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.

What other “Q”-things can you do to protect the earth?

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William C
William C8 months ago


W. C
W. C8 months ago

Good to know, thank you.

Dot A.
Dot A5 years ago

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

Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago

I only use Q-tips

Dave C.
David C5 years ago

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

Rachel Skelly
Rachel S6 years ago

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

Lu Ann P.
Past Member 7 years ago

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

Nicole Sutton
Nicole Sutton8 years ago

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! :)

Andrea M.
Andrea M8 years ago

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!

Jessie D.
Jessie D8 years ago

Yay! I only use Q-Tip brand:)