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Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Flushable liners - Not-so flushable?

Big thank you to a Milton Mom who linked me to a discussion about what wipes and “flushable” liners do to our water system.
It’s known that regular wipes shouldn’t be flushed, although I’m sure most of us are guilty of flushing the odd one. But who would have thought that many of the products advertised as flushable shouldn’t actually be flushed?
The test I read about is that if it can not easily rip, it shouldn’t be composted either! If it can be ripped apart like toilet paper, it is OK for either flushing or composting.
Products like baby wipes and even those “flushable” toddler wipes can cause serious problems not only on your plumbing end, but at the treatment facilities also.
Since starting cloth we have been using more cloth wipes (actually just cheaper face cloths that have been designated to be bum wipes), they just go in the laundry with the diapers, easy, cheap and better for the environment! Yay!
As for the liners, I am still affected by the ick factor of poop. Other than to keep your diapers a little cleaner, I’m not sure about the purpose of using reusable liners. I really do like being able to dispose of most of the mess so easily.
I’m still re-organizing my change area to be cloth friendly, I have bigger storage for the diapers, a new shelf to hold everything out of T’s reach and the cloth wipes nice and easy to grab. I have been using a Diaper Champ for my disposables and I haven’t quite figured out how I’m going to deal with waste collection. I would love to hear any tips that work for you!

1 comment:

  1. I wanted to update that I checked out my Apple Cheeks liners and they seem to be fairly easy to rip, I hope they are OK to flush because 2 hours after I posted I had to flush a liner, there was no way I was keeping that mess in here! Yuck!