I don't feel that cotton wool itself is not a bad thing and I used cotton wool instead of wet wipes exclusively for the first 4 months of my little dudes life. I think the environmental impact was far less for doing this but they still come in plastic packaging that cannot be recycled. It is also something I would throw away everyday to remove my makeup and when I have baskets full of fabric scraps it seemed like an obvious choice of plastic reducing swaps. I also used the same towel I have been using for a lot of these other plastic alternative makes. I decided against binning it when it got a hole "just in case I could use it for something".