Fidra
PLASTIC FREE BEACHES
KEEP PLASTIC COTTON BUDS OUT OF MARINE LITTER

  • Plastic cotton buds disposed of down toilets enter the sewage system
  • Storm events and blockages result in the release of plastic cotton buds out to sea with untreated sewage
  • The physical structure of plastic cotton buds enables them to bypass the filters of many waste water treatment works and be released to sea with treated sewage
  • At sea plastic cotton buds can attract and concentrate background pollutants to toxic levels
  • Mistaken for food by many animals, plastic cotton buds and the toxins coating them can enter the food chain

take the pledge

 


Brands of Non Plastic Cotton Buds - Our Good Buddies

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    Muji Black
    Cotton Buds

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    Muji
    Cotton Buds

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    Organyc
    Cotton Wool Buds

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    essential Waitrose 
    Cotton Wool Buds

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    Co-operative Fairtrade
    Cotton Wool Buds

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    Marks & Spencer Fairtrade
    Cotton Buds

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    Body Shop Organic
    Cotton Buds

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    Johnson's
    Cotton Buds

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    Muji Thin
    Cotton Buds

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    Simply Gentle Organic
    Cotton Buds

ScotGov



Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

“The Cotton Bud Project and its goal to drive change within the industry towards the use of alternatives to plastic sticksis a great example of the valuable work that Fidra do raising awareness of marine litter issues and contributing to the implementation of Scotland’s first Marine Litter Strategy.”


Keep Scotland Beautiful
“As an environmental charity we aim to help people change the way they think about Scotland’s environment and encourage them to take action to improve and protect it.  We are proud to support The Cotton Bud Project, and will actively encourage people to take the good buddy pledge and to dispose of used cotton buds in a bin, rather than flush them down the toilet”.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful

The Cotton Bud Project

 

The Cotton Bud Project aims to engage concerns over plastic cotton bud sticks in marine litter and encourage industry to switch to alternative biodegradable materials, such as rolled paper. 

 

Cotton bud sticks flushed down toilets by consumers continue to be a pollution issue despite 'Do Not Flush' labelling, public education campaigns and improved sewage treatment.


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