One of my favourite things about being in a network of other ethical bloggers is that often they’ll post about a topic I’d never even thought about. My ability to then share their posts with my audience means that everyone gets more informed, and everyone gets to see who I look to for inspiration and tips myself. Leotie Lovely is definitely one such person, I’ve shared her posts on the blog a few times before because they’re just so useful! Recently she posted about converting from using cotton buds to a more sustainable alternative; I don’t really use these myself and never really have but, as a household staple for many, I realised some of you guys may find that information super handy.
Below are her words…
Let me just say, before I get started, how ridiculous it feels to shoot cotton swabs. My husfriend took off to Geneva for a proper shoot leaving me with my battered little iphone, attempting to get a ‘cool’ shot of these biodegradable cotton swabs … the least visually inspiring thing we own.
There’s basically no way to ‘capture the essence’ of a cotton swab without lining up any available cosmetics in a ‘flat lay’, which ends up looking like the looks like an ad for a zero waste serial killer, kit – or – as I went for, displaying the buds like one of the “treasures untold” from Ariel’s trove … which ends up looking like you think the things are holy.
Our newly adopted cat was so unimpressed with the kerfuffle (s)he demanded to go outside and now, 6 hours later, has yet to return.
Though I’m sure this riveting reflection has you at the edge of your seats, I shall move on and get us back to the sustainable switch business.
Most of us have been scolded by our mothers at least once about the dangers of shoving cotton topped beauties into our drums – or read the finger waggers online warning the use of cotton swabs pushes the wax further into the ear causing various health issues.
There is very little info online, on the effects these little cotton creatures have on our planet, nor the sustainable solutions offered to rectify their wrongs. I have no stats on how many ear buds reach our landfills each year, but you can guess, based on your own personal use, what that might be … Just to get your imagination running, Unilever manufactures 25.5 billion cotton swabs under the brand Q-tip each year, and that’s only one of many brands out there.