Ever open a bottle of vitamins or medicine and wonder why there’s a giant glob of cotton stuffed in there? It’s there for a specific reason: to protect the pills from breaking so you can get pristine pills in their intended form. But that sterile cotton isn’t actually cotton at all; it’s finely spun rayon or polyester. That’s because natural cotton can attract pathogens, and synthetic fiber cannot. So even though it feels like cotton, it should not be put in the compost bin. Instead, use the fill to wipe down your computer keyboard and then toss it into the trash.
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