Cotton Balls, Q-Tips, & Swabs

Cotton Balls, Q-Tips, & Swabs
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Toss used cotton balls, Q-tips, and swabs in the green cart. If the Q-tips or swabs have a plastic stem, put in the gray cart (landfill).


Consider reusable make-up pads, opt for organic cotton or use Q-tips and swabs without a plastic stem.


Growing cotton is energy and water intensive. It's also considered one of the dirtiest crops due to its reliance on insecticides and other chemicals that decrease biodiversity and contaminate local water sources.

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