Wipes such as moist toilet wipes, baby wipes and personal care wipes are a growing category. They meet the consumer’s need for personal hygiene, convenience and a clean and healthy environment. Flushable wipes are a great example. But how do you know, as a retailer, if the flushable claim made by the manufacturer is substantiated? How can you continue to perform your role as good stewards of the environment and supporters of the local community?
Our Flushability Guidelines and Code of Practice can help. Since 2008, we have published Guidelines for Assessing the Flushability of Disposable Nonwoven Products. Now in its third edition, these voluntary Guidelines are used by companies in the nonwoven industry to test products to assess flushability. If the product does not pass all tests, then a Flushable claim cannot be made and our “Do Not Flush” logo should be placed on the packaging.
We encourage you to ask your suppliers “Do you use the INDA/EDANA Flushability Guidelines to assess flushability?” and “Have you adopted the accompanying Code of Practice and follow the labeling guidelines for products that should not be flushed?”
If the answers are yes, then as a retailer, you have confidence in knowing the wipe is indeed flushable and will not harm the wastewater stream or the environment.
Feel free to download the Guidelines, Code of Practice and other materials to share with your suppliers.
If you need any other information, or want more information about joining this on-going effort, feel free to contact Jim Loftus, Director of Education and Technical Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 3rd Edition Flushability Guidelines – Executive Summary
- 3rd Edition Flushability Guidelines– Complete
- Code of Practice (includes labeling guidelines)
- From Toilet to Wastewater Treatment Infographic
- Do Not Flush symbol and Tidyman symbol (.png, .eps, .psd, .jpg, and .tif files – See Code of Practice for labeling requirements)