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Parents 'Fuming' After UK Government Announces Plans To Ban Wet Wipes

Parents 'Fuming' After UK Government Announces Plans To Ban Wet Wipes

In a bid to drastically cut down on plastic pollution here in the UK, the government announced its plans to 'eliminate' wet wipes, but plenty of parents aren't happy.

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Wet wipes - which includes the make-up and baby kind too - are set to be banned as part of a 25-year environment plan, which pledges to drastically cut down on single use plastic.

Most of the beauty and baby 'essentials' are made out of polyester which is slow to degrade, and they have been classed as a 'major hazard' to the environment by The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Campaigners have also said that a giant clump of wet wipes has changed the shape of the River Thames, with 5,000 wipes gathering by Hammersmith Bridge. The products also clog up sewers, and can damage marine life.

Credit: Pixabay
Credit: Pixabay

But while the plans have been praised across the country, plenty of parents have been left 'fuming' with the changes, and have even called for environmentally friendly alternative to be created before they are banned completely.

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Other parents have instead blamed those who flush wipes, instead of disposing with them in bins. Despite some products being labelled as 'flushable', they still contain polyester plastics.

"Try dealing with kids and a disabled brother who had half his intestine cut out without wet wipes. and no, we don't flush them," hit out one Twitter user.

While somebody else exclaimed: "Bad times! I say we ban the stupid people who flush the wet wipes and let us smart people who know how to use a bin keep them!"

"I fully appreciate that it is idiotic for people to flush wet wipes down the loo. But shouldn't we also expect water companies to remove non bio-degradable materials, as part of the sewerage treatment process?" questioned a third.

And a final echoed: "I think you'll find that its the sub humans who flush them down toilets when its clearly (and largely) marked not too. Why punish everyone who uses wet wipes which are a godsend not just to families with children but those with dementia, the disabled or those without clean water?"

The government hopes that plans to eliminate wet wipes will encourage manufacturers to create plastic-free products, and prompt them to correctly inform buyers of how to correctly dispose of them.

Featured Image Credit: Pixabay

Topics: News, government, Hair and Beauty, This Morning, Real, Parenting

Rachel Andrews

Rachel Andrews is an NCTJ trained Journalist at PRETTY52. She specialises in Fashion and Beauty Journalism, and has experience at a range of online and print publications and joined the team in 2017. Contact her - rachel.andrews@pretty52.com

 

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