During plastic-free July, I shared some great crowd funding campaigns to reduce plastic waste.
One of those campaigns was Last Swab.
What Is Last Swab?
Last Swab is a low waste swap for cotton swabs.
It's essentially a reusable cotton swab that can be washed and comes with a protective case.
What Is Last Swab Made Of?
Last Swab Review
Last Swab comes in two styles: Basic and Beauty. If you are a careful user of cotton swabs to clean your ears... then you are looking for the Basic edition. It looks very similar to a traditional cotton swab, only the ends are a sturdy, yet flexible material with lots of little bumps/bubbles to create texture for water or wax to stick to.
If you use cotton swabs to perfect your make-up look then the beauty edition is for you. It has a smooth surface on either end, but with two different shapes - one rounded like a traditional cotton swab and the other with a slight point for more precise work. It also has a firm, yet flexible nature, but the finish on it is different and almost feels slightly tacky to me. Tacky as in texture, not quality.
The carrying case has a designated spot for your Last Swab to latch in. It swivels open and lightly snaps shut. It's ergonomically designed with a notch for your thumb and index finger to easily push it open. There is also a loop at the opposite end and I suppose you could use this to hang it on a hook in your cabinet if you had one or even attach it to something with a carabiner if you needed to for some reason?
You will probably still need to keep some cotton swabs on hand for guests or for any medical applications. Just try to go with biodegradable options like these bamboo handled cotton swabs.