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Bill at state legislature would ban disposable, flushable wipes in all of Hawai'i

Feb 17, 2023

HONOLULU (KITV4) -- A bill at the Hawai'i legislature that seeks to ban disposable flushable wipes is moving through committee hearings. The purpose of House Bill 268 is to protect the plumbing. If passed, it would prohibit the sale or distribution of disposable flushable wipes in the state (and define what is flushable).

At Makiki Christian Church Preschool, the teachers go through disposable wipes like, well, somebody's business.


"I don't know what we'd do without them. I don't think it's a good thing. As a teacher, wipes are really important," teacher Gwen Imai said.

Imai has a toddler class now but when she took care of infants, she remembers, "We would look at the diaper and think, 'Oh my goodness, this is a five-wiper. We had anywhere from a one-wiper to a five-wiper.'"

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