Ocean Pollution: It is worrying to think that 99% of all sea birds will have consumed plastic by 2050. By 2050, there is expected to be more plastic in the ocean than fish. The impact on marine life is clear, but how it may affect communities around the world that live off fishing and where their main source of protein comes from fish remains to be seen. Non-recyclable and small enough to go unnoticed they are one of the most common plastic waste found on beaches.
Fossil fuels: By using single-use plastics we are dangerously signaling to companies that there is a high demand for fossil fuels.
Water use: There are two ways of wasting water by using single-use cotton swabs. One is caused by water from plastic production and the other is caused by cotton production.
Since the cotton used in single-use ear swabs is mostly from non-ecological, organic, or sustainable sources, the water used in their production is not efficient.LastSwab is the original zero waste alternative to the everyday cotton swab or Q tip. Made from high-quality, durable TPE and PP material. You can also look at LastSwab Beauty from LastObjectNZ.
Permanent alternative to single-use swabs
Now the good and good news, there are alternatives that are either plastic-free and biodegradable, or reusable, eliminating the single-use problem altogether. We love these permanent alternatives to plastic ear swabs:
Reusable ear swab
Forget buying and throwing away single-use plastic ear swabs. With this reusable cotton swab from LastObject, made from silicone, you can help save the planet over 1000 single-use swabs. Easy to clean and very durable, you just need to clean them with warm water and a little soap and they are ready to go again!
Reusable makeup swab
This Makeup Q-Tip is a reusable, durable, and hygienic alternative to cotton swabs and buds. With specially designed tips for cosmetics and makeup or touch-ups. Who said makeup can't be durable?
You now have the knowledge, solutions, and power to implement this small change that makes a huge difference to our planet and marine life. Be sure to teach and share what you learn along the way because together we are the solution!