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Are Toilet Wet Wipes Flushable? – We Answer Your Questions

We answer questions about flushable wipes and moist toilet tissue, including “are toilet wet wipes flushable?” and their manufacturing, use, and standards.

We understand that there is some confusion, amongst wet wipes suppliers and consumers, as to the viability and usability of flushable wipes (moist toilet tissue). There is a lot of debate around the product, and as leading wet wipes manufacturers, committed to a more sustainable future, we think it is important to answer some of the most commonly raised questions around flushable wet wipes.

 

 

  • How do I know if a wet wipe is truly flushable?

A truly flushable wet wipe should have passed international flushability standards. These vary from place to place, and a truly flushable wet wipe would need to pass these standards in the country or region where it is being sold and used. 

These standards include –

 

The IWSFG Flushability Standard test

The most updated EDANA/INDA flushability guidelines – this is perhaps the leading, globally recognized standard when it comes to flushability

Fine to flush – this is a UK based standard set by the UK Water Industry

 

If a wipe is manufactured in line with these standards, then it is truly flushable. Albaad is one of the few leading wet wipes manufacturers in the world whose flushable wet wipes pass all of these standards and regulations.

 

  • Can flushable wet wipes be disposed of in any toilet?

Flushable wet wipes can be flushed or disposed of according to the manufacturer’s guidelines on the packet. These instructions should always be followed. In some cases, you may need to check the age and operational health of the plumbing and its ability to handle flushable wipes.

 

  • Are flushable wipes biodegradable?

   Some are, yes. Albaad’s Hydrofine® technology is used to manufacture moist toilet tissue that is 100% biodegradable.


  • Can flushable wet wipes be customized?


Always! Moist toilet tissue can be customized as any wet wipe can – this includes its fabric, ingredients, fragrance, and packaging. Albaad has over 25 years of experience in customizing wet wipes for its global clients, and it applies this expertise to its customization and manufacturing of flushable wet wipes also. 


  • What are the benefits of flushable wet wipes?

Moist toilet tissue, or flushable wet wipes, are convenient for many reasons. The main reason is that they provide a hygienic solution for times when toilet paper may not be available. Also, those that are biodegradable are a sustainable solution that takes into account the future environmental sustainability of wet wipes. 

 

 

Got more questions about flushable wet wipes manufacturing, use, and standards? Contact us and we will be happy to answer them.

 

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Biodegradable Wet Wipes

Wet wipes manufacturing is advancing and improving all the time – not only to be able to provide a better quality product for suppliers and consumers but also to move in line with the times.

In recent years the long term sustainability of wet wipes has been called into question. But this is something leading wet wipe manufacturers have not shied away from answering or discussing. In fact, the discussion and the debate has spurred many of them to produce biodegradable wet wipes, some of which are also fully-flushable. 

Wet wipes manufacturers are, for the most part, committed to finding ways, methods and developing new technologies to ensure that their products not only continue to protect the health of those who use them, but also are developed in-line with a commitment to a more sustainable future for everyone. 

This includes, not only the development and production of new products, such as biodegradable wipes, but also involves a commitment to the entire product life cycle of their wet wipes. This means ingraining a commitment to sustainability in the entire production process, from the design to the product’s eventual end of life. 

It also means investing in R&D facilities which are continually developing new technologies and wet wipes manufacturing processes. 

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What is a biodegradable wet wipe?

A biodegradable wet wipe is one that will break down naturally once thrown away. This means it does not last for decades and it may not pose a pollution risk either in the short or long term. 

Albaad’s Hydrofine® technology is used in the manufacturing of its biodegradable flushable wet wipes. Its commitment to sustainability begins with the production of the raw materials used to make it – as it is produced without petro-sourcing fibers. As a fully-flushable product it is also CTP approved. 

Hydrofine® is Albaad’s latest innovation: a 100% dispersible moist toilet fabric, customized by its unique non-woven grade, appearance and quality. Albaad is currently the sole manufacturer offering a complete Moist Toilet Paper solution, including the fabric, liquid and packaging. 

