Ban proposed on plastic straws and cotton buds

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"Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned in England as part of the government's bid to cut plastic waste.

Announcing a consultation on a possible ban ministers said 8.5bn plastic straws were thrown away in the UK every year.

Theresa May will urge leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which starts later, to follow the UK's lead in tackling the problem."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43817287

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Yes, plastic causes huge environmental damage. Mr Gove is doing a great job as the environment secretary.
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Fair enough banning plastic straws, but if there are no cotton buds then how do you clean your ears? The OP doesn't seem to have information on cotton bud waste. While it is a great idea to cut down on plastic, I personally think it's all too little, too late. Cutting down/banning plastic doesn't do anything to eradicate the waste that's already accumulated.
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Fair enough banning plastic straws, but if there are no cotton buds then how do you clean your ears? The OP doesn't seem to have information on cotton bud waste. While it is a great idea to cut down on plastic, I personally think it's all too little, too late. Cutting down/banning plastic doesn't do anything to eradicate the waste that's already accumulated.
I'm curious what the alternative will be too.
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That was the last straw it seems.
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I disagree, I'm sure there's other more productive things that can be done first before banning plastic straws and cotton buds.
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(Original post by Know Your Enemy)
Fair enough banning plastic straws, but if there are no cotton buds then how do you clean your ears? The OP doesn't seem to have information on cotton bud waste. While it is a great idea to cut down on plastic, I personally think it's all too little, too late. Cutting down/banning plastic doesn't do anything to eradicate the waste that's already accumulated.
You aren't supposed to clean your ears with cotton buds anyway, it's apparently pretty bad for you. Plus, the useful part of a cotton bud is the cotton, so surely they could just replace the plastic part with something durable but less environmentally damaging, like reinforced cardboard or something.
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It’s good to start with the smaller things and get gradually bigger.
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I’m sure we can do both at once.
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It’s good to start with the smaller things and get gradually bigger.
(Original post by anosmianAcrimony)
I’m sure we can do both at once.
Tbh I actually disagree because I like my plastic straw. I have no debate really
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Fair enough. As you can see by my avatar pic, I may have a slight pro Gove bias...
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(Original post by Know Your Enemy)
Fair enough banning plastic straws, but if there are no cotton buds then how do you clean your ears? The OP doesn't seem to have information on cotton bud waste. While it is a great idea to cut down on plastic, I personally think it's all too little, too late. Cutting down/banning plastic doesn't do anything to eradicate the waste that's already accumulated.
Interestingly there isn't really any further information in the article either, though I did find a related one that talks more about cotton buds: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-42640680.

Also as mentioned by a previous poster, cotton buds aren't really supposed to be used to clean your ears anyway, so I don't think that's necessarily a negative impact if they're banned entirely instead of just a change in material.
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please give an example
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What are cotton buds used for if not cleaning your ears? And what are you supposed to use instead? Fair enough trying to make them from a different material though, that makes sense.

Paper straws would be okay too, though it's likely they'd get demonised at some point in the future for rainforests being chopped down. Maybe bring your own metal straw.
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What are cotton buds used for if not cleaning your ears?
I use them to tidy up my nails after I paint them.
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I use them to tidy up my nails after I paint them.
Fair enough. Is that their intended purpose?
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Fair enough. Is that their intended purpose?
Probably not for most people. I mainly use them for my nails but also to clean my ears too.
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How do cotton buds end up in the ocean anyway? Do people take them to the beach or something?

I thought most people would throw them in the bin in their bathroom. Unless they flush them down the toilet instead, but even then, we don't discharge dirty sewage into the Thames any more.

I like my cotton buds costing £2. If the cost goes up to £2.50 or £3 for them to be biodegradable... ok. But any more than that and it'll be stupid I think.
My main question is: how does this trash end up in the ocean in the first place?
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(Original post by Know Your Enemy)
Fair enough banning plastic straws, but if there are no cotton buds then how do you clean your ears? The OP doesn't seem to have information on cotton bud waste. While it is a great idea to cut down on plastic, I personally think it's all too little, too late. Cutting down/banning plastic doesn't do anything to eradicate the waste that's already accumulated.
They could very easily be made out of wood or cardboard.

Though, cotton buds are actually a really bad way of cleaning your ears. They tend to just push wax deeper into the canal, which irritates the eardrum and WILL damage your hearing in the long term.

Personally I put a drop of olive oil in each ear once a week, plug with some cotton wool, leave for an hour, then gently rinse them out with some lukewarm saltwater. I NEVER poke anything into my ears.
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Well, at least you admit it
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