when I was young, my father always said that the family that cleans their ears together stays together. still today, when I am home visiting, we will each grab a cotton swab and (as he says) dig for gold. maybe too much information, but it leads to an important question: when trying to live waste free, what does one do with cotton swabs?
on the first day of the year, I set a goal to not produce more trash in a year than what would fit in my bathroom trash bin. the next day, I looked at the can and the only thing there was one cotton swab from the day before – one side per ear. and I tried to imagine how full the bin would be with 365 cotton swabs at the end of the year. or perhaps there was another way to dispose of these so they did not end up in a landfill?
turns out there is! as long as the cotton swab centers are cardboard and not plastic, they can be composted along with your other food and garden scraps. no waste!
sincerely, Sara Kathleen