Hydrophil Cotton Swabs
Environmentally Friendly up to the Head.
For a long time the industry had cotton wool in its ears: cotton swabs? They were made of plastic, that was self-evident. Both, the stem and the cotton. Meanwhile, a lot has happened. Increasingly, alternatives are offered with cotton wool heads and eco-friendly stem materials. But then the stems are usually made of cardboard, and not only the customer is often a little bent after use. In addition, in many cases the packaging is less sustainable than the product itself. These cotton swabs by Hydrophil are biodegradable all along the line: sturdy bamboo stems, soft cotton wool and recycled cardboard packaging. After use, they can easily be disposed of in organic waste or compost.
News from the Water Lovers. Water-Saving Products by Hydrophil.
The three founders of Hydrophil – Christoph Laudon, Wanja Johannes Weskott and Sebastian Bensmann – call themselves “water lovers”. And that’s what the name of their company means, since the name comes from the Ancient Greek, “hýdor” meaning water and “phílos”, loving. Their common interests and a blog post by Sebastian on “Water consumption in textile production” gave rise to a joint idea in 2013: They wanted to bring their own products to the market – fair-trade and vegan products manufactured in a water-friendly way. Water-friendly products are products whose components of natural origin have been cultivated without artificial irrigation and which, when composted, leave no harmful residues in the groundwater. Hydrophil’s first product – a T-shirt – proved enormously popular and prompted the founders to expand the range. The company now specialises in the manufacture of hygiene and personal care products – because, what better place to save water than in the bathroom?
By the way: Hydrophil donates 10% of the profits to the non-profit association Viva con Agua de Sankt Pauli e.V., which is committed to providing access to clean drinking water and sanitary facilities for people in countries of the global south.
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