Flush me? #FlushMeNot!

Friends of the Earth Canada, represented by Ecojustice, filed an application seeking an investigation by the Competition Bureau into false and misleading claims made by the manufacturers of 23 so-called flushable wipes and other single-use products.

We’re asking the Competition Bureau to investigate and levy fines for false and misleading advertising in the amount of $230 million. While they’re convenient, using these single-use products made of plastics and/or synthetic materials has grave environmental consequences in addition to real costs to municipal taxpayers. Concerned and informed Canadians can make a difference by refusing to buy and flush these products.

About “flushable” wipes:

  • Single-use “flushable” wipes are a source of serious expense for managers of municipal water works and taxpayers, because they clog pumps, screens, filters and pumps.
  • “Flushable” wipes add at least $250 million dollars in additional repairs and maintenance each year to municipal sewer systems in Canada.
  • “Flushable” wipes lead to putrid sewage clogs and can form the core of fatbergs, large masses of solid waste consisting of congealed fat and personal care products that block pipes and cause flooding.
  • Single-use “flushable” wipes can end up in sewage waste converted to biosolids thereby contributing plastic and synthetic fibers to agricultural lands
  • Read our list of the “Top Ten Damages From Flushable Wipes Across Canada”

 

Canadians can make their voice heard by signing Friends of the Earth’s Petition: