Beaches at risk

There is worldwide documentation of plastic cotton buds in marine litter.

As a widely recognized part of the marine pollution issue, they having been recorded in remote, undeveloped sites as well as heavily populated areas of both developed and developing parts of the world. They feature in the guidelines of both the Marine Conservation Society UK, the Europe-wide OSPAR Commission for monitoring marine litter on beaches and the US National Marine Debris Monitoring Program.

Please contact us if you have any additional reports or records with details of cotton buds in marine litter to add to our map