Under the Biodiversity Act, plastic swabs will now be banned for sale to individuals from January 1, 2020. This will be of service to ear specialists who do not like cotton swabs very much. , responsible for trauma too common especially in toddlers.
It is not a victory of the doctors, but that of the associations of defense of the environment, which pushed to the prohibition to sell cotton-rods in plastic. This type of cotton swab is frequently thrown directly into the toilets and, because they are light and float on the wastewater, plastic swabs can not be effectively treated in treatment.
Plastic cotton swabs pollute
Results, we find them in large numbers in our rivers and our oceans, according to the associations of protection of the environment. All cotton swabs used in France accounted for 1.2 million tonnes of detritus, found largely on the beaches or even in the stomachs of fish.
In accordance with the Biodiversity law, plastic cotton swabs will be banned for sale to individuals from 1st January 2020. The measure, which will come into force in 2020, will apply only to individuals and only applies to plastic sticks. They will remain usable in medical environment where they provide many services and where we know perfectly how to recycle waste.
The gentle removal of earwax
Cotton cottons are widely used for cleaning the ear canal. and remove the excess wax. Earwax is a kind of wax that is a natural defense element of our body, against dust, but also microbes. It is not always necessary to remove it but when this wax builds up, it can reduce the ability to hear well, especially in older people.
On the occasion of this law, it is possible to change the method: ask the family doctor, take a look, then wash the duct, with a pear, if the obstacle seems too tight. It's simple and sometimes spectacular in people who did not hear much. There are similar products (pears and liquid to help soften the stopper) for sale in pharmacies and allow to do the same maneuver in complete safety at home, obviously respecting the obvious contraindications. Do not do this, especially if you have ears or if there is any discharge.
You can also clean your ears after the shower. It is much easier when earwax is softened. You should use a damp cloth to wash the outer part of your ear, and rinse your ears when you are in the shower.
The cotton swab rather bad for the ears
According to specialists, the cotton swab is the last thing to put in the ears. You may aggravate rather than clean.
Despite many warnings, parents remain overzealous and countless children injured by care that start from a good feeling with, especially a risk of perforation of the eardrum.
Some advocate using a paper clip, with the rounded part acting as a handle able to catch wax deposits without pushing back to the bottom of the ear canal, but it is very hard and it can hurt a child who agitated.
To stubborn, never push the swab more than 1 cm.
The biodiversity law does not only protect the future of our children ... it also protects their ears!