Lets Talk Cotton Buds

As a nation, we use cotton buds for a variety of reasons ranging from poking around in our ears, applying makeup, cleaning, baby care, etc  As a product they are an indispensable. The problem is most of the stems are made of plastic. To add to the problem, lots of people in the UK flush them down the toilet. Being so small, cotton buds cause blockages in sewage pipes and can get easily get through sewer filters and during heavy rainfall, the sewage can overflow into waterways and rivers.

Sewer system
Don’t put buds down the toilet

Cotton buds make up 60% of sewage-related beach litter. These little sticks of plastic cause death and  devastation to wildlife as they are eaten and remain lodged in the stomachs of seabirds and can pierce the intestines of turtles

Littered beach
Plastic has to go somewhere

There are increasing amounts of companies selling cotton stemmed buds, but they are mostly sold in plastic boxes. So I wanted to find a completely recyclable replacement. I found a brand called Hydrophil of German which is a vegan & fair trade company. They sell buds that are 100% biodegradable and the wands are made of sustainable bamboo.

Cotton buds
Image by Hydrophil

The ones I chose to try first are Bambaw Cotton Buds. Like the Hydrophil brand, they are also made of bamboo and are 100% biodegradable.

Cotton buds
Bambaw Cotton Buds, No waste

The Bambaw cotton buds are made from organic bamboo harvested far away from pandas from abundant, fast-growing bamboo plantations. Bamboo is a naturally sustainable resource with some species growing up to 4 feet per day. The plant grows naturally without any pesticides or fertilizers. Once harvested it regrows from it owns roots.
The buds are packed in a recycled paper box and were delivered with no plastic. Hurrah! So try one of these eco-friendly options and make a difference.

Small steps make big changes

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