What the Flush! [Infographics]

UKDN Waterflow has conducted new research with startling results. Every day Brits are flushing medicines, illegal drugs and plastics in tampon applicators and wet wipes. This comes at a huge cost to our environment. Record numbers of wet wipes were recently found on the shores of the Thames, and of course, the Whitechapel fatberg has been all over the news!

At least one in four people in the UK pour cooking oil down the drain and almost half of people pour sauces, whilst one in five allow their drains to fill with hair and almost 15% of women flush at least one of the following: tampons, applicators and wrappers. Incredibly, 94% of the population asserted they were actually confident with what they should and shouldn’t put down their pipes. Clearly, this isn’t the case!


What the Flush! [Infographics] | ecogreenlove

Over 90% of us are confident with our flushing habits, but do we follow through on what we know?

What the Flush! [Infographics] | ecogreenlove

FOGs – fats, oils and greases – solidify in pipes, causing blockages. Yet many of us continue to pour them away on a daily basis!

What the Flush! [Infographics] | ecogreenlove

Fatbergs sure are disgusting, but plenty of us would either not care or actually be amused if one was found on our street.

What the Flush! [Infographics] | ecogreenlove

Flushing medicines and drugs has harmful consequences for our environment.

Meanwhile the damage caused by cigarette butts to the environment has been consistently documented. Yet almost 4% flush cigarette remains down the loo, unconcerned by the toxins that might leech out as a result.

What the Flush! [Infographics] | ecogreenlove

Infographics by UKDN Waterflow

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<p style="text-align: center;">Infographics by <a href="https://ukdnwaterflow.co.uk/what-the-flush-research/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">UKDN Waterflow</a></p>

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It’s up to everyone to take responsibility for their own flushing habits. It’s our duty to educate ourselves and make the correct decisions whether to bin or flush our waste products

On the News:
💚 «…They also encouraged people to be careful with what they flushed down the toilet, saying “cotton buds are the worst offenders”» The Guardian | 09.10.18

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5 thoughts on “What the Flush! [Infographics]

  1. Shocking, but not surprising. To many people, it’s out of sight, out of mind. You only have to look at our roadsides to see how little people are bothered. But it’s not us who’ll reap the ‘rewards’, but our grandchildren.
    And flushing a living creature down the loo is just beyond the pale.

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