Go Buy Now: S.W. Basics’ Eco Cotton Rounds
With all the time spent recycling, carrying reusable grocery bags, and carefully reading labels, it’s surprising nobody’s thought about the impact cotton balls have on the environment—until now. More pesticides are used on conventionally-grown cotton than any other crop, according to numerous sources, like the Organic Trade Association, not to mention that cotton balls and their packaging build up in landfills.
Enter S.W. Basics’ Eco Cotton Rounds ($22), a set of eight organic, unbleached, reusable cotton circles designed for applying products like toner and makeup remover. They’re softer than you think and will save you about $50 a year (if you’re using a few cotton balls a day). They’re easy to clean—just place them in the included bag and toss in the washing machine. They won’t work for everything—we don’t recommend using them to remove nail polish!—but they’re a healthier and more eco-friendly place to start.