After tests were performed on 11 different flushable wipes, Consumer NZ made a surprising discovery; flushable wipes are actually unflushable. In fact, apart from the occasional small tear, all of them remained intact, whilst toilet paper started to break down within minutes. “Despite claims that these products are safe to flush, our test found they don’t break down easily. The result can be an unwelcome bill from your plumber. In our view, manufacturers shouldn’t be claiming these products are flushable,” said Sue Chetwin, Consumer CEO.