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Flushable May Not Mean What You Think It Means

"Wipes" are ubiquitous. We use them to clean babies' bottoms, for household clean-up, and as ways to sanitize on the go. Some wipe packages proclaim that the wipes are flushable, but that doesn't mean that they break down the way toilet paper does. That's a problem, according to Rob Villee, executive director, Plainfield Area RSA, and others who have been studying this issue. Wastewater utilities spend untold amounts of time and money raking out, filtering, and removing supposedly flushable wipes from systems. The Dr. Oz Show recently did a segment on this significant public infrastructure problem. Dr. Oz himself has vowed to kick his wipe habit and go back to toilet paper. Dr. Oz segment Part 1/Dr. Oz segment Part 2.


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Books for Children:

The Truth About Poop, by Susan E. Goodman and Elwood H. Smith

The Truth About Poop and Pee: All the Facts on the Ins and Outs of Bodily Functions by Susan Goodman and Elwood Smith

The "Story of Stuff," slide presentation, NJ Department of Environmental Protection



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