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Biodegradable Cotton Swabs – 100pk

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  • Compostable - EarthHero
  • Cruelty Free - EarthHero
  • BPA Free
  • Charitable
  • Vegan
  • Sustainably Harvested
  • Sustainable Lifestyle
  • Bamboo
  • Recycled Packaging

Compostable

This product contains material that can break down into soil in either a backyard or industrial composting system. These products are declared compostable by the manufacturer, but may not third-party certified. Contact your local waste-hauler or composting facility to determine where these materials may be accepted. Certain materials may be better fit for industrial facilities than backyard composting systems. Industrial facilities may not exist in your area.

Cruelty Free

Cruelty Free is a certification process through PETA that labels products that are not tested on animals. All companies that are included on PETA’s cruelty-free list have signed a statement verifying that they don’t use ingredients or create finished products that help conduct or pay for any tests on animals.

BPA Free

Products that are labeled as BPA free do not contain Bisphenol A, a chemical commonly found in plastic products. Studies on BPA exposure have shown that high levels of BPA could lead to hormone disruption, effects on behavior and brain function, reproductive problems, breast cancer, heart disease, infertility, and more.

Charitable

This company donates a portion of their time or profits to charitable efforts in their community or abroad.

Vegan

This product does not contain any animal products or byproducts, and has not been tested on animals.

Sustainably Harvested

Some or all of the ingredients or materials used to produce this item have been sustainably harvested. Sustainable practices involve managing land in ways that prevent overharvesting, preserve the natural ecosystems and animal habitats, and ensure a sustainable harvest for the future.

Sustainable Lifestyle

This product helps promote a more sustainable lifestyle. Whether it encourages re-use and the movement away from disposable products, or it promotes sustainable actions like recycling and composting, this product can help you lower your environmental footprint.

Bamboo

As a member of the grass family, bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth. It requires no irrigation, pesticides or fertilizers to grow, and can be harvested within 3-5 years, as compared to approximately 30+ years for traditional hardwoods. Bamboo is extremely adaptable and produces more oxygen per acre than large tree species, while using a fraction of the water to grow. Its durable and lightweight qualities make bamboo a great alternative for hard wood products!

Recycled Packaging

This product is packaged or shipped in materials that contain recycled content.

Cotton swabs: they're often used for 5 seconds, but with plastic handles, can stick around on our planet for 500+ years! Unlike plastic swabs, these Biodegradable Cotton Swabs from The Humble Co. are made from biodegradable and compostable materials that easily break down without harming our planet. Made from 100% sustaRead Moreinably grown and harvested bamboo paired with a cotton tip colored with natural coloring, these eco-friendly bamboo cotton swabs are extremely useful for everything from personal care to craft projects, and comes in recycled content and recyclable packaging (no plastic!) Plus, this product supports the Humble Smile Foundation, supporting oral health initiatives for those in need worldwide!

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Sustainability Features

Materials

  • Handle: 100% biodegradable, sustainably-grown bamboo
  • Tip: cotton

End of Life

  • Biodegradable and compostable

Certifications

  • Certified Cruelty-Free
  • FDA Registered

Earth Friendly Features

  • This product supports the Humble Smile Foundation, a non-profit working to bring preventive oral health initiatives to those in need worldwide – focusing on education, advocacy, and urgent oral care. The Humble Co. donates all the products that are needed by the Humble Smile Foundation to carry out this mission, as well as a portion of profits from this, and every, product!
  • These cotton swabs are made from sustainably harvested MOSO-bamboo leaves harvested from 5 meters and up. Since pandas only eat leaves they can reach, they don’t eat the bamboo The Honest Co. harvests, making this product “panda-friendly”!

Packaging

  • Packaged in recyclable box made from recycled content
  • Ships in recycled content and recyclable shipping packaging

Made Without

  • BPA free
  • Cruelty-free and vegan

Product Specifications

Additional Features

  • Biodegradable cotton swabs made from sustainably harvested bamboo in assorted colors
  • Colored with natural dyes and features a soft cotton tip
  • Pack of 100 is great for the bathroom, art projects, and more!

Returns

  • Unused, undamaged products in their original product packaging can be returned within 30 days

Specifications

  • Pack of 100

Shipping Info

  • Ships within 1 business day

About the Company

The Humble Co.

The Humble Co. is on a mission to take plastics out of the world’s oral hygiene routine. In 2013, dentist Noel Abdayem wondered if there was a way to create useful, planet friendly products that give back to communities in need. Now, through The Humble Co, Abdayem creates products from plant based and biodegradable materials, helping to keep plastic out of our oceans, one toothbrush at a time.

