Making our Bamboo Cotton Swabs

Story & Process of making Cotton Swabs

How it all started

You’ve probably already seen that famous picture by photographer Justin Hofman of the seahorse grabbed on to a plastic cotton swab stick. What you probably didn’t know is that that same picture was taken in Indonesia.

As the photographer explained in a recent interview “This image was a perfect combination of our experiences in Indonesia {…} Amazing wildlife, but terrible pollution.”

The reality is that when I (Diego) walk my dog ‘Chili’ on the beach, we come across a pretty astonishing number of plastic swab sticks. They’re easily recognizable because they look like blue, pink or white mini plastic straws, and as you can imagine, I have a ‘plastic waste radar’ built in my brain by now.

Seeing these small harmful sticks made us think that there had to be an alternative. We looked everywhere for them, in Bali, in Indonesia, in South East Asia, and nothing. We couldn’t find a single producer that actually made them. Luckily, the same person we spoke with about our bamboo toothbrushes was able to also provide us with the best bamboo cotton swabs in the market, and like with the bamboo toothbrushes, gave us much more information and transparency than we ever hoped for.

How are our Bamboo Cotton Swabs made.

If you’ve read any of the rest of the product “how-to’s” you probably already know the first step is always where to find the bamboo. The bamboo we use for our bamboo cotton swabs is Moso Bamboo, a species of giant bamboo that comes from China. Although bamboo is not considered wood, we still managed to source our Moso bamboo from sustainable sources that are FSC certified (Forest Stewardship Council).

how are bamboo cotton swabs made by Bali Boo
how are bamboo cotton swabs made by Bali Boo

The cotton we use is organically grown, and although it’s not cotton made for textile per se, it comes from the same source of GOTS certified textiles (Global Organic Textile Standard).

The process of making a cotton swab is very similar to making toothpicks. A single stalk of Moso Bamboo can make thousands of little sticks, which are then wrapped on the tips with Organic Cotton. The whole process is hardly handmade, but it is done with the highest standards of quality and safety.

Our Bamboo Cotton swabs are 100% biodegradable, so after using them, you can throw them in the compost bin, where they will degrade in weeks. They are also FSC, FDA, CE, and GOTS certified, so you can be sure that they are the highest quality possible.

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