A petition proposing that supermarket retailers switch from plastic to paper cotton buds has been launched. The petition aims to cut down on the environmental impact of an item which many people flush down their toilets.
Marks and Spenser and the Co-operative already sell paper cotton buds. Tesco, Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Waitrose and Johnson and Johnson have also recently made the change from paper to plastic; Sainsbury’s and Asda within the last week. The petition is targeting outlets such as Boots, Morrisons, Lidl, Aldi, Superdrug and Wilkinsons; whom they report have taken the issue under consideration.
A statement from the Marine Conservation Society, who initiated the online petition on the website ’38 Degrees’, states: “Plastic cotton bud stems are the number one 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.”
The plastic pollutes the marine environment as well as entering the digestive system of marine animals like Loggerhead Turtles, Seabirds and Fish.
The petition has gained almost 140,000 signatures.