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October 11, 2011
12:43 pm
Lisa
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I am currently running out of my q-tips and want to find them in non-plastic packaging.  Seems like i am out of luck! I have looked around everywhere.  Does anyone have any ideas or even what company to order online? 

Thank you

October 11, 2011
9:43 pm
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So far I haven't found any without plastic. Even the organic ones come with in a cardboard box wrapped in plastic. You could try switching to a Japanese ear pick.  

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear_pick

 

They come wrapped in plastic, but you only have to buy it once.

October 11, 2011
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Oh, assuming you wanted to use them to clean your ears. I sometimes forget there are many other uses for Q tips.

October 13, 2011
7:43 am
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You could try this neat trick I saw a manicurist do once and which I've adapted - make your own! Take an orange stick (or the "back end" of a fine wooden artist's brush, which I use for eye shadow, so it's in my makeup drawer) and wrap/swirl it with a piece of a cotton ball.  When finished, throw away the cotton part and re-use the stick. Cotton is available plastic free at the drugstore, and the orange stick/artist's brush at any crafts store.

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October 23, 2011
10:58 am
julsie
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I just stumbled across these and thought of this thread:

http://www.greenfeet.com/Cotto.....1-0000.htm

I haven't actually ordered from this company, but it says they're packed in recycled cardboard. 

October 23, 2011
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Julsie, that's potentially exciting.  I just emailed Valerie from Greenfeet to see if the box contains any plastic.  The organic Swisspers swabs come in a cardboard box, but it is shrink-wrapped in plastic.

October 24, 2011
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Sadly, Valerie says they come shrink-wrapped in plastic.  :-(  Oh well.

October 24, 2011
7:05 am
julsie
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Drat!  I already ordered mine. 

January 3, 2012
9:51 pm
Melissa B
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Totally check out the ear pick! J-list sells them. http://www.jlist.com/search/al.....ar_cleaner
I think they work better than Qtips because you scrape out gunk. Just be careful. Oh, they work best fresh out of the shower - I think ear gunk is softer then.

January 4, 2012
8:04 am
julsie
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Cool!  I'll have to see if I can talk the hubby into giving up his Q-tip habit. 

January 20, 2014
6:40 pm
alotis2words
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I just found these online. I haven't bought them but likely will sooner or later

 

http://www.vermontcountrystore.....s%29/H4052

January 21, 2014
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Cool. But I wonder if the box is wrapped in plastic. That's one reason I don't buy swabs anymore. I can find ones with cardboard sticks, but the box is shrink wrapped.

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