The new proposal to ban wet wipes in the UK have divided opinion amongst parents.

 

On Monday, Michael Gove announced plans to outlaw wet wipes, in a bid to reduce the amount of plastic being used by UK households.

 

However, some parents expressed their anger at the move, branding the product as a necessity when raising children.

 

 

A number of reports have documented the devastating effects of plastic waste on the planet. 

 

Plastic is responsible for wreaking havoc with clogging sewers and have detrimental effects on marine life, which ultimately leads to their death.

 

 

Nevertheless, many parents took to Twitter to voice their disapproval of the ban, while others have questioned why one would ever flush a wet wipe.

 

“Never thought I could be this angry over them wanting to ban wet wipes in the UK,” one person wrote on Twitter. “Saying they’re gonna turn to ‘tissues’. “Mate, have you tried wiping a baby’s bum with a tissue?”

 

 

Others were quick to point out that not all parents flush wet wipes down the toilet and those who do, should be held responsible. Therefore a blanket ban would be unfair. 

 

“Ban the fools that flush them!” one person wrote.

 

Another added: “Can’t believe people are stupid enough to flush them down the toilet.

 

 

Several Twitter users were confused about why some parents were upset at the proposal and welcomed the move in the fight against plastic waste.

 

 

Weighing in on the discussion, people highlighted the importance wet wipes potentially play for those with disabilities.

 

“There are disabled people that need easier hygiene products though. I have friends that need these,” a user remarked. 

 

“If they are not flushed, and made of biodegradable ingredients, isn’t that different? Abled people rarely think of these considerations I notice.”

 

In a statement, a spokeswoman for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the organisation is working with manufacturers and retailers of wet wipes to ensure the labelling clearly states how to dispose of them correctly.

 

What do you think of the wiping-out wet wipes?

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