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Family, FOGs, and Fatbergs, Oh My!

Things have been dreary with shorter days and colder nights. But now, one of the most joyous times of the year is here – the holiday season! No matter what you celebrate, the holidays are…

3 Pro Tips for New Parents to Practice #FlushSmart Habits

Babies… the sweetest bundles of joy that never fail to put a smile on your face… except  when they have a blowout. A messy, all encompassing – stop what you’re doing right now and open…

How to be #FlushSmart at the Movie Theater

As the weather cools down, you may be looking for fun activities that keep you inside. For some of you, that place is the movie theater! From cuddling up with the littles one over the…

WOW (a.k.a. World of Wipes), Who Knew?

Last month I had the pleasure of speaking at the World of WipesÒ International Conference in Chicago. The panel I participated in was called “Nonwoven Substrates for More Sustainable Wipes.”   My presentation focused on RFA’s…

How to Observe Flush Smart Day, Every Day!

On July 1, we observed the inaugural Flush Smart Day thanks to a resolution granted to RFA President Lara Wyss by Assemblymember Richard Bloom, the California statesman who largely brought the Wet Wipes Labelling Law…

The Responsible Flushing Alliance 101: The Reasons Why We All Need to #FlushSmart

With #FlushSmartDay around the corner, we’re bringing it back to the basics of all things responsible flushing habits. Keeping it simple to ensure consumers understand what shouldn’t be sent down the drain. Wait, what even…

Don’t Serve Up Stress at Your Next Gathering – Learn What Not to Flush at the Family BBQ

The days are getting longer, and the temperature is getting hotter. Soon family and friends will get together for barbecues and backyard gatherings filled with laughter and good food. Here at the Responsible Flushing Alliance,…

The Definition of Flushability

Here at the Responsible Flushing Alliance, we always encourage you to practice your best #FlushSmart habits. Sending the wrong products down the drain causes dangerous clogs in municipal sewer systems that could lead to burst…

The Clog Monster’s Favorite Foods

No one thinks of their bathroom as the hottest spot in town, but for the destructive Clog Monster, it’s five-star dining!  With the everyday products we use for cleaning, hygiene, and relaxing just one wrong…

Crafting With Kids: What To Do With What You Can’t Flush

February brings chilly weather and early sunsets. Instead of playing outside, children are staying indoors more than ever—even during the weekends. It can be hard to keep the little ones entertained for long periods of…

National Bath Safety Month: Staying Safe from Spills and Slips

After a long day at work or taking care of the kids, there is nothing better than stepping into the bathroom for an evening of relaxation. Between the bubbles and moisturizing sheet masks, have you…

School Sanitation is a Community Problem but Support Starts at Home

Almost two years into the pandemic, we can all agree that a safe, sanitary environment in which to learn is crucial for a child’s education.

Not Sure What to Flush? California Now Has a Label for That.

California can now put another arrow in its quiver in its fight to protect the environment and state infrastructure: a new law that educates consumers on what can and cannot be flushed down the toilet.

Don’t Be Gross – That’s So 2019

In 2020, when American consumers found themselves social distancing and short of toilet paper (“TP,” as the cool kids call it), the demand for wipes products skyrocketed by as much as 500 percent.

Wipes: Your Summer Sidekick

During these dog days of summer, and especially after a year indoors, people everywhere are treating this summer like it is the first one ever…

World Environment Day: Protect the Environment from Your Bathroom

Over the years, our environment has sustained significant disruption and damage as we’ve interrupted its natural process to often accommodate our everyday habits. Climate is getting hotter.

Earth Day: Responsible Flushing for Water Conservation

Earth Day is an annual event focused on promoting clean and sustainable living habits that will help preserve the Earth’s resources for people and wildlife alike.

Top 10 Most Flushed Non-Flushable Items

Did you know that flushing products that were not designed to be flushed down the toilet can put the health of your home at risk?

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USA TODAY TRAVEL

Check out our full-page PSA on pg. 11 of the USA Today Travel guide!

We’re sharing Fun Family #Flushsmart Travel Tips so that you and your family can travel without fear of clogs and overflows.

Philadelphia Herald

The Responsible Flushing Alliance Offers #FlushSmart Tips to Help Prevent Sewer Clogs and Fatbergs

Many Americans are not aware of the havoc fatbergs cause within our nation’s sewers. The first fatberg was discovered in 2013 with approximately two fatbergs being discovered each year since.

Nonwoven Industry

California Law to Require Clear Do Not Flush Labeling on Non-Flushable Wipes

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed AB 818 by Assembly Member Richard Bloom into law, requiring all packaging for diaper wipes, cleaning wipes and cosmetic wipes to display clear “Do Not Flush” warnings.

Happi

California Mandates ‘Do Not Flush’ Caveat On Disposal Labeling For Wet Wipes

All packaging for diaper wipes, cleaning wipes and cosmetic wipes must clearly display “Do Not Flush” in the state of California. Governor Newsom today signed AB 818 by Assembly Member Richard Bloom into law.

