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 02, 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 01, 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!
HYBA Follows FANNY CLEAN into the World of Wet Wipe Alternatives November 18, 2017 13:10
Hyba has joined Etiquette in offering modern-minded consumers a wet wipe alternative that pleasantly reminds us of Etiquette's original toilet paper moistener dispenser that was also attached to the wall adjacent to one's toilet paper roll. ;-)
Of course, we favor our Fanny Clean organic-based toilet paper moistener spritz, but we applaud Quilted Northern for having the necessary forward thinking mindset to join the moist toilet paper movement as a superior way to wipe one's fanny after a trip to the bathroom. Plain ol' dry toilet paper and so-called "flushable wipes" are soooooo yesterday.
While bathroom baby wipes have become quite common among adults over the past 20 years, most people know these wipes are not without their shortcomings.
First off, in many - if not most - cases "flushable" bathroom wipes do not break apart soon enough after being flushed down the toilet...that is, if they even break down at all. This has resulted in various environmental issues along with costly homeowner and wastewater treatment facility problems. Oh, and by the way, you do know YOU pay for the repairs of the wastewater treatment plant damage through your tax bill. :-(
These flushable wipe problems have resulted in several class-action lawsuits, and, as we write this, a proposed law in Washington, D.C. demands that flushable wipes sold within the city actually break apart to prevent the costs to taxpayers for managing the burden these products have placed on the city's wastewater system. Naturally, this law is being challenged by the big wet wipe manufacturers. We'll see what happens...
Etiquette's Google + Page is a great resource for articles discussing these and other problems with so-called flushable wipes.
Anyhoo, back to the Hyba....it uses Quilted Northern toilet paper that has apparently been modified in some way so the toilet paper moistener solution does not cause the paper to break apart (more about that below, this may be a problem?).
The Hyba uses a touchless sprayer to dispense the toilet paper moistener solution. Here at Etiquette, we introduced our foray into this space with our toilet paper moistener dispenser in 2015.
Our dispenser was also conveniently attached to the wall in the vicinity of the toilet paper roll. Unfortunately, we had to discontinue our dispenser due to supply chain problems and other technical issues, but who knows maybe some day it may make a comeback?
Original Etiquette Toilet Paper Moistener Dispenser, circa 2015
In our development of Etiquette's toilet paper spritz and spray dispenser product, we investigated using a touchless sprayer applicator, but ran into difficulty obtaining one that was aesthetically pleasing and appropriate for the task. Hopefully Georgia-Pacific, the company that owns the Quilted Northern brand, has figured it out; although we think the design of the device could be improved from an aesthetic perspective. What do you think?
Let us know what you believe a dispenser of this sort should look like. Who knows, maybe we'll have to create it...
We applaud Goergia-Pacific for using their "deep pockets" in their effort to change the wiping habits of Americans for the better. Toward this end, the company has recently begun running ads to entice people to use the Hyba instead of plain ol' dry toilet paper.
And, as is usually the case regarding ads that involve the wiping of one's tush, they are comical, if not downright bizarre.
For example, the Hyba website has a video in which a hand wearing an astronaut-looking glove comes up out of a glowing toilet to show the Hyba to the man standing in his bathroom wondering what the heck is going on.
Georgia-Pacific and Quilted Northern have their work cut out for them. We understand the challenge in helping people to make a change in their bathroom habits.
It does not create "wet toilet paper"
It may be because wet toilet paper is pretty gross, but there is a difference between applying a toilet paper moistener spray or "spritz" in which you can personally control the amount of moisture being applied and actually applying running water to toilet paper creating wet toilet paper.
Actually, we believe one of the drawbacks of conventional wet wipes that clog pipes is that there is no ability to adjust the amount of wetness of the wet wipe and one is often forced to use a wipe that is just too darn wet.
Etiquette Fanny Clean Product Review Video:
Other Hyba Videos:
There is a video contrasting old-fashioned toilet paper to advanced electric razors and facial-cleansing tech, using the tagline "Spray hello to the future."
Another video shows a creepy plumber plunging a toilet while asking an embarrassed woman on a date, with the tagline "Better than wipes for your pipes."
