Conventional cotton wool buds for the ears are made with plastic sticks that never break down in landfill. These are a complete game changer - 100% biodegradable cotton swabs made from bamboo and soft cotton. They come in a lovely box made from recycled cardboard, and there are 100 cotton buds per box.
The German makers of these cotton swabs, Hydrophil, are pretty fantastic. All of Hydrophil's products are water-neutral, vegan & fair-trade, plus they donate 10% of all their profits to a non-profit organisation called Viva con Agua who campaign to provide access to clean drinking water for people worldwide!