Tuesday 1 October 2019

Review - Bamboo Cotton Buds

This is my fifth review on plastic alternatives.

Scoring system: 

❤ = Will keep, I love it / 👀 = Not sure, will try some more / 😐 = Oh dear, it's not for me

Review Five - Plastic Free Cotton Buds

Per the Cotton Bud Project site, 'In the UK alone it is estimated that we use 1.8 billion, mostly single use plastic, cotton buds every year. During a Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean in 2018, 22 cotton buds were found for every 100 meters of UK beach surveyed.'

The sad thing is that not only can the plastic breakdown into micro plastics but also marine life can accidentally ingest it too. I still have awful flashbacks of a turtle with a cotton bud wedged deeply into its nasal cavity. Truly awful and causes needless suffering to wildlife.

I decided to make the switch to bamboo cotton buds (bamboo grows quickly and absorbs CO2 as it grows making it a popular plastic alternative). Added with the knowledge too that it can compost down when disposed of it seemed like a natural choice (better to throw in compost heap rather than bin as items in items in landfill are usually sealed due to toxic waste and will not break down into nature as intended.)

I bought Alyn Organic Bamboo Cotton Wool Buds from Amazon online and found the personal touch you get from small companies is lovely too. The box comes in recycled card plus a welcome message from the company.

My Verdict?
Alyn Bamboo Cottonbuds from Amazon

For me it's a good product on multiple levels. It's organic, comes in plastic free box and the cotton buds themselves are compostable and sustainable. There's no added glues or hidden plastics and vegan friendly too.

I found even the cotton ends were really soft and silky, more than my normal shop bought cotton buds for babies! So for me it's another keeper!

Alyn Bamboo Cotton Buds