Last Updated: November 27, 2022

The 7 Best Eco-Friendly Cotton Rounds & Swabs.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 11 min read

Your daily bathroom routine probably isn’t something you give a lot of thought to, but maybe you should. Especially when it comes to the horrors that single-use products can bring to your sustainability efforts. More specifically, single use cotton products put a lot of strain on cotton harvesters. As if that wasn’t enough to inspire you to make the switch, these single-use products also harm marine life and are impossible to recycle. It may seem cheesy to do it for the sea horses, but it’s true - just look at this sad photo! For more information about this mindful sustainability switch, read more about reusable cotton swabs and rounds.


Lucky for you, we’ve got equally as effective reusable alternatives that are more sustainable for the planet while still getting the job done. Read on for a list of the 5 best eco-friendly cotton rounds & swabs, rated by Grove members. They're not only good for you, but marine life too.


This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.


1. Last Object LastSwab Baby

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LastSwab Baby provides an eco-friendly alternative to the many uses of single use cotton swabs without the wasteful environmental footprint. One LastSwab can be reused 1,000 times. Last Swab Baby is perfect for cleaning delicate areas around the eye, outer ears, nose and navel, or for applying cream to targeted areas. The LastSwab Baby features a …
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0.6 oz
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2. Marley's Monsters Reusable Organic Cotton Facial Rounds

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Why not use Marley’s Monsters Reusable Organic Cotton Facial Rounds instead of tossing all those single-use cotton balls in the trash? Each 2-ply facial round in this pack of 20 is durable and washable, making them reusable and long-lasting with edges that don’t easily fray. Replacing disposable products with these sustainable ones means facial …

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20 rounds
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3. Cocokind Reusable Facial Rounds

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Disposable cotton pads lead to a ton of waste. These eco-friendly rounds made with bamboo and cotton t are good for up to 800 uses! Super-soft and highly absorbent, they can be machine-washed after every use.

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14 rounds
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4. Last Object LastSwab Beauty Reusable Swab

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Don't let your beauty routine take a toll on the environment. Swap single-use cotton swabs for this Last Object LastSwab Beauty Reusable Swab. This reusable makeup swab features a traditional rounded tip on one side and a tapered tip on the other side, so you have what you need when it comes to making those little makeup fixes. Plus, it can be used …

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5. Last Object LastSwab Basic Reusable Swab

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Say goodbye to single-use cotton swabs that can do damage to the environment and trade them in for this Last Object LastSwab Basic Reusable Swab. This reusable cotton swab for ear cleaning can be reused 1,000 times and can help save the planet from up to 1,000 used cotton swabs with each purchase. Plus, it’s made with textured tips on both ends to …

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6. Last Object LastRound

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LastRound is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional cotton rounds (cotton pads). Perfect for applying toner or removing makeup. Each pad is good for up to 250 uses each – that’s more than 1,750 uses in each LastRound case. Made from organic cotton and wood fibers. Simply use, wash, repeat! The case is made from certified recycled, ocean bound …

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1 oz
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7. Last Object LastRound Refill

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7 LastRound Refills so you never run out. LastRound is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional cotton rounds (cotton pads). Perfect for applying toner or removing makeup. Each pad is good for up to 250 uses each. Made from 30% cotton and 70% wood fibers.

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FAQs

What are eco-friendly reusable cotton swabs made out of?

Reusable cotton swabs, like this one from Last Object, are made from a mix of glass fiber, polypropylene, and medical TPE. It also comes with a handy plastic case thats sourced from recycled items tossed into the ocean so you can still feel good about this switch because the plastic is ethically reused, too!


Do reusable cotton rounds actually work?

Yes! While it may seem a bit odd at first glance to keep these formerly one-and-done items around, you can pop them in the wash and let them air-dry for easy-breezy upkeep. They work for most of the same uses as a traditional cotton round, including toner application or nail polish remover. The supersoft, 2-ply 100% organic white cotton flannel used by Marleys Monsters is a user favorite for its luxurious texture and efficacy., just to name one. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, so its important to be choosy with what it comes in contact with. Products like this one with ingredients you can trust (and pronounce) is a game changer.


How do you use & clean reusable cotton rounds?

Grab these super-soft cotton rounds and use them to dab on makeup, wipe naturally-occurring oils from your face, or just pamper yourself after a long day. Then, pop ‘em in the washing machine and dryer like you would with your normal laundry load. Whatever you use them for, you can sleep well at night knowing that you’ll be able to use them again and again. You’ll likely also notice that your facial products spread better over the softer, more absorbent surface that reusable cotton rounds afford.


What is Grove Collaborative?

At Grove, we take the guesswork out of which products are good for you and your home. Every product meets strict standards for being nontoxic, effective, sustainable, and cruelty-free. Once you find products you love, we ship to your home on a flexible, monthly schedule.


If you're ready to make the transition to natural cleaning, beauty, and household products, shop Grove Collaborative's natural products for the eco-friendly tools to tackle the job.

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