Five Shocking Stats on Sea and Sewer Damage

Friday 4th November, 2022

If you don’t already know why we need Unblocktober and your support, let me explain.

As a society, we haven’t always treated the natural and built environment in the kindest way. There are many examples of this that will jump to mind, including deforestation, increasing carbon emissions, and so on.

One of the ways we’ve mistreated the environment is through habits at home that many of us won’t know causes our surroundings, watercourses and rivers severe distress. Millions upon millions of us have been putting items, materials and substances into our drainage systems and sewers that lead to untold damage to the environment around us.

As a result, we need to act decisively and quickly to try to change those bad habits and reverse the impact of our actions on our environment. The effects of this ecological damage are already being felt, and will need a concerted effort to slow them down or reverse them.

That’s where Unblocktober comes in.

All we want is for you, your family and your friends to commit to stop pouring or flushing any of the following items down the drains or into the toilet for a whole month:

  • Cooking oil
  • Margarine, butter or lard
  • Cooking sauces
  • Food - even crumbs
  • Wet wipes
  • Tampons, applicators and wrappers
  • Face masks
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sanitary/menstrual pads and towels
  • Nappies
  • Condoms
  • Cotton buds
  • Contact lenses
  • Bandages and plasters
  • Razor blades
  • Dental floss

Still not convinced? Perhaps these five shocking stats relating to sea and sewer damage will help you to picture the extent of the problem.

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Take action and do your part to help!

If you want to reverse these negative environmental trends and take a step towards saving our sewers and seas, the time for action is now. Sign up for our national campaign Unblocktober, and complete our month-long challenge to improve your everyday habits to prevent damage to the UK’s drains and waterways.