These cotton buds are plastic-free but they come in a very plastic box or bag. They are, however, much more affordable than the 100% plastic-free cotton buds we've tired so far.
To reduce the impact of the plastic packaging you could give the plastic box a second life by reusing it or, for the buds from Sainsbury's available in a plastic bag, remove the string and recycle at bag collection points in larger supermarkets.
Packaging: plastic box or plastic bag
End of Life: product biodegradable / plastic packaging reusable or recyclable
With paper-stems, there is less plastic than regular cotton wool buds, and should the buds later become litter they are less harmful to the environment and marine life than their plastic counter-part.
Plastic box or bag
For a pack of 300 prices range between 55p to £1.05. This is significantly cheaper than the 100% plastic-free buds we've tried and seen.