What Makes Hydrofine® so unique as a biodegradable wet wipe material?

It is 100% Biodegradable (and thus is what it claims to be)

It displays superb dispersibility performance – compliance with INDA/EDANA flushability guidelines and other international standards, including Fine to Flush 

It is proven better than benchmark products – improved wet-strength, dispensing and usage, choosing a biodegradable wet wipe doesn’t have to mean sacrificing on durability or quality

It has a unique fabric appearance – 3D embossed customised patterns for ultimate comfort and durability

It is available in different formats: single packs, soft packs, vertical or horizontal tabs making it adaptable to consumers needs and uses, as any wet wipe can be customized and manufactured to specific specifications

Looking to learn more about biodegradable wet wipes manufacturing? Be in touch with us today.

 

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Moist Toilet Tissue

Moist toilet tissue is a viable alternative to toilet paper and unlike traditional wet wipes it is, when used according to its manufacturers directions (these can be found on the packet) completely flushable. It must also pass Flushability standards or meet Fine to Flush standards in the country in which it is being used. Each country and region has its own standards and a global wet wipes manufacturer will ensure its moist toilet tissue meets all of these standards to be a truly flushable wipe manufacturer. 

So why moist toilet tissue?

  1. It is truly flushable – if you opt for moist toilet tissue manufactured by a global leader such as Albaad, for example. Not only do their flushable wipes pass the main international standards on flushability, their electric-base sheet makes them fully biodegradable.
  2. Quality moist toilet tissue feels great and smooth on the skin of the user. It can be customized with any number of cleansing ingredients and fragrances for a great user experience. 
  3. It cleans efficiently, more so than toilet paper because it can be customized to meet specific consumer needs. 
  4. It is convenient and can be used anywhere – and is the perfect go to when toilet paper is not available. 
  5. It can be used for a wide range of purposes – from personal cleaning, to the cleaning of objects when out and about. If produced in single-packaging, it can be easy to carry around and keep with you anywhere, everywhere. 

Personalization

Moist toilet tissue can be customized and manufactured to meet the needs of a wide demographic and consumer base.

For adults – it can be infused with a wide range of conditioning agents for cleaning and optimum skin care. It can be personalized for sensitive skin, and for different parts of the body, to reflect the many different ways in which it can be used by a wide client base. 

For children – it can be manufactured with fun and fruity fragrances that make personal hygiene fun, easy and appealing even to the very youngest of children. It can also be produced with ingredients that respect the more sensitive skin of babies, toddlers and young children. 

For feminine hygiene – it can be modified to ensure the safe and effective cleaning of intimate areas without causing irritation, including fragrance free options. 

For menstruation – it can be produced with extra absorption properties to the cleaning of bodily fluids effectively.

With a ‘bidet’ effect – complete with additional cleansing ingredients and properties in order to provide a cleaner, more effective solution than traditional toilet paper.

Moist toilet tissue represents a large step forward in terms of wet wipes manufacturing. It represents the compromise between convenience, that people have come to expect and demand from wet wipes and how and where they use them, and sustainability – if manufactured and used in line with flushability standards, they won’t create fatbergs, and block water systems. In fact the opposite – they are a sustainable alternative in themselves.

 

 

 

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Putting Wet Wipes vs Toilet Paper to the Test

Wet Wipes vs Toilet Paper – the debate

There is plenty of healthy debate surrounding the wet wipes vs toilet paper debate. And while ultimately it comes down to personal preference we have decided to weigh in on the debate, but on the side of wet wipes. And here is why.

Wet Wipes – the pros

Available Anywhere

A packet of wet wipes in your bags means you are ready for any emergency. Toilet paper in a public bathroom is not always a given, but with a packet of wet wipes in your bag, you need never be caught out again. 

And this is the thing about wet wipes, they come in handy packaging – be it single use size, or a slightly bigger version for those who need more wipes at all times. They can be slipped into any bag, even a pocket – this isn’t something we recommend trying with a toilet roll. 

