Plastic Swabs Go in the Trash
If your cotton swabs are made from plastic, they must go in the trash.
Cardboard Is Compostable
If your cotton swabs are made from cardboard, they can be composted. Q-tip brand cotton swabs are compostable.
No Chemicals in the Compost
Do not compost cotton swabs used with chemicals such as nail polish remover.
Ways to Reduce
Choose Cardboard Over Plastic
Since plastic may never fully biodegrade, avoid disposable plastic items. Cardboard can biodegrade, so it is a more eco-friendly material.
Ways to Reuse
Use Cotton Swabs for Makeup & Cleaning
If you have leftover cotton swabs, use them to carefully apply cosmetics or clean keyboards and hair dryers. Find more ideas in Reader’s Digest.