Amazon.sg:Customer reviews: The Humble Co. Natural Bamboo Cotton Swabs (600 count) - Biodegradable, Organic Cotton Swabs and Eco friendly and Sustainable Cotton Buds for Ears, Makeup, Pet Care and Cleaning
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Eating plant-based is the biggest step you can take toward climate change, and doing better by our planet. But this year, let’s take it a step further and start to reduce our carbon footprint by making conscious choices in our everyday purchases as well.
I have been trying to do better by mother earth, and in doing so have begun to swap some of my bathroom toiletries for more eco-friendly versions.
The Humble Co. is based in Sweden, and prides themselves on being “over certified, because it matters.” All of their products are cruelty-free and certified vegan. They created their products with a mission to help those in need, and to sustain our planet, because in their words: "there is no planet b." They have created a number of eco-friendly hyenine products, from floss picks to toothpaste tablets, and even reusable face masks to help reduce the spread.
Additionally, The Humble Co donates necessary oral health care products and education through their foundation: Humble Smile Foundation. Humble Smile is a series of outreach projects, offering oral hygiene supplies and resources to the most vulnerable around the globe. The Humble Smile Foundation is: "a group of dedicated dental professionals and academics, develops models whereby volunteer teams work together with local school staff to promote specific behaviour-based preventive oral health initiatives that include dietary interventions, monitored toothbrushing and clinical procedures."
The Humble Co's cotton swabs make a statement with their sustainable bamboo sticks, and naturally dyed pink (or white, blue, or even black) cotton tips. Used for detailed cleaning, routine beauty and health care, I'd say it's about time we stepped up our game and used a version of Q-tips that are better for our environment. I like to keep mine accessible on my counter-top in a transparent glass jar, as I get to see the pretty pink fluff anytime I enter the bathroom (plus I can easily grab one whenever need be). I can attest that these cotton swabs work just as well as the high-dollar brand, but the cuteness and sustainability factors really were my major selling points.
If you switch from normal cotton swabs to this sustainable brand, there will be a big difference. They don't have a lot of cotton and don't absorb any water from ears. It feels rather pointless sticking them in my ears. You would be better off not buying them or looking for a better sustainable brand. But I love the idea of no plastic waste, the product just did not come out well.
SO glad these exist! They check all my "must-haves" like organic, natural, and eco-friendly... except, my only annoyance is that I like to keep the tips as sterile as possible by not touching the tips when I take them out of the package... the way these are packaged makes it impossible. What I end up doing is carefully dumping them into ziplock bags (not very eco-friendly) so that I am able to grab the middle instead. Most q-tip packages are made so that it is easy to grab the middles and not contaminate the tips especially if you are allowing your whole family to use them and sticking their dirty hands all in them. Other than that they are great and I will keep on buying these unless another company checks ALL my "must haves".
I absolutely love this swab. I put them in a cute crystal see through case. I get questions all the time about them. I use them for everything especially to dab at eye ducts due to allergies. Definitely don't want to use my fingers. I love the fact that they don't bend so they can take a licking when I am using them for my mixed media projects. I love that they are good for the environment. And I no longer get remits of cotton in my eye. Thank you!!!!
I like the aesthetic of these, they’re cute. I also love that they’re environmentally friendly. However the bamboo stick is a little flimsy. It could be broken very easily. These will definitely work well for some purposes and maybe not so well for others. For ear cleaning, I think I prefer name brand cotton swabs, but these will do for many other purposes.
The swabs are very sturdy and the cotton stays tightly wound. I love that they are compostable. In terms of sustainability, last swab or something similar would probably be better but this is a step in the right direction!
I do love the fact that these are made of bamboo and organic cotton, but I have had two issues. 1) I have had the stick break a couple of times while using to clean ears, and 2) I find there isn't quite enough cotton on the tips so they are not as comfortable as my regular brand.
I could see using these for other things, but not ear cleaning of me or pets.
I had bought a different product before this and it wasn’t Happy with the quality at all. I like that they are soft and sturdy both at the same time. The packaging is neat and divided into few boxes instead of all in one.