Multi-use

Wet wipes can be used for anything. Spills, dirty hands or just needing a quick refresh and sanitization after touching public surfaces. They are absorbable and often designed with antibacterial ingredients. They clean and sanitize. We are not so sure toilet paper possesses the same sort of powers. In fact we know it doesn’t. 

Flushable

So this is usually where the controversy lies in the whole wet wipes vs toilet paper debate – the flushability element. And yes, when it comes to flushing non-flushable wipes there are a host of problems associated with this that can cause a lot of damage. In that respect toilet paper is the better choice.

But when it comes to truly flushable wipes – like those using an advanced technology such as Hydrofine – pioneered by flushable wipes manufacturers, Albaad, the wipes win. Truly flushable wipes are completely biodegradable (and designed to be so) and they are able to pass through wastewater systems with ease. They don’t create blockages. A wipe that passes the international Flushability Standards, is just that, flushable. 

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Comfort and Hygiene

Ultimately however the whole wet wipes vs toilet paper debate rests on comfort and hygiene. People are looking for comfort – and wet wipes deliver that. Wet wipes can be completely customized to meet a consumer’s comfort needs, from their size and shape, to their ingredients and fragrance (if any). 

When it comes to putting hygiene first we think wet wipes win it again. They can be produced with antibacterial ingredients, or wholly natural ingredients that are known to have cleansing and disinfecting properties. 

But what wet wipes really deliver is that combination of comfort and hygiene. This is what makes them the ultimate solution. And while we appreciate the amount of time toilet paper has been around for, nothing beats the comfort and convenience of a wet wipe.

 

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Are Flushable Wipes Really Flushable?

Flushable wipes are flushable, if they meet international Flushability Standards. We know that wipes offer a level of comfort and hygiene and overall convenience that toilet paper just can not deliver. Flushable wipes take this level of convenience to a whole new level, and consumers love them because of this.

However we also know that wipes which claim to be flushable and are not, are causing huge problems for municipalities and councils the world over in terms of fatbergs and blockages of water systems and treatment plants.

This is why the standards set by the International Water Services Flushability Group (IWSFG) are so crucial for flushable wipes manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and consumers alike. 

Their updated standards demand the following  –

  1. They must meet environmental protection standards and not contain intentional plastic fibers
  2. They must be able to clean toilet and drain lines
  3. They disintegrate under pressure from hydraulic forces in sewer pipes
  4. They must pass settling requirements
  5. They are biodegradable

Only when these criteria are met, are wipes really flushable. Only when these standards are met can consumers truly trust the wipes they are using. 

Alongside the IWSFG standards are the EDANA/INDA flushability guidelines.

For these to be met they must must also meet the following criteria – 

  1. The wipes are able to fully clear water pipes and toilets 
  2. Passes through wastewater conveyance systems as well as wastewater treatment, reuse and operational systems without causing blockages, clogging or other operational obstacles
  3. The wipes can not be found in effluent or waste sludge leaving wastewater treatment plants and systems

The UK has their own Fine to Flush standards, or Water Industry Specification (WIS) 4-02-06. Wet wipes manufacturers can choose to have their wipes tested by WRc, who have their own set flushability standards in line with Water UK standards. Wet wipes manufacturers that pass this testing and meet the criteria will be able to display the ‘Fine to Flush’ symbol on their product. 

When it comes to choosing a flushable wipe manufacturer it makes sense to go with one that manufactures according to all of these standards. Albaad, for example, was the first company worldwide to have passed the IWSFG Flushability Standard Test with their moist toilet tissue paper. They also have certification that shows their flushable wipes are in line with EDANA/INDA flushability guidelines and that they meet the Fine to Flush criteria. 

How did they do this? They developed their Hydrofine technology in order to manufacture wipes that are truly flushable each and every time. Their innovative wipes are based on a strong and resistant electric-base sheet and are fully biodegradable at the same time. 

wet wipes vs toilet paper

When it comes to choosing a wet wipes manufacturer it is important to choose one whose wipes are truly flushable. This means choosing one that meets all of the available flushability standards in the global arena, meaning the wipes are approved in every market. 

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