Did you know that every day, around Europe alone, we use more than fifty million plastic cotton buds? By 2050, there will probably be more plastic than fish swimming in our oceans…

Every year, over 39,4 billion swabs are used and thrown away in the European Union alone. The cosmetic industry in Europe uses enough swabs to line the entire globe every 5 days. This without all the big beverage brands, events, and the hospitality industry. To Seas At Risk and The Plastic Soup Foundation, "Over time, plastic falls apart into small fragments, transforming all the water around us into a big soup full of microplastics. These particles enter the marine food chain because plankton and other small animals mistake them for food." Although the size of the cotton buds is small, their impact is huge.