Consumer advocacy group Choice and the water industry have raised concerns following a Federal Court ruling last week which found in favour of Kimberly-Clark’s “flushable wipes” in a legal action brought by the ACCC.
Justice Gleeson found insufficient evidence that Kleenex Cottonelle wipes were primarily responsible for significant blockages and therefore unsuitable for flushing down the toilet.
But what does “flushable” really mean? Does it mean you can physically flush it down a toilet? Or that it will break down without major issue in the sewerage system, as with toilet paper?
The wipes in question comply with an existing industry standard for “flushability”, although this standard was developed by INDA and EDANA, two global trade associations representing wipes manufacturers.
The GD4 system contains test methods and strict pass/fail criteria to determine if a wipe can be marketed as “flushable” including a disintegration/dispersion test.
Today, we’re asking if you think the definition of “flushable” should be revised when it comes to wipes?