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Q is for Q-Tips

Q is for Q-Tips

Many types of cotton swabs have plastic spindles. Use cotton swabs with cardboard spindles. (The Q-Tip brand itself actually uses cardboard spindles, as many of you have mentioned in the comments). If 10% of U.S. households switched to a paperboard spindle, the petroleum energy saved per year would be equivalent to over 150,000 gallons of gasoline. Uses for Q Tips.

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3:03PM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Q-Tips! they ARE the cutest!!! [and my personal preference!] Glad to remember another reason why they're just the BEST!

2:55PM PST on Jan 30, 2013

I only use Q-tips

1:59PM PST on Jan 30, 2013

we buy cardboard/paper spindle q-tips and compost when used.....

4:20PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

the ones made of plastic suck anyway! they bend so easily

11:55PM PDT on Oct 17, 2010

or just give 'em up entirely. i'm just sayin.

11:02AM PDT on Jul 5, 2010

It's the smallest things that make the biggest impact. Another small detail to consider, if you buy gum that has paper wrappers instead of metal type, think of all that could be saved! :)

9:41PM PDT on Jun 21, 2010

The next time I buy Q-Tips, I'm going to make sure they have a cardboard spindle. What would I do without these great members to remind me of the smallest things to save the earth!

6:20AM PDT on May 6, 2010

Yay! I only use Q-Tip brand:)

4:21PM PDT on May 1, 2010

Q-Tips brand (with the cardboard stems), with just a dab of alcohol, are great for cleaning computer keyboards. (shut the computer off first of course). But they seem to be perfect for cleaning in between the keys. I've also found that if I need to clean a spot on our beige carpet, that using just a tiny bit of carpet cleaner and a Q-Tip works a treat. Wet and scrub with one end and dry with the other. But, yes, the plastic spindled ones are very flimsy anyway.'s true, you should never clean your ear canal with them, because of wax impacting...but great for all the outer ear parts, amongst other things.

11:04AM PDT on May 1, 2010

Interesting and important.

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