Beauty and the (Cotton) Beast

It’s the end of your workday. To relax, nothing is better than a facial cleaning. As you grab a cotton disc, you are thinking to the miles you drive every day to work. You keep driving while the radio reminds you how much we are all guilty of destroying the environment. Well, what can you do about that?


A piece of the solution is right in your hand: the cleansing cotton rounds.


It does seem like a harmless little thing but it is actually a monster for the environment. Have you ever thought about what is behind this mask of silky fibers?

The cotton flower grows in humid and sunny areas, especially in China, India or Brazil. Its cultivation, therefore, requires a lot of water and deforested spaces.

The preparation and transport of your small cotton discs also consume electricity and oil. The two accomplices, of course, largely participate in greenhouse gas emissions, particularly CO2 emissions. Such monstrous-looking cotton!


Here is the truth behind your cleansing cotton rounds: you can easily replace them with reusable washable discs. Whether made from organic cotton, bamboo or vegetable fibers, they will last for years. Reusable cotton discs are convenient, eco-friendly and a good trick for money-savings!

A tip shared by Françoise



After one month of using your washable cotton discs, you will not only save the purchase of 30 cleansing disks, but you will also help save around:

  • 5.3 gallons / 20 liters of water (plant growing, and pollution by oil extraction)
  • 13.5 fl. oz / 400 ml of oil (shipping and packaging)
  • 1.3 kW of power (conditioning)
  • 4.23 oz. / 120 g of CO2 equivalent (oil extraction, power production, and shipping)
  • 28 ft2 / 2.6 m2 ecological footprint (virtual forest required to absorb CO2 emissions)
  • 1-3 US Dollars / 0.30 to 1 euro

Of course once a week, you will have to wash your reusable cotton rounds, which will consume soap and water. But your ecological impact will remain less significant than if you are going once a month, and picking your cotton in India or China to just end up in your trash at home.


(*) These data are statistically estimated for personal use only. Any use for scientific, business or legal purposes is strongly discouraged.


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