Science Club investigates the strength of different brands of wipes and tissue paper.
Thursday lunchtime Science Club members are continuing with their quest to understand the viability of flushable toilet wipes. Are they disposable enough to break down in water like regular toilet paper, and what is the cost to the environment if they have to be sent to landfill?
To help the students determine whether strength correlates to breakability, Dr Connall set them a practical task to compare and contrast six different brands and types of paper and wipes.
They stretched single pieces of paper or wipe across a beaker, wet them, and placed weights on them until they tore. By recording the results the girls could analyse the durability of the different brands with the wipes proving to be stronger and therefore harder to break down in water.