Environment

Towelette Pollution

Masses of wet wipes accumulating along riverbanks are causing concern that the waste product is altering the ecology and shape of some of the world’s waterways.

The moist towelettes and baby wipes are made with polyester or polypropylene, and are not biodegradable.

British researchers recently found more than 5,000 of them along the River Thames in an area the size of half a tennis court.

“People get confused and don’t realize that you are not supposed to flush wet wipes down the toilet,” environmental advocate Kirsten Downer of Thames 21 told The Guardian.

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