From their cruelty free certifications, vegan products, and give-back initiatives through The Humble Smile Foundation, the Humble Co. is using business as a force for good.

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  1. kerryoutpizza

    These are awesome

    kerryoutpizza (verified owner)

    Not only are they more eco-friendly than other cotton swabs, but they are actually better quality. The stick doesn’t bend like Q-Tips brand making it much easier to use and you don’t have to worry about accidentally using too much pressure in your ear canal. My only complaint is that they come in such a small quantity. I want a 500-pack!

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  2. Howie

    Great Swabs but Package needs improvement

    Howie

    The swabs are very nice and consistent but they are difficult to remove. The package opens at their cotton tips making it difficult to remove each swab stick from the tight package

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  3. Ana, P.

    An easy sustainable swab... I mean swap :)

    Ana, P. (verified owner)

    The Humble Co. biodegradable cotton swabs are one of those sustainable swaps that work exact like the regular thing (or almost better). The cotton is a little bit rough and stiff, but that makes it even better for cleaning and it means the swabs are sturdy and don’t frail easily. I don’t use cotton swabs that often, but when I need one these do the job: cleaning make-up mistakes and electronics, the exterior of human and pet ears, and even for art projects and small repairs.

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  4. scotikproductions

    Good alternative

    scotikproductions (verified owner)

    Just as good as normal swabs but I can feel better about using them!

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  5. swalker0077

    swalker0077 (verified owner)

    Great product! They work better than other options in my opinion! Would recommend!

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  6. sgl122191

    sgl122191 (verified owner)

    I use Qtips daily for make up appliance. This product makes me feel better about using so many! Sturdy and work just as well as the original

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  7. Sam

    Good alternative

    Sam (verified owner)

    I cannot give up qtips and I have try other alternativeside but like these the best. I love that they come in different colors but wish there was a little more cotton on the ends.

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  8. RADOUGHERTY7

    Because I can't give up q-tips

    RADOUGHERTY7 (verified owner)

    I know a lot of eco friendly people suggest giving up cotton swabs all together but I just can’t. Maybe in the future Earthhero will carry last swab and I will try it but until then I’ll be using these. The bamboo stick makes them stiffer than what I am used to but I appreciate that. The cotton does not separate from it and they are very sturdy for cleaning. Say what you will about cleaning in your ears but these really help get all the nooks and crannies of the ear.

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  9. Kubby

    I only regret not getting white, purchased the pink ones

    Kubby (verified owner)

    These are cute and work really well. Will repurchase them, but will buy in a different color. I can’t really tell when I clean my ears or other areas what is being picked up due to the color. It is also a little tougher than normal q-tips.

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  10. mikem654

    They work well!

    mikem654 (verified owner)

    These swabs work just as well as normal Q-tips. I plan on purchasing these again.

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  11. jessica.e.barnhardt

    jessica.e.barnhardt (verified owner)

    Happy to have an eco-friendly option for normal Q-tips!

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  12. lindsayhames

    lindsayhames (verified owner)

    Work just as well as less eco-friendly, normal q-tips. Love them!

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  13. ttsosie86

    ttsosie86 (verified owner)

    Love having this an alternative to the regular qtips and feel less guilty knowing it is compostable. Will definitely buy again.

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  14. e.kepl

    Great Zero-Waste Option!

    e.kepl (verified owner)

    I love these cotton swabs and it is great that they are compostable, as you would think all would be! I find these to be better made than the generic Q-tips as the bamboo handle is more sturdy and the cotton is tightly bound so it doesn’t come undone as easy. They are very effective and soft, however, definitely a little pricy and wish a larger size was available! Overall great product that is better than the cheap large brands!

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  15. marta.rohner01

    marta.rohner01 (verified owner)

    Just as good as normal swabs but I can feel better about using them!

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  16. cmpdreamgirl

    Magic

    cmpdreamgirl (verified owner)

    Practically perfect in every way!

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  17. jt13815

    jt13815 (verified owner)

    Pricier than your usual swabs.

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  18. carmenjosaunders

    carmenjosaunders (verified owner)

    Smaller than traditional cotton swabs but overall good

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  19. Dan

    Great alternative, a little pricey

    Dan (verified owner)

    These are definitely high-quality swabs. I had switched from the standard cotton swabs to a plastic cleanable reusable alternative, but it was rough on the ears. This was a good middle ground between unsustainable disposables and plastic discomfort. My one complaint is that it’s kind of expensive for only 100 swabs. The box arrived and I was a little disappointed by how much I was getting for my money.

