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KICK LANDFILL WASTE RIGHT IN THE COTTON BALLS
Considering that it takes about 2700 litres of water to make enough cotton for a t-shirt, opting for pads that can be recycled seems to be an easy choice.
In the evening, I always remove my make-up with cotton pads. I already changed to natural oils (I use jojoba oil for cleansing, more on that in a upcoming post) to benefit both myself and the environment, but the cotton disks seemed harmless enough to me. I mean, they are made of cotton, which is a natural material, and the plastic tubes they are sold in can be recycled in The Netherlands.
MILLIONS OF PADS GO TO WASTE
But still. I use one pad a night. That is 7 pads a week. Around 28 a month. 336 per year. And that is just me. Consider the total of women in the world who go through a similar ritual per day. Jikes. That's millions and millions per year! Even though cotton can be recycled, the production process costs millions liters of water. Which is not comparable to washing these along with your clothes one time a week.
TRYING OUT HOMEMADE PADS
I found this cute crochet design for making pads of cotton fiber. I made them a year ago, but didn't really use them. Gradually, I got on track with my environmental quest again, and started to use them daily. And actually, they are not as good as cotton pads… they are even better! They do absorb more of the oil that I use, so that's a little minus, but on the plus side, they exfoliate my face and my skin has been feeling better then ever. They work quite perfect for me.
CLEANING THE PADS
So I have bought another ball of cotton yarn and started to make more. They are easy to store in a cute container in the bathroom and can be collected in a little wash net. Just wash them in the machine, the net will keep them in one piece. Mascara is hard to remove from the pads, but they are still clean and usable, even when they appear a little stained. Maybe I could use some lemon juice to bleach them back to their original whiteness.
The fun thing is, when you make them yourself, you can use any shade of cotton you'd like. If you like pink pads, go right ahead! Just pick 100% cotton to craft them with, and go for biological one's if you can find it! I also found a brand which sells bamboo yarn, which could also be a nice alternative!
The pattern can be found below on the blog of "What You Sow". They are easy to make, and if you aren't that handy, you can order them here. I might be able to make some for you as well. If you do not like them, there are other reusable cloths on the market that will do the exact same thing. And want it to be really easy: just cut an (old) towel to tiny squares, that will do the trick just as well!
So, ditch the cotton make-up pads and go for reusable ones! Now the thing I still need is a substitute for cotton swabs.. I use wooden ones with cotton tips, but there should be an alternative right? Onwards with the search!
Other interesting links on the subject of cotton balls replacement:
Where to buy them:
If you run a (Google) search you can find many options available for purchase in your own country.
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