are causing an ecological disaster, green campaigners warn. A survey of Britain’s beaches showed that there were nearly 4,000 littering the UK coastline – around 80 per mile.

The wipes – which contain synthetic fibres that do not break down in water – are blocking up sewers as they combine with fats poured down the sink to create ‘fatbergs’.

Other plastic items that wrongly get flushed away – such as cotton buds – compound the problem. These blockages can lead to untreated sewage ending up in rivers and seas – or backing up into our homes.

Many wipes – even those labelled ‘flushable’ or biodegradable – fail to meet the water industry standard, experts said.

Part of their popularity can be attributed to the fact that they remove a step during the cleaning process,...
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