HYGE Wet Wipes on a Roll? April 14, 2019 11:51
Are wet wipes on a roll going to make it?
We recently came across a product called HYGE that is apparently the "first-ever flushable wet wipes on a roll."
Unlike Etiquette's role in revolutionizing bathroom personal care with its organic-based toilet paper moistener spray, Fanny Clean 😉, HYGE claims it is the "first-ever biodegradable wet wipe on a roll."
Sorry, but we believe this new bathroom personal care wet wipe product will run into the same problem that wet wipes in plastic containers have. Namely, not being truly "flushable." Sure, it will disappear when the toilet is flushed, but it is what happens after that where the problem lies.
Also, is it a coincidence that the product is called HYGE? Conspiracy theorists point out that if the "E" in HYGE is pronounced like a "short A," it sounds eerily like HYBA which is the Quilted Northern toilet paper moistener product we wrote about here.
Or perhaps HYGE is short for the word "hygiene" when misspelled as HYGEine?
Alright, maybe it's not a conspiracy, but just sayin' 🙂
Will HYGE wet wipes on a roll really be flushable?
As with conventional wet wipes in plastic containers, the challenge faced by products such as this is that the wipe's cloth-like material has to be strong enough so it does not biodegrade and break apart in the water solution they are packaged in on store shelves while also being able to break apart after being placed in water and flushed.
HYGE claims to have "a modern design that fits seamlessly on existing toilet paper holders" and it "delivers a superior clean to its inferior toilet paper counterpart and is better for the environment."
Well, we certainly agree that a "wet" (actually moist) wipe is more hygienic than dry toilet paper, but what if some dry toilet paper is desired prior to using a wet wipe toilet paper?
Do HYGE users need to have a wet roll and a dry roll on hand? Time to call a carpenter to have a second toilet paper holder installed in the bathroom?
Many people have already discovered the improved hygiene of toilet paper spray and the use of wet wipes in general is on the rise, but not all wipes are created equal.
Many wipes marketed as flushable, simply are not. We have posted about how New York City deals with wet wipes and what happens after one flushes the toilet in New York.
Just because something can be flushed away does not mean it is flushable, right?
Flushing wipes can cause countless problems for homeowners and city sewer systems; not to mention the potential environmental issues. We have written about the problems with wet wipes.
Another potentially false claim regarding wipes is that they are "safe and natural," but some contain ingredients that can cause irritation.
Etiquette's Fanny Clean has been formulated by a lab that is USDA National Organic Program certified and special care was taken to avoid possible irritation-producing ingredients; For example, many fragrances that are added to cosmetic products can act as skin irritants.
The maker of HYGE is planning to launch wet wipes on a roll to the consumer market in late 2019.
Toilet Paper Spray on ‘Shark Tank’ | Wet Wipe Alternative February 3, 2019 20:05
So, did you see the founders of a wet wipe alternative on Shark Tank? The product is a toilet paper spray moistener in the same category as Etiquette’s Fanny Clean. It is called Pristine.
Like Fanny Clean, the product is a toilet paper spray designed to revolutionize the way people wipe their Fannies for truly flushable bathroom hygiene.
I am sure our readers are well-aware that dry toilet paper just doesn’t get the job done. Fanny Clean is sprayed directly onto toilet paper for a more thorough butt- cleansing and don’t forget about skin care down there.
Evidently one of the owner’s of the brand , Brandon was using the old-fashioned wet wipes and began to develop skin irritation that was ostensibly from the chemicals in the wet wipes. He then began using the sink to wet toilet paper to wipe his bottom and realized there has got to be a better way…we agree.
Despite not having a background in cosmetic hygiene, the Pristine website reads, “They created and tested hundreds of different formulas, literally mixing batches in their kitchens with hair nets, beakers, and boiling pots of water. After months of R&D and testing, they developed a spray formula that is effective enough for a grown man’s rear-end and gentle enough for a baby. Pristine is now proudly manufactured in the United States.”
In the kitchen?...Fanny Clean was formulated by a professional cosmetic formulator with experience in skin hygiene in a lab that is USDA National Organic Program certified.
