plastic free cotton buds (Q Tips)
Last week I had an email from Rachel who is as proficient at putting on mascara as I am!
She wrote “I wonder if you know of a supplier of biodegradable ear buds? (or Q-tips as our American cousins call them). I know I probably shouldn’t use them, but I do, nothing else is as adept at rectifying the mess that I make of applying mascara whilst peering myopically into the mirror.
I’m using some made with unbleached cotton tips but it’s the plastic stick that bothers me – I find them washed up all over the beaches in Norfolk.”
My travels around the internet found two solutions and I’d love to hear yours.
First up are a brand which offer a bit of good news, a bit of bad news.
These organic cotton buds are available with paper sticks from Ethical Superstore. However, I’m not sure what the packaging is – it looks suspiciously like plastic to me and as I don’t know what type of plastic it is, I don’t know if it can be recycled.
Next are the Botanics Organic Fairtrade Cotton Buds made from GM free, organic cotton. These cotton buds are available in Boots and have paper stems instead of plastic so that they are biodegradable. And it looks very much like these are in a cardboard box!
What about you? Any zero waste cotton bud brands to give the thumbs up to or do you use something else entirely?