Warrnambool’s Better Buds Campaign

A Warrnambool community group is leading the war against cotton bud marine pollution.

Over the past few years, volunteers have collected over 20,000 cotton buds from Shelly Beach in Warrnambool. These plastic buds pollute our oceans, impacting on marine life and sea birds. Most cotton buds enter the ocean through sewage ocean outfalls after being flushed down the toilet.

The Better Bud campaign aims to phase out the use of plastic stem cotton buds and promote the use of compostable alternatives. The group want Warrnambool to be the first city in Australia to be free of plastic stemmed cotton buds. Their ‘better buds’ pledge encourages people to publicly pledge not to buy or use plastic stemmed cotton buds.

With support from BSWWRRG, the group have received funding from Sustainability Victoria to further develop and grow their Better Buds campaign. This project will provide a campaign model and resources for others to use to voluntarily phase out plastic stemmed cotton buds and other single use plastics across the state.

For further information on Better Buds, click here.