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What Are the Best Alternatives for Plastic Cotton Buds?
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Cotton buds are the best example of single-use plastic. As we know, single-use plastic is one of the most harmful things for the environment. Plastic does not degrade even after years and decades. It will lay in our landfills or eventually make its way into the ocean.

Plastic cotton buds specifically are one of the most polluting things in our ocean. It is also dangerous for sea creatures and birds that may swallow it. It is our duty to become responsible global citizens and take care of the world that we are living in.

Take a step towards being ethical by ditching plastic cotton buds and switching to biodegradable cotton buds made out of bamboo. The UK-based company Willow Tree sells eco-friendly alternatives to our everyday items on their website. Their sustainable products are made up of organic and recycled material. Furthermore, they believe that it is the responsibility of both the producer and customer to be ethically-conscious.

There are already countries around the world such as UK and France taking steps to get rid of plastic cotton buds but even if your government does not impose this rule, you must do it as part of your duty.

The most obvious reason why we use cotton buds is to clean the wax from our ears. However, at times we also use to remove a little makeup from the corner of our eyes and lips. These uses don’t require the cotton bud to be made out of plastic. Thus, we need to look at alternatives for cotton buds.

What are the alternatives for plastic cotton buds?

  • Paper cotton buds: Paper can be used as an alternative to plastic. It is also a sustainable and recyclable version that is better for the environment.
  • Bamboo cotton buds: Bamboo cotton buds are much better for the environment as it is degradable and also it can be cultivated without any pesticides.
  • Reusable silicon buds: These silicone buds can be reused for a long time. It is also built-in a resilient manner to ensure that it does not bend when inserting in your ear.
  • Mimikaki: Mimikaki is a kind of ear pick that has been used in Japan for centuries. It is a bamboo stick that picks the wax out of our ears instead of pushing it in like an ordinary cotton bud. Furthermore, one mimikaki stick can be durable for your entire lifetime. Thus, it is a reusable and degradable alternative.
  • Use a liquid ear cleaner: Instead of trying to pick out the dirt from your ear, you could just wash it out. A few drops of hydrogen peroxide in your ear whilst lying down can drain out the wax in just 10 to 15 minutes. If you are not able to find hydrogen peroxide, then you can also use olive oil. Two or three drops of olive oil in your ear will dissolve the wax and let it come out on its own.


The above-mentioned alternatives are all better for the environment than single-use plastic cotton buds. Choose the options that will be better for you and the environment.

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