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To: Australian Retailers

Ban Retailers from Selling Plastic Cotton Buds in Australia

Ban Retailers from Selling Plastic Cotton Buds in Australia

Help reduce plastic pollution in Australian rivers and seas by asking retailers to switch own-brand cotton bud stems from plastic to paper.

Why is this important?

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.

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 Australian-caught fish. And pieces that don't get eaten break down into microplastics, forming part of a dangerous plastic smog in our seas.

Retailers are listening - major retailer Kmart sells Paper Stem Cotton Tips in their stores. Now we need to make sure the other retailers do the same.

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 remaining retailers to Switch the Stick from plastic to paper.

Your voice will be heard!

Sophia and the Switch the Stick Australia team

Reasons for signing

  • These of plastic on these buds is unnecessary and unwarranted.
  • Use the ones with a paper stick instead for the sake of the environment and animals
  • I see these all the time washed up at the beach. Absolutely no reason for them not to be in cardboard/paper. Well done on creating this petition


2020-10-28 16:42:31 +1100

100 signatures reached

2020-08-20 20:51:22 +1000

50 signatures reached

2020-08-06 17:53:29 +1000

25 signatures reached

2020-08-06 11:02:00 +1000

10 signatures reached