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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

UK Government To 'Eliminate' Wet Wipes

Parents have expressed outrage after the government said it planned to "eliminate" wet wipes in the UK within 25 years.

A statement for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said wet wipes would be among the "avoidable plastic waste" it aimed to banish as part of its environmental plan.

But despite the detrimental effects of the product in clogging up sewers and can killing marine life when flushed down the toilet, a number of parents insisted it was a necessity for those with children.

“Never thought I could be this angry over them wanting to ban wet wipes in the UK,” one person wrote on Twitter. “Saying they’re gonna turn to ‘tissues’ [sic].

“Mate, have you tried wiping a baby’s bum with a tissue?”

“As a parent I can tell you that is a god awful idea,” an individual wrote on Facebook.  “Wet wipes are literally god’s gift to the world they work on everything.”

Several people pointed out that not all parents flush wet wipes down the toilet and that any ban on them could be deemed unfair.

“Ban the fools that flush them!” one person wrote, while another commented: “Can’t believe people are stupid enough to flush them down the toilet.

“Responsibility lies within the consumer too!!” “There are disabled people that need easier hygiene products though. I have friends that need these,” on Twitter user said.

“If they are not flushed, and made of biodegradable ingredients, isn’t that different? Abled people rarely think of these considerations I notice.”

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