Ditch plastic cotton swabs for the good of the environment.
Plastic cotton swabs are bad for us, marine life and the environment. This is why you should ditch them for an alternative.
It is estimated that in the UK alone, we use over 13.2 billion cotton buds every single year, most of which are not recycled and end up in the rivers, oceans, and lining our beaches.
You might think “what harm can a little three inch bit of plastic do?” but when you consider how many are used every 12 month, you can begin to appreciate the shocking amount of harm that these could have.
So many of these buds end up being flushed down the toilet and making their way into nature. Due to their small size, they easily pass through sewage treatment systems and make their way into the environment. As they are made from plastic, they take potentially hundreds of years to decompose and can break down into harmful microplastics. In other words, these ‘harmless’ little buds are set to pollute the earth for generations to come.
When these buds end up in the ocean, they pose a significant risk to marine life and wildlife as they often mistake them for food. They eat them and fail to digest them, leading to marine life and birds suffering internal injuries, starvation and death. Of course, some of these plastics can also release dangerous toxins to marine life and their environment.
We need to take immediate steps to change the situation. It is not acceptable that we cause damage such as this just for our wish to use cotton swabs. There are alternatives available that do just as good a job, without causing detriment to the world around us.