Nevertheless, we believe they are doing a good thing. Fanny Clean and other toilet paper sprays are a great alternative to conventional bathroom wet wipes which often don’t disintegrate or break apart after they are flushed.
There are endless accounts of the havoc caused by these products. If you want to see some of them, check out Etiquette’s Google+ Page.
Of course, wet wipe manufacturers argue that their wipes are being unfairly criticized, but consumers are filing multiple class-action lawsuits against them for the damage done to plumbing by their so-called ‘flushable’ wipes.
And many cities are filing lawsuits alleging false labeling.
The founders of the toilet paper moistener spray were asking for $50,000 to buy an automatic, no-touch sprayer to be placed on a diaper changing table to automatically spray the cleansing solution for use on babies.
One of Etiquette’s early toilet paper moistener products to replace those nasty pipe-clogging wet wipes involved a dispenser that was meant to be attached to the wall near the toilet. All one had to do was dab the toilet paper at the top of the dispensing cap and one’s TP would become moistened.
The product was too difficult to scale so we had to let it go. Nevertheless we are always thinking about how to bring it back better than before so people can have the convenience of a single-handed toilet paper moistener dispenser right by their toilet.
Quilted Northern must have seen our dispenser because they came out with one after we did. We have posted about the Hyba Dispenser in the past – Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery ;-)
The interest generated in toilet paper sprays by the Shark Tank episode caused a surge in sales of Fanny Clean. There was so much interest in our organic based toilet paper moistener to use as a wet wipe alternative and for skin care down there, we sold out and are busy re-stocking.
Thanks to all our great customers who know the benefit of Fanny Clean toilet paper spray.
Squatty Potty joins Etiquette with wet wipe alternative June 24, 2018 20:24
Our customers know the best way to wipe away poo is with the Etiquette wet wipe alternative, Fanny Clean.
Fanny Clean contains organic aloe gel along with other organic ingredients, Vitamins A, C and E as well as witch hazel.
The Squatty Potty wet wipe alternative is a foam product. Our tests have not shown good results with foam as it spreads out to the side of the toilet paper when wiping-pressure is applied and, therefore, less is available where it is needed.
Fanny Clean, the Etiquette wet wipe alternative, is manufactured by a USDA Certified lab in the USA. Our formulation stays put after you apply it to your toilet paper. This not only ensures your clean and fresh after a trip to the bathroom, but it also supports good skin care down there.
Like Etiquette's Fanny Clean toilet paper moistener with organic aloe gel, the Squatty Potty wet wipe alternative toilet paper foam replaces the need for traditional wet wipes that are causing problems as many brands of so-called "flushable wipes" do not break apart after being flushed.
Squatty Potty is not the first company to join Etiquette in the world of wet wipe alternatives. We have posted about Hyba, a product developed by Georgia-Pacific which is the company that makes Quilted Northern toilet paper.
The product is called, Hyba and is a wall dispenser that is placed in the vicinity of one's toilet paper to conveniently, single-handedly moisten toilet paper for a fresh and clean moist wipe... aaahhhh, I can feel it now 😊
Below you can see the image of Etiquette's toilet paper moistener dispenser marketed in 2015 and Hyba which went on the market in in 2017:
Unfortunately, as our blog post on Hyba explains, Etiquette had to discontinue our wall dispenser that was a convenient toilet paper moistener.
No plumbing & environmental problems with Etiquette wet wipe alternative
Sewer authorities across the country see the results of wet wipe problems first hand and they say that many so-called flushable wipes don't break apart as advertised, and as a result wet wipes are damaging the machinery at the sewer plants and costing taxpayers bookoo bucks for the repairs.
The problem with wet wipes is not isolated to the U.S. , at the time of this writing, the UK is considering banning wet wipes. We have tweeted about the environmental effects of wet wipes on London's River Thames and on the beaches of Ireland.
We have also previously posted about the Washington DC wet wipe law that requires the proper labeling of flushable wet wipes. Etiquette has a vast amount of curated content on wet wipe problems at our Google + Page.
