Of the vast array of personal care items, cotton swabs and rounds may be the unsung heroes of the day. Not only are they extremely versatile for daily use, but you can also purchase in bulk and simply toss in the trash when you’re finished. But is the latter part of that really a good thing?
Given how mindlessly the average person goes through cotton swabs and rounds a year, consider the impact that might have on our ecosystem. Producing enough cotton to keep up with the demand will further tax harvesters, while also creating a larger load on our environment. They gotta break down somewhere right? That’s usually the ocean or landfill, over a period of as much as 500 years. Sure, it’s easy — but at what cost?
Enter the reusable cotton swab and cotton round. These two eco-friendly alternatives are changing the bathroom game by allowing you to use them, clean them, and then use them again. It sounds great, but some people may be turned off by the “ick” factor of reusing these handy beauty and personal care tools. But clean your ears carefully so you can hear us out: The eco-friendly cotton swab (and less controversial round) is going to be your new favorite sustainable swap.