Why Toilet Paper, The One and Only Flushable Wipe 

(Slow zoom on a roll of toilet paper, title appears, “Why Toilet Paper is Amazing”, narration begins)

Narrator: There are many things we take for granted in life. I like to think toilet paper is one of them.

(stock footage)

Sure it takes the spotlight every once in awhile - you might see the cardboard rolls used in DIY guides on how to sort cables or grow plants, and even wedding dresses from this product. But, for the most part, it hangs one way or another in your bathroom. Unassuming and forgotten until the one moment you need it. And you better hope you have it then.

(shot of toilet paper running out)

(shot of bathroom stall)

Voice in Stall: “Hello? Hello??? Anyone there???”

(back to shot of toilet paper)

Narrator: Toilet paper has a lot going for it and it didn’t happen by accident either. Behind each sheet is a feat of engineering and design that delicately balances two main things - comfort and flushability.

Narrator: (“Comfort” title appears) Toilet paper first needs to be strong enough so it doesn’t fall apart too easily in your hands. This is called the “finger-breakthrough resistance” (toilet paper dipped in fudge). It also needs to be soft to the touch, because there’s some delicate parts down there.

Narrator: (“Flushability” title appears) On the other hand, toilet paper also needs to be able to break down when it hits the water (Toilet paper breaking apart in water). This makes sure that it doesn’t clog up your pipes or Halifax Water’s sewer system, another thing we take for granted sometimes.

Narrator: With this in mind, TP manufacturers play around with the length of paper fibres, types of patterns, the number of layers, and chemicals, all to achieve that perfect balance of comfort and flushability. The design actually varies quite a bit between each manufacturer and can even differ depending on where you live.

Narrator: So yea that’s pretty cool but if you take a look around lately, it seems like TP isn’t the MVP (Most Valuable Paper) anymore.

(camera pans to shot of flushable wipes)

Narrator: These so called flushable wipes are often marketed as thenew and better replacement for toilet paper. TP might as well beprimitive technology at this point.

Narrator: But there’s one major problem with these wipes, they’re notactually flushable. Sure they’ll go down your toilet but they don’tbreak down afterwards.

(lab demonstration of breakdown of flushable wipes vs toilet paper)

Narrator: So what happens instead? Well these wipes usually end up stuck in your house’s plumbing system, which costs you money, or somewhere along the pipes to sewage treatment plant, which costs us all money.

(guided tour of pumping station and buildup of flushable wipes)

(interview with worker at the plant describing some of the stuff that gets stuck in sewage - dental floss, diapers, tennis balls )

Narrator: That maintenance comes at a price and some estimate that removing these wipes cost municipal sewage treatment systems in Canada $250 million annually, a cost we all cover.

Narrator: (in front of camera) So with that in mind. I think we’ll be sticking with toilet paper for now. Not flushable wipes, or dental floss or tennis balls or diapers, I mean isn’t this common sense, why are we even having to make a video about this…

(voice begins to fade out, camera pans to roll of toilet paper, credits are written on the paper and begin to roll).

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