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Welcome to Frangipani

Frangipani Shop aims to provide you with the best Zero Waste Solutions for your personal care routine.

We hope you will enjoy our products.

Happy Zero Waste Shopping  😉

Say no to Plastic Cotton buds !

We almost all have seen this photo of a sea horse holding a plastic cotton bud on the sea.

This photography has been taken near Sumbara Island in Indonesia, yes just here next to us, in the one of the most beautiful place on Earth…

How this can be possible ? Why? What can we do ?

“It’s a photo that I wish didn’t exist but now that it does I want everyone to see it,”Justin Hofman, photographer, wrote on Instagram. “What started as an opportunity to photograph a cute little sea horse turned into one of frustration and sadness as the incoming tide brought with it countless pieces of trash and sewage. This photo serves as an allegory for the current and future state of our oceans.”

Cotton Buds: in the TOP 10 of things polluting Oceans!

Basically cotton buds is one of the 10 most polluting things on the Oceans, this is crazy but that’s explained by its daily use and small size throwing it away anywhere…It’s also dangerous for birds who swallow it, causing perforated stomach..

Plastic cotton buds don’t degrade in Nature (like all kind of plastic..), we found them in Oceans most of the time because people throw them in toilets and then they are not stopped in water treatment.

Some government are taking this problem seriously like France where it will be banned from 2018 !

Most supermarkets in the UK planned to replace Plastic cotton buds against paper ones (supermarkets and manufacturers will always adapt their product to make sure you come back !).

Cotton buds: for what use ?

That’s a good question! To clean ears? Every Doctor and Paediatrician will tell you it’s not good as the wax will not be removed but just pushed at the back, causing health issues.

Did we ever seen an ads for cotton buds used to clean ears???? Never! We do it only because we think it cleans ears…totally psychological action!


Copyright Japan Travel

Mimikaki against Cotton buds, Copyright: Japan Travel

For make up? it might have a needs to remove extra make up under eyes for example. Again, that’s not really useful as we can just remove this extra make up with a reusable cleaning wipe.

So, what are the alternatives ?

  • Paper Cotton Buds: paper is always used as an alternative to replace plastic and that’s true it’s more environmental-friendly, but one thing is always forgotten: what about deforestation? And the use of Cotton which is the second most polluting industry after oil. Single use has always bad environmental impacts, and we need to keep that in mind. Plus, it’s still bad for ears.
  • Mimikaki:  or Ear Pick or Ear Cleaner exist since centuries, mainly in Japan and China. It’s offered at the birth and used an entire life.

Mimikaki: the choice of Frangipani

At Frangipani, we propose only Mimikaki as we truly believe it’s the most economic and ecological way to clean ears. We also are convinced that reusable is always better than single use. In the family (2+1 😉 ), we used it since almost 3 years now and we couldn’t go back to Cotton buds as the advantages are many:

  • Ecological: one bamboo mimikaki for an entire life. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth. Because it contains naturally-occurring antimicrobial agents, there is no need for using fertilizers or pesticides during its cultivation. Bamboo has a low carbon footprint. Plus all those cotton buds not even bought is such a moral satisfaction!
  • Economic: it’s easy to compare the cost. One bamboo mimikaki costs RM16 in our online shop. One box of 400 cotton buds costs around RM3.9. One mimikaki costs consequently 4 box of cotton buds, quicly amortized.
  • Minimalist: take it when travelling, it doesn’t take any place and helps to avoid cotton buds offered in hotel or taking a box of cotton buds in the luggage.
  • Perfect end of life: bamboo is 100% biodegradable!

Ours are made by a family-owned company in Taiwan and this is one of our Ethics: supporting small family business and not big manufacturers easily found on internet

A word about the use:

The mimikaki helps to remove extra ears thanks to it’s curved form. You just need to place it at the entrance of the ear and turn it gently to take extra wax. Clean it with a bit of water and finger, then dry it with a towel to keep it longer. That’s it! It can be used for kids too, during quiet time.

Switch to bamboo 😉


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