My Plastic-free Life - Topic: Q tips? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/ Simple:Press Version 5.6.3.1 sunnyside on Q tips? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p1652 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p1652 Just wanted to give an update on the bamboo cotton buds. They are excellent - definitely a workable product. The cotton part is not as thick as 'some' plastic sticked cotton buds I've used, then again it's thicker than some. But to repeat - completely workable.

Due to the cost of them I'm still keeping pretty tight rules about how many and how often the kids can use them. But lets face it, overusing anything, even an environmentally friendly product, is wasteful. 

I can't buy them locally so when I was placing an order online I bought extra at the same time.

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Wed, 09 Sep 2015 23:44:40 -0700
sunnyside on Q tips? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p1552 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p1552 I am about to buy and try these:

http://www.biome.com.au/natura.....34301.html

 

They are biodegradable and compostable. Personally I just use a bit of cloth most of the time but my daughter is dead keen on 'cotton buds' so I'm looking forward to trying these. They are expensive compared to the regular plastic ones but it's such a wasteful product - all those sticks getting thrown away! - so I think it's worth it.

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Wed, 11 Feb 2015 22:27:54 -0800
Beth Terry on Q tips? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p1428 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p1428 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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Tue, 21 Jan 2014 07:08:44 -0800
alotis2words on Q tips? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p1427 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p1427 I just found these online. I haven't bought them but likely will sooner or later

 

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

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Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:40:29 -0800
julsie on Q tips? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p657 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p657 Cool!  I'll have to see if I can talk the hubby into giving up his Q-tip habit. 

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Wed, 04 Jan 2012 08:04:28 -0800
Melissa B on Q tips? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p652 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p652 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.

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Tue, 03 Jan 2012 21:51:25 -0800
julsie on Q tips? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p546 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p546 Drat!  I already ordered mine. 

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Mon, 24 Oct 2011 07:05:43 -0700
Beth Terry on Q tips? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p544 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p544 Sadly, Valerie says they come shrink-wrapped in plastic.  :-(  Oh well.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2011 01:59:28 -0700
Beth Terry on Q tips? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p542 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p542 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.

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Sun, 23 Oct 2011 13:01:05 -0700
julsie on Q tips? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p540 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p540 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. 

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Sun, 23 Oct 2011 10:58:06 -0700
Eve Stavros on Q tips? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p518 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p518 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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Thu, 13 Oct 2011 07:43:16 -0700
Beth Terry on Q tips? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p517 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p517 Oh, assuming you wanted to use them to clean your ears. I sometimes forget there are many other uses for Q tips.

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Tue, 11 Oct 2011 21:43:37 -0700
Beth Terry on Q tips? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p516 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p516 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.  

 

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

 

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

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Tue, 11 Oct 2011 21:43:02 -0700
Lisa on Q tips? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p515 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/q-tips/#p515 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

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