Cotton buds

cotton buds

Cotton buds made with plastic stems can't be recycled and should go in your rubbish bin. A more sustainable solution is to buy cotton buds made with paper or bamboo stems. These still can't be recycled, but they are made from more sustainable materials, and if they do escape into the environment, will biodegrade much faster and cause far less damage than plastic ones. Plastic-stemmed cotton buds are due to be banned from sale in the UK from 2020, so watch this space!