The UK Ban on Cotton Buds

Just last month, the UK government confirmed that cotton buds (along with plastic straws and drink stirrers) are to be banned from April 2020. It's incredible news for our oceans and waters, and a much needed step in the right direction. It’s so great to see the government recognising the real threat that currently poses our oceans, and with it all the wonderful life that calls it their home, but I know it can be incredibly daunting for the likes of you and me to tackle. But in the words of Greta Thunberg “no one is too small to make a difference”. And so, in that vein, I thought I’d share some plastic-free alternatives that I’ve come across that we can all start incorporating into our daily lives. Do you have any favourites that you already use?


These cotton buds are made from 100% organic cotton and bamboo meaning they’re 100% biodegradable and, brilliantly, they’re really widely available. You can find them here.


Muji, surprisingly or not, are pretty pioneering in the way they use materials for their products. They strive to use high quality, raw ingredients and these are often materials that are discarded by others simply because of their appearance - thus helping to eliminate the amount of wastage. These cotton buds, which you can find here, are made from 100% cotton with a supple paper shaft.


Planet organic may be known for their lunchtime foods, smoothies, or groceries, but they’ve got a great choice of beauty and wellbeing products - including these cotton buds, made with 100% cotton and a cardboard stem.

And whilst you’re here…

If you’re looking to support an initiative to prevent plastic entering our water sources, wildlife, and food chain take a look at City to Sea!

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