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  20. lauragaring1989

    Great Q Tips!

    lauragaring1989 (verified owner)

    I love these q tips! I did think that they looked smaller than most q tips that I’ve used in the past but that honestly works better for my needs anyways. It would be nice if there was a larger quantity size amount but for now this works perfect for me. I kind of like that it takes up less space in my tiny apartment! Thanks!

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  21. Brightme3

    Better than the alternative

    Brightme3 (verified owner)

    I have the blue and I like the fun color but of course most important of all is the effectiveness and that is A+ too. I actually think they work better than what I was using before because the handle is sturdier and the cotton doesn’t come loose (very tightly woven). My ears always feel clean afterwards too so final word is it does the trick and better!

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  22. klolau

    Great quality

    klolau (verified owner)

    I love these! Packaging was nice and easy to recycle. The texture is soft and easy on the skin. My partner loved how they don’t fall apart when being used.

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  23. missaleajodavis

    missaleajodavis (verified owner)

    Functional and cute. I think next time I will stick to white though. It’s hard to tell when your done because with the color you can’t see how clean the q tip comes out.

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  24. amber_justine_gonzalez

    Too cute

    amber_justine_gonzalez (verified owner)

    I purchased the purple colored cotton swabs and I fell in love. I’ve been looking for a more sustainable ear swab option and these called to me. I will definitely be purchasing again. They work very well and recommend them as replacement to regular ear swabs.

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  25. abigailhoffer

    Mostly awesome

    abigailhoffer (verified owner)

    These cotton swabs are absolutely fine and there is very little difference between these and the ones in the average drug store (besides the biodegradable aspect of course). My only issue is that the bamboo stick is a little fragile and I broke two of them just by pulling them out of the packaging to put them in a different container. I don’t mind that they’re fragile and to me it’s totally worth it for a biodegradable product, but just something to mention!

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  26. trinitompkins

    trinitompkins (verified owner)

    Great product! Just like normal Q-tips but completely compostable!

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  27. Lindsay

    Cotton Tips

    Lindsay (verified owner)

    These are seriously AWESOME! Just like a regular one but this is a great alternative!

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  28. Question

    Mel

    so the entire thing can be placed in compost ? after use

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      Hi, Mel! Yes, the whole q-tip can be placed in the compost bin after use 🙂

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  29. Weili

    good cotton tip

    Weili (verified owner)

    Works well. My only issue is that the stick breaks during use with the way I use it to clean my ear.

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  30. Amanda

    Eco friendly

    Amanda (verified owner)

    great cotton tips.

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  31. mountaintricia

    Plastic free

    mountaintricia (verified owner)

    Great biodegradable alternative. Would be nice to have the option of a larger amount as the box of 100 is quite small.

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  32. monicagarafano

    monicagarafano (verified owner)

    these work amazing and i would never switch back!

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  33. baileyzempel

    baileyzempel (verified owner)

    These are perfect! the cotton tips don’t come off when you’re using them and the colored ones are cute!

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  34. Anna

    Anna (verified owner)

    I like that these are natural, just a little smaller than regular q-tips tho.

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  35. emma.woolley318

    Good

    emma.woolley318 (verified owner)

    I really like these q-tips, they work great for makeup mishaps! The only thing I’ve noticed that is a little different is that if you’re using them to apply anything like spot treatment, they will soak up a large portion of the product, probably since the cotton is higher quality. However, a great switch for that is to purchase a reusable silicone applicator, which you can just clean afterwards. I use a makeup “spatula” I had and it does the trick!

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  36. dir9316

    dir9316 (verified owner)

    Really like these as transitioning to another sustainable product. Smaller than the average Q-tip were used to but works well regardless.

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  37. Nicole

    So far so good

    Nicole (verified owner)

    Works great!

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  38. gothic.nightstorm

    Great for makeup

    gothic.nightstorm (verified owner)

    I love these swabs because they’re not too fluffy. They’re great for cleaning up makeup and precise smudging. Works fine for cleaning ears too. Highly recommend for makeup users!

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  39. Hayley

    They work

    Hayley (verified owner)

    They work like all the other q-tips i’ve used but more sustainable! Yay!

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  40. Question

    Abbie

    Can you compost them with ear wax on them?

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      Hey Abbie – you totally can! Similar to composting used tissues, these cotton swabs will break down just fine with a little ear wax 🙂

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  41. aaacarrasco10

    Very surprised with this product

    aaacarrasco10 (verified owner)

    The color was more of a pink (I ordered purple) but that does not really matter to me. They are soft in the ear and get the job done. The stick is a bit fragile and I have broken about three while using them but that might be user error. I’m definitely buying jus these from now on. I just wish they would sell in bigger quantities 🙂

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