So, head on over to the website and pick up some Fanny Clean, You will be glad you did. And while you're there, check out Spray de Toilette, a great before-you-sit bathroom deodorizer. Get your bathroom Survival Kit - a bottle of Fanny Clean and a bottle of Spray de Toilette.
Here's a customer review of Fanny Clean...check it out
Organic Wet Wipe Alternative in Washington D.C. | Fanny Clean February 11, 2018 11:46
Here at Etiquette we have posted about the problems wet wipes cause homeowners, wastewater treatment plants and the environment as well as what the U.S. capital city is doing about it. No worries, you can buy an organic wet wipe alternative in Washington D.C.
Washington D.C. has instituted a new "wet wipe law" limiting the sale of bathroom wet wipes to those wipes that can pass a "flush test." The law is called the Nonwoven Disposable Products Act of 2016; it forbids wipes from being labeled as "flushable" unless there is competent and reliable scientific evidence proving the wipe will break apart after being flushed, and is therefore truly flushable, and not "flushable" simply because it goes out of sight out of mind after one flushes it away down the toilet drain. Bathroom wet wipes that do not meet this standard must be labeled, "Do Not Flush."
Some claim the definition of "competent and reliable scientific evidence" needs to be elaborated upon and clarified in order for the law to be properly followed.
Wet wipe manufacturer, Kimberly-Clarke has filed a lawsuit contending that the law is unconstitutional for a host of reasons, including its failure to set clear standards for avoiding penalties.
The lawsuit brings up other Constitutional concerns - particularly involving the Commerce Clause --, but don't worry, we will not discuss them here. 😊
You can buy a great organic wet wipe alternative in Washington DC
We just want to make Washington D.C. residents aware that you can still use good bathroom hygiene and personal care without pipe-clogging wipes with Etiquette's great organic wet wipe alternative toilet paper moistener, Fanny Clean.
Fanny Clean is an effective organic based toilet paper moistener that not only provides for moist bathroom personal care, but also for better skin care down there.
Fanny Clean comes in a convenient 2 fl. oz. spray bottle that is great at home and conveniently portable when traveling around the city.
Buy an organic wet wipe alternative in Washington D.C. and do not let the D.C. wet wipe law keep you from achieving the level of bathroom hygiene and personal care that keeps you fresh and clean!
Panda Poo Toilet Paper? January 2, 2018 20:13
Check it out - The 22 lbs. of fiber-rich poo and the 110 lbs. of food waste from bamboo husks they spit out every day is being made into toilet paper. Yes, you heard that right, panda poo toilet paper and panda poo tissue paper!
Specifically, it is the fiber that is being harvested from the poo and the husks that are used to make panda poo toilet paper.
Panda bears spit out the covering of the bamboo, known as the husk - about 110 lbs. per day - then eat the bamboo shoots within the husk to get the fructose sugar out of the bamboo. As a result, as much as 22 lbs. of panda poop is "released" every day.
Bamboo has been used as a source for making paper before, but not like this. 😊
Normally, the bamboo fiber is separated from the interior of the bamboo by a machine. With this approach, the pandas' digestive system becomes the "machinery" separating out the bamboo fiber for making panda poo toilet paper.
The people behind this process involves a joint venture between The Qianwei Fengsheng Paper Company (Fengsheng) and the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (the Center) in Sichuan province, China.
The Center provides free panda droppings and leftover food - mainly bamboo - to Fengsheng papermaking company to make toilet paper and other paper products.
Fengsheng collects the feces from three panda locations in Sichuan a couple of times a week. The Center is home to 270 pandas. In the past, after keepers cleared all the droppings and uneaten bamboo, the Center would hire workers to take the material away.
After the waste is boiled, pasteurized and turned into paper, the panda poo toilet paper is tested for bacteria before going on sale.
The goods, soon to be released on the Chinese market, will be marketed as part of a "panda poo" product line decorated with a picture of the bamboo-eating, black-and-white bear. The cost of this luxurious tissue paper is not cheap, boxes of panda poo toilet paper and tissues will be sold at about $6.5 a box.
