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You might think twice before using wet wipes again...

A Cork student has found that the wipes don’t dissolve in water – even after 17 months.

WET WIPES HAVE become extremely popular in Irish households in recent years, with many companies offering different types.

But an experiment by a Cork student might make some people think again about their impact on the sewerage system.

Kian Hennessy of Coláiste Choilm brought his project on wet wipes – which he calls ‘an environmental menace’ – to the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition this week.

The wipes tested were from brands that said the items were flushable.

He explained why he has such a strong opinion on the items:

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In order to test the wipes, he incubated them in water, and this is what he found:

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