If you are reading this, you are probably familiar with the legal and other problems the flushable wipes industry is facing.
In federal court in New York, Kimberly-Clark Corp., Procter & Gamble Co. and Costco have been wrangling with class-action plaintiffs for years over a lawsuit claiming their Cottonelle, Charmin and Kirkland flushable wipes are not really "flushable" and have clogged piped leading to costly repairs.
And, despite Hyba's good intentions, at least one flushable wipe watchdog isn't so sure it's all its cracked up to be. Rob Villee, also known as "The Lord of the Wipes" for his extensive testing of flushable wipes and industry conference appearances, is pushing back against Hyba's claims. Mr. Villee is the executive director of the Plainfield Area Regional Sewage Authority in New Jersey. He found Hyba's three-ply toilet paper doesn't break down much faster in water than the most "dispersible" wipes already on the market.
Nevertheless, here at Etiquette, we wish Georgia-Pacific's Hyba venture success. Having been pioneers of this "toilet paper moistener wall unit dispensing approach to bathroom hygiene" we hope they can overcome some of the challenges faced in educating people and helping people to understand that, as the Hyba video puts it, it's time to stop wiping "like it's 1954."
The Hyba system itself is $39.99 - you can see it here --->https://www.amazon.com/Hyba-Personal-Cleansing-System-Alternative/dp/B06XK2SBQG
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER FLUSHING THE TOILET IN NEW YORK? November 12, 2017 15:29
People go about their business without even thinking about what happens after flushing the toilet in New York despite all the work and machinery that is going on behind the scenes to manage the 24/7 production of human excrement.
When you think about it, it is truly incredible how a city like New York manages all the toilet waste produced by its citizens and visitors.
This post will help you understand what happens after you flush the toilet in New York. It is based on an interview with the deputy commissioner for the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), who oversees the treatment of more than a billion gallons of wastewater per day.
The interview was originally posted on cityandstateny.com.
Did you know that:
- The methane gas produced from treating human toilet waste along with some added food waste is used as a source of energy? Yup, the gas is actually put into pipelines going out to people's homes and used for cooking dinner.
- There was a recent wastewater spill into the Niagra River that was apparently due to ongoing problems with aging waste treatment infrastructure?
- The biggest challenge in treating wastewater? Hint: it's a challenge that Fanny Clean takes care of very nicely 😊
- There are workers who have to get inside the pumping machines to retrieve wipes and other stuff people flush down the toilet or else sewage would back up into people's homes and/or overflow into sources of clean water?
- New York City has 14 treatment plants with each borough having at least one wastewater treatment plant treating a total of about 1.3 billion gallons a day of wastewater on a typical day?
- If you lose a wedding ring down the drain, it’ll probably end up in the grit chamber?
So, what happens after you flush the toilet in New York?
Here's the interview:
C&S: As deputy commissioner (DC) for the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment, what are your daily job duties?
DC: Considering that we’re a 24/7 operation where we cannot stop what we do – which is treating all the wastewater from the millions and millions of people who live, work and play in New York City – it’s about making sure our operations are running smoothly, making sure they have the resources to get their work done, planning for near-term capital investments and long-term capital investments.
Maintaining staff morale, visions for the future, setting goals for ourselves, creating a level of morale and pride in the work we do, applying strategy to our internal operations as well as going external to advocate for our needs in the context of the city and stakeholders.
C&S: Describe the partnership between the DEP and National Grid.
DC: Every treatment plant takes in all the wastewater comes through us, and we essentially make the water clean and take the solids – which are organic solids – and put it in what are called digesters.
In those digesters, we use anaerobic bacteria to break down that waste and we create methane gas, (carbon dioxide) and water.
The methane gas is a very important energy resource that we try to utilize at each of our treatment plants.
At Newtown Creek, we actually have excess digester capacity, meaning for all the solids we put in the digesters from our process, we don’t use 100 percent of the space that we have in there.
So, National Grid and Waste Management work with us to create a food waste to digesters program, where Waste Management collects food waste and they create a slurry and that goes directly into our digesters. With that we’re creating more gas, about 10 percent more than we would otherwise.
