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Reduce plastic by asking retailers to switch cotton bud stem from plastic to paper

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Plastic cotton bud stems are one of the top 10 item of plastic, sewage-related debris on our beaches and rivers - yet retailers could help prevent this by switching the stick from plastic to paper.

In the marine environment, plastics can be eaten by marine life, often with fatal consequences. Plastic is found in the stomachs of Loggerhead Turtles, Seabirds and many species of caught fish. And pieces that don't get eaten break down into microplastics, forming part of a dangerous plastic smog in our seas.

Now we need to make sure the cotton bud manufacturers in India change the stem from plastic to paper... which is why we need to show them how many of us support the switch to paper!

Even paper stem cotton buds shouldn’t be flushed down the loo. But if they are, they're less likely to pass through sewage filters and will quickly biodegrade if they escape.

So please sign and share our petition to ask the Indian retailers to Switch the Stick from plastic to paper.

This campaign is inspired by successful drive in UK led by

Special mention to Rob Greenfield via whom I got to know about CityToSea's inspirational story.

Picture credit: Justin Hofman

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