This is not the first time the Chinese have tried to find a use for Panda poo. In 2007, the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan was the first in the country to provide free panda droppings to a company to make souvenirs such as fans, notebooks and bookmarks, hoping to dispose of the waste of its pandas.
We cannot help but wonder if panda poo toilet paper is compatible with Fanny Clean toilet paper moistener ;-)
Washington D.C. Wet Wipe Law Takes Effect January 1, 2018 13:04
A Washington D.C. wet wipe law took effect on New Year’s Day 2018.
The D.C. Wet Wipe Law regulates the labeling of moist flushable toilet wet wipes by banning the sale of "flushable" wipes within city limits unless the maker of the particular brand of wipes can support the claim that the wipes are indeed flushable.
What does "Flushable" mean in DC Wet Wipe Law?
"Flushable" does not simply mean that bum wipes go down the drain when you flush the toilet, but that they break apart soon after being flushed, and therefore, do not end up clogging D.C.'s sewer system.
Since first introduced to the market, manufacturers of bathroom wet wipes have been fast and loose with their definition of the word "flushable" leading to costly problems at wastewater treatment plants and elsewhere; costs that are passed on to tax payers, of course.
While the D.C. wet wipe law does not ban fanny wet wipes per se, it requires them to pass a test demonstrating that they readily break apart after being flushed.
The DC wet wipe law, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2018 defines a flushable wipe as one that disperses in a short period of time after flushing, is not buoyant, and does not contain plastic or any other material that does not readily degrade.
It prevents manufacturers from labeling their product as “flushable” unless it meets those "flush test" requirements, and it requires manufacturers of nonflushable wipes to communicate “clearly and conspicuously” on the packaging "Do not flush."
In short, the Washington D.C. wet wipe law bans the word “flushable” from the wipes’ packaging unless the wipes pass the "flush test" demonstrating that they will properly dissolve in the sewer system after being flushed away.
If the product fails the "flush test," its manufacturer must label the package with verbiage stating "do not flush."
DC Wet Wipe Law does not apply to Kimberly-Clark Fanny Wipes
Kimberly-Clark, a large manufacturer of fanny wet wipes, sued the city of Washington D.C. contesting the new law and got a favorable ruling on December 22, 2017 when Judge James E. Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a preliminary injunction that prevents officials from enforcing the law against Kimberly-Clark, and only Kimberly-Clark.
The law, requiring the "flush test" and required verbiage can still be applied to other wet wipe companies.
According to an article in the Washington Post, Judge Boasberg wrote the following in his ruling:
“Lurking beneath this city’s streets lies a purported scourge of our sewer system,” invoking the threat of certain kinds of wet wipes that “unwitting consumers might blithely flush” but that “bind together in the subterranean realm.” He also added that his decision did not mean “the District’s ‘Protect Your Pipes’ campaign is a pipe dream.”
Wipes Clog Pipes and Have a Negative Environmental Impact
The D.C. wet wipe law is intended to address a problem city officials across the U.S. have been dealing with for some time - The problem of "wipes clogging pipes."
Most wet wipes do not disintegrate and can clog sewer systems and wastewater treatment plants. They congeal with grease and oils leading to problems that can be expensive and time-consuming to fix. Expenses that are passed on to taxpayers.
In some parts of the world wet wipes are washing up on beaches.
Much has also been made on the Internet of so-called “fatbergs” that cost tens of thousands of dollars to clear from pipes. And as of this writing, one of these fatbergs is on its way to becoming a museum exhibit.
What do you think about all this?
In their lawsuit, Kimberly-Clark alleged that the D.C. Wet WIpe Law was unconstitutional because it sought to regulate businesses outside the city and would force companies that considered their wipes to be flushable to label them otherwise.
So, all a company has to do is "consider their wipes to be flushable?" We do not believe that is a high enough standard and creates a slippery slope for other companies to make similar "considerations" that run counter to the welfare of the community. What do you think? For more on the judge's ruling, you can see this article at BizJournals.com.
We believe we have a better solution...Fanny Clean Wet Wipe Alternative!
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