So, considering that we don’t necessarily use all our gas and we’re getting this extra gas, National Grid came along. We created a program where they’re going to build a scrubber, which is basically a method to clean the gas and strip out the water and other impurities from the gas.
Then they’re going to put that gas directly into their regional pipeline, which then will be going to people’s homes so they can cook their dinner, and then use their toilets, and then put the waste in our system.
Then we’ll create more gas from that and then it’s a full circle.
C&S: The state is investigating a recent spill of wastewater into the Niagara River. How do you prevent a similar crisis from occurring in New York City?
DC: I have 1,800 people in this bureau, and every single day they are putting out fires that could potentially cause a problem.
We’ve got a lot of aging infrastructure, some of which is really challenged to keep operating.
So, we avoid that by dealing with things that need to be adjusted or replaced or (have an) emergency contract to fix in the short term, but in the long term we avoid that by making the right kind of investments in our utilities so that we replace this aging infrastructure before anything bad happens.
C&S: What is a challenge that you face in treating wastewater?
DC: The problem we have is people do flush a lot of things that shouldn’t be in the toilet.
Even if it says “flushable” on the box, if it's not toilet paper, it should not be flushed.
So what happens is all those baby wipes, and facial wipes, and Clorox bleach wipes and whatever makeup stuff that people flush – tampons, condoms, everything – it comes to the plant. We have to screen out that debris before we put it into the treatment plant.
We do our best to screen it out, and we spend over $7 million a year hauling off just stuff that gets stuck in our screen.
Even with the screens, a lot of (those) rags, and baby wipes, and facial stuff gets through the screens and ends up clogging pipes. When it clogs pipes it’s really bad, but you got raw sewage that can’t flow and you have to have people in there getting inside the pumping mechanism to retrieve the wipes and all the garbage people throw in there.
If I didn’t have the staff or the expertise or the people that stay on top of it, we’d be backing up sewage into people’s homes all the time or overflowing sewage into the receiving waters so it’s something that we constantly have to put up with.
I think we need to develop a stronger partnership just with everyday people so they know what not to put in their toilet. The more people understand that, the less they have to pay for it on our end, and the less risk that we have to put our utility under.
C&S: What is the daily capacity for New York City’s wastewater treatment plants?
DC: New York City has 14 treatment plants. Every borough has at least one.
We treat about 1.3 billion gallons a day of wastewater, and that’s on a dry day. Because a lot of our systems are combined, meaning they also take stormwater from the streets, that flow can easily be over 3 billion gallons in a given day.
C&S: What is the process for wastewater treatment?
DC: It comes to the treatment plant, it’s wastewater, which is obviously the organic loading coming from people.
The first stop is to take out the rags and the wipes and all that stuff, and that’s the big screens that screen that out.
Then it goes to a grit chamber usually, so stuff that will make it through the screen like small rocks or debris. If you lose a wedding ring, it’ll probably end up in the grit chamber.
Then it goes into these very large, long sedimentation basins, which is just a long channel where it’ll take the solids and it’ll fall out of the top, and the grease will float at the top. So we take out the floaters and the sinkers, and that goes to solids handling. This water that’s got very high organics in it, and then that goes through a biological process that is aerated.
What we do is we use biology. We set up conditions to bring a biological community to these treatment plants that actually consume the organic matter. If you think about it this way, if a bear poops in the woods, their poop will eventually become soil because all this bacteria that lives in the environment will degrade that waste.
So we’re taking something that takes weeks in the natural environment, and make it happen within a few hours within the treatment plant.
Then we have the final settling tank where we settle the biological flock out, and then the water is very clean at that point. It gets disinfected just using a household bleach type, and then the clean water is discharged into the receiving water.
But that whole thing about the biology and the solids that we pull off – we take a small portion of the active biological community, it’s called sludge, and we put that into the digesters. We’ve still got a lot of organics in there that breaks down in an anaerobic environment and that’s where we create the methane gas.
So we’re really a resource recovery utility. We’re taking waste and making clean water. We’re making usable biogas. We can take that biogas to heat. We can take that biogas to create electricity. We also produce the biosolids, which is the final product that is safe out of those digesters, so that’s another component that can be used for a beneficial use.
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