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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.
They come wrapped in plastic, but you only have to buy it once.
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.
I am about to buy and try these:
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.
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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