Yahoo!

New Law Requires Easier-to-Find Disposal Labeling for Wet Wipes

Today Governor Newsom signed AB 818 by Assembly Member Richard Bloom into law, requiring all packaging for diaper wipes, cleaning wipes, and cosmetic wipes to display clear “Do Not Flush” warnings. The bill is the result of a three-year effort…

The Dallas News

Top 5 Essential Parenting Hacks Anyone with Kids Under Two Should Know

Navigating parenthood sometimes can feel like being dropped in the middle of a maze with so many different options and responsibilities pulling caregivers in every direction. Whether it’s cleaning, organizing, or saving a buck,…

H2O Global

To flush or not to flush?

Let’s face it, toilets aren’t exactly a conversation starter; we do our business and then try not to think about it until the next time nature calls. While we tend to ‘flush and forget’ – that shouldn’t be an excuse to treat toilets like trash bags.

Associated Press

Wipes Labeling Act in Illinois Advances Responsible Flushing Efforts Supported by Wipes Industry and Municipal Wastewater

On Friday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 294, known as the Wipes Labeling Act, which now requires manufacturers of household disposable wipes for sale in the state of Illinois…

Sentinel Source

More flushed wipes logging pipes, sending sewage into homes

Some wastewater utilities say they are facing a nasty pandemic problem: More disposable wipes being flushed down toilets are clogging pipes, jamming pumps, and sending raw sewage into homes and waterways.

Happi

A Conversation with the Responsible Flushing Alliance

Wastewater operators across the globe continue to face challenges associated with clogs due to issues such as aging infrastructure and improper flushing habits. While items such as baby wipes, paper towels, tampons, and sanitary pads...

Nonwoven Industry

Personal Care Wipes Respond to Change

Like most consumer markets in 2020, nonwovens wipes trends were upended by the Coronavirus pandemic. As consumers worked overtime to sanitize their homes and themselves, demand for disinfectant and hand sanitizing wipes skyrocketed...

Nonwoven Industry

Responsible Flushing Alliance Forms

To address the need for long-term solutions to the problems in the nation’s wastewater systems, the Responsible Flushing Alliance has been formed as an independent nonprofit with a mission of educating consumers about responsible and smart flushing habits.

Happi

Home Care Wipes: Sustainability In Sharper Focus As Cleaning Frenzy Simmers Following Pandemic

Across the U.S., cities, and towns are being forced to throw more money at solving blockages as consumers buy (and flush) more wipes than ever.

Bloomberg News

America’s Obsession With Wipes Is Tearing Up Sewer Systems

Even before the pandemic, Americans were already flushing far too many wipes into the sewer system. After a year of staying at home, the pipe-clogging problem has gotten worse.

TPO Magazine

The Wipes Problem: Are Mechanical Solutions the Ultimate Answer? | Treatment Plant Operator

Product standards? Education? Grinding? What will solve the wipes problem? Clean-water agencies and wipes industry groups have differing perspectives. The battle over wipes in sewers continues unabated.

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3M, Eleeo Brands, Goodwipes, Unilever Join the Responsible Flushing Alliance, Bolstering its Efforts to Educate Consumers on Proper Flushing Habits

Today, the Responsible Flushing Alliance (RFA) announced 3M, Eleeo Brands, Goodwipes, and Unilever as new members of its growing coalition of manufacturers and public health stakeholders focused on educating consumers on what not to flush down their toilets.

PR WEB

The Responsible Flushing Alliance Reminds Americans to Keep Fats, Oils, and Grease out of Drains this Thanksgiving

As Americans are preparing to usher in the holiday season, treasured family recipes are taking center stage as rich and decadent meals are being planned. After enjoying seasonal meals with family and friends, don’t forget to keep fats, oils, and grease (F.O.G.) out of the drain. And just as important, always look for the “Do Not Flush” symbol on wipes for proper disposal instructions.

PR WEB

Responsible Flushing Alliance Shares “Most Wanted” Poster of Items Clogging America’s Home Plumbing and Wastewater Treatment Systems

The Responsible Flushing Alliance (RFA), a non-profit association dedicated to providing consumers with educational materials about what should and should not be flushed, released its first in a series of “Most Wanted” items that shouldn’t be flushed.

BusinessWire

Responsible Flushing Alliance Publishes New Infographic Educating the Public on the Strangest Items Found in California Catch Basins

Today, the Responsible Flushing Alliance (RFA) published a new infographic highlighting some of the strangest objects that have been pulled out of municipal wastewater treatment catch basins in three California areas. A Spanish version of the infographic is also available.

iCrowd News

The Responsible Flushing Alliance Announces New Beauty Wipe Disposal Education Efforts Ahead of World Health Day and Earth Day

Today the Responsible Flushing Alliance (RFA) released a new #FlushSmart infographic as part of its consumer education campaign raising awareness of responsible flushing habits, launched this past January. This new infographic educates consumers on how to properly dispose of household beauty products and makeup wipes while avoiding costly clogs and negative environmental impacts.

