Plastic to avoid in everyday items [Visual]

Flushed items like wet wipes, cotton buds and dental floss can take more than 500 years to biodegrade in the ocean

  • New 2019 research shows that UK residents are flushing more condoms, tampons, cotton buds and wet wipes than in 2018
  • According to MCSUK, 8.5% of items flushed will end up on the UK’s beaches
  • UKDN creates quiz so that people can find out how long it would take for the items they flush to biodegrade in the ocean

According to Ocean Conservancy, approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic goes into the ocean every single year, and 8.5% of that comes from the items we flush down the toilet.

In 2018 wastewater and drainage company – UDKN Waterflow (LG) – conducted a survey to see exactly how often the items found in sewers, and those washed up on the UK’s beaches, are flushed.

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