Use reusable cotton buds

Plastic cotton buds or q-tip sticks were found to be one of the top 10 waste items found on UK beaches between 2015 and 2018. They are washed out through the waste water system. Swapping to a reusable q-tip reduces single-use plastic waste.

1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds are used in England each year.



  • Easy to use and clean.
  • The LastSwab reusable comes with in with a corn-based carry case.
  • Removes the need for single-use cotton buds.


  • Needs washing and care.

Making a difference

One reusable cotton bud can replace 1,000 single-use cotton buds.

There are hundreds of other ways to solve plastic pollution

Alexandra Tran