BusinessWire

Responsible Flushing Alliance Announces Six Advisory Members as 2022 #FlushSmart Consumer Education Campaign Kicks Off

Today, the Responsible Flushing Alliance (RFA) is excited to introduce the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) as its newest advisory member as it launches its national 2022 #FlushSmart consumer education campaign in California.

iCrowd News

The Responsible Flushing Alliance Helps Football Bowl Game Watchers Root for their Teams with Practical Party Tips to Keep the other Bowl Clog-Free

As fans around the country gear up to cheer on their favorite football teams, the Responsible Flushing Alliance offers tailgating tips to keep cleanup of disposable items so that fans can keep cheering and not have to worry about fouls off the field.

iCrowd News

The Responsible Flushing Alliance Offers #FlushSmart Tips to Help Prevent Sewer Clogs and Fatbergs

Many Americans are not aware of the havoc fatbergs cause within our nation’s sewers. The first fatberg was discovered in 2013 with approximately two fatbergs being discovered each year since. The Responsible Flushing Alliance (RFA), a nonprofit...

BusinessWire

New Law Requires Easier-to-Find Disposal Labeling for Wet Wipes

Today Governor Newsom signed AB 818 by Assembly Member Richard Bloom into law, requiring all packaging for diaper wipes, cleaning wipes, and cosmetic wipes to display clear “Do Not Flush” warnings. The bill is the result of a three-year effort between representatives from wastewater and product stewardship groups and wipes manufacturers to address an urgent pollution problem that has plagued public wastewater infrastructure.

PR WEB

Responsible Flushing Alliance Welcomes Papel Aralar S.A. to its Coalition of Members

Today, the Responsible Flushing Alliance welcomed its newest association member, Papel Aralar S.A. The global paper company brings its proven commitment to environmental preservation and social responsibility to the Responsible Flushing Alliance as the organization accelerates...

iCrowd News

Top 5 Essential Parenting Hacks Anyone with Kids Under Two Should Know

Navigating parenthood sometimes can feel like being dropped in the middle of a maze with so many different options and responsibilities pulling caregivers in every direction. Whether it’s cleaning, organizing, or saving a buck…

iCrowd News

Top 10 Grooming Mistakes Guys Make

Anytime of the year is the right time for proper grooming but after more than a year of social distancing, it may be time for a refresher course. Even celebrities are debating whether or not to wait for the stank to emerge before bathing their kids.

Business Wire

Wipes Labeling Act in Illinois Advances Efforts Supported by Wipes Industry and Municipal Wastewater

On Friday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 294, known as the Wipes Labeling Act, which now requires manufacturers of household disposable wipes for sale in the state of Illinois to clearly label “Do Not Flush”.

Business Wire

Responsible Flushing Alliance Welcomes ANDRITZ and DUDE Products

Today, the Responsible Flushing Alliance enthusiastically welcomed ANDRITZ and DUDE Products as its newest Board of Directors members. The addition of these two innovators to the organization brings in their distinct expertise.

Business Wire

Passage of Oregon House Bill 2344 Boosts Accountability for Responsible Flushing

Gov. Kate Brown has signed into law House Bill 2344, requiring manufacturers of personal care and household wipes for sale in the state of Oregon to clearly label “Do Not Flush” on those wipes that are not intended for disposal in the toilet.

PRWEB

Graduation Means Embarking on Life’s Next Big Adventure in the Real World; Responsible Flushing Alliance Offers Tips to Help Grads Avoid Embarrassing Toilet Overflows

With approximately 4 million Americans graduating college every year, there’s excitement for embarking on the next big chapter in life, which in many cases includes renting a first apartment.

PRWEB

Spread Earth Month throughout the Year; The Responsible Flushing Alliance Shares Tips for Conserving Water in 2021 and Beyond

The 51st Earth Month is coming to a close and the Responsible Flushing Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to educating and empowering consumers to make informed choices about the proper disposal of products used in a bathroom setting, offers four...

Business Wire

Responsible Flushing Alliance Established as Independent Non-profit to Help Reduce Possible Damage to Nation’s Sewage Systems

To address the need for long-term solutions to the problems in our nation’s wastewater systems, the Responsible Flushing Alliance has been formed as an independent nonprofit with a mission of educating consumers about responsible and…

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“You Can’t Live a Day Without Me” is a rap video about the San Francisco sewers with cameos by ex-49ers great Ronnie Lott and former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the City agency that brought national attention to your sewers using slogans like “No one deals with more crap than I do” and “Your #2 is my #1,” is now debuting a rap song!

The City’s sewers work 24/7, 365 days a year; the Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP) is a multi-billion dollar citywide investment underway to ensure it’s safe now and continues to protect public health and the environment for generations to come. Check out the lyrics at www.sfwater.org/sewerRap.