The Importance of Responsible Flushing

At Paperless Kitchen, we offer a number of unpaper towels that are disposable. After reading an article in the Chicago Tribune about a problem affecting the Tinley Park neighborhood of Chicago, I wanted to do a quick blog post to discuss the best ways to dispose of these products after use.


The article discusses how flushable wipes and feminine care products are wreaking havoc on the sewage systems in the Chicago neighborhood and about the problems that can arise when these items are disposed of in toilets. A representative of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies was interviewed for the piece and explained that the problem is common throughout the United States. Even though these flushable items are biodegradable, many do not break down rapidly enough after flushing and end up clogging sewage systems.


When you ditch paper towels and use one of our paper towel alternatives instead, make sure that you don't toss them in the toilet, even if you've used them for cleaning. Like flushable products, our paper towel replacements are biodegradable, but they could clog up your own plumbing or the public sewage system. Instead of flushing, you can use them for composting, collect them with other waste to drop off at a composting facility or simply throw them away, as they will break down quickly in landfills.


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