These cotton buds/swabs launched by personal hygiene-care brand Tulips are made from certified paper and purest-grade cotton fibre, as per the company’s official press release shared with CauseBecause.

Rahul Jain, partner at Tulips, says, ‘We plan to promote these cotton buds widely and will make sure to reach every part of the country. Being the industry leader, we will be taking various initiatives to create a shift in the mind of the Indian consumer to encourage them to adopt paper stick-based cotton buds instead of plastic ones. We target to completely stop or minimise the production of plastic-stick cotton swabs by end of 2023.’

The paper sticks in these cotton buds do not splinter during usage. Other available alternatives like wood or bamboo tend to make the swab very hard and can also splinter easily. 

Tulips claims to be the first Indian company to introduce biodegradable cotton buds on a national scale and ‘make a serious initiative towards sustainable personal hygiene products’. The stems are made using FSC-certified paper. FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification means that this is a sustainable product and not made by depleting the natural forest cover.