A Life-Sustaining Way to Recycle Your Old Mascara

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Last week I read a post from Rowena of Rolala Loves and she spoke about doing a makeup purge of expired cosmetics. I did this myself about six months ago and ended up with a big bag of old, out-dated makeup. I still have that bagโ€”it is sitting in a closetโ€”I do not feel right throwing it in the trash. But I am unsure what to do with it, how does one recycle old makeup products? I need to do some research on this, but in the meantime I came across a post on the blog Style Vanity that spoke about an organization that uses old mascara wands to help wounded wildlife.

The wands are used to remove fly eggs and larva from the fur and feathers from animals and birds. When fly eggs and the accompanying larva are left on the animal it can eat the flesh and release dangerous toxins. Not pleasant. The wands work wonderfully due to their size and because the bristles are close together. But please keep in mind ** this is for old recycled wands DO NOT SEND NEW WANDS**. Before mailing them be sure to wash the wands in warm soapy water, let them dry completely and then put them in a ziplock bag and mail them to AppalacianWild.org. Please check link for specifics.

Due to the overwhelming response they only accept donations in October and February.

XOXO
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57 Comments
  • yuka
    July 8, 2019

    thank you for sharing this! it’s such a good cause!

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  • LIsa
    July 8, 2019

    What a genius idea!! Thanks for sharing!

    xx
    Lisa – Space and Life Style Blog

  • Jennifer
    July 8, 2019

    I do this!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  • MB
    July 8, 2019

    It’s so amazing to see that we can help this way. Thank you for this post <3
    https://mellifluous-blog.blogspot.com/

  • Rowena @ rolala loves
    July 8, 2019

    I actually clean my old mascara wands and repurpose them as eyebrow and lash brushes but obviously I can’t do that with all of them. I’ve heard about this program and I should really get the rest together to send in during their next open donation cycle. I’ve heard that some cosmetic companies will take back old packaging for recycling but I haven’t looked into the specifics.

  • Oh to Be a Muse
    July 8, 2019

    I love that you highlighted this organization – such a great way to recycle mascara wands. What I love most is that they get so many wand donations that they have to limit it to twice a year. Great cause!

  • Katrina
    July 8, 2019

    Glad to know mascara wands can be more useful than just ending up in a landfill. Thanks for sharing!

  • Alyssa
    July 8, 2019

    Thank you so much for sharing this too ๐Ÿ™‚

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

  • Nina
    July 8, 2019

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this. xx- Nina
    http://www.stylingwithnina.com/2019/07/black-ruffle-lace-top.html

  • MONICA SORS
    July 8, 2019

    I didn’t know about this, thank you so much for sharing my dear!
    xx
    Mรณnica Sors
    MES VOYAGES A PARIS
    NEW BLOG POST: RUFFLES IN MADRID

  • Mariann Yip
    July 8, 2019

    I love that you wrote about this as I had no idea! It’s such a great way to recycle ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • VANESSA
    July 8, 2019

    GREAT POST! I DO NOT CLEAN MY OLD MASCARAS BUT NOW I AM THINKING THAT I SHOULD! :0

    HOPING YOUR DAY IS AS BEAUTIFUL AS YOU ARE!
    XOXO, VANESSA
    http://WWW.WHATWOULDVWEAR.COM

    • Pilar
      July 14, 2019

      Thank you for sharing this info! What a beautiful way to help save wildlife!

  • Jamila
    July 8, 2019

    Sustainability in the beauty industry is so key! Thanks for sharing this post. – http://www.jamilakyari.com

  • Hena Tayeb
    July 8, 2019

    Oh wow.. I hadn’t known that. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Grace Sawford
    July 8, 2019

    I need to do a makeup purge of expired cosmetics as well pretty soon! it’s such a great program! thank you for sharing this x
    have a lovely day, Allie!

  • The Fashion Folks
    July 8, 2019

    What a great way of recycling mascare! Such a great way of keeping the recycle chain! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

  • Katherine
    July 8, 2019

    I use mascara often and I never would’ve thought of this, thanks for sharing that tip!

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  • Nina
    July 9, 2019

    What a great way to recycle mascara wands. Thanks for sharing.

    Nina’s Style Blog
    Nina Kobi

  • GlamourZONE
    July 9, 2019

    Hadn’t thought of that. Great idea and thanks for sharing. Kisses!

  • The Evolista
    July 9, 2019

    That’s so good to know. Thank you for sharing. I love any tips to help with recycling.

    xx Jenifer
    https://www.theevolista.com/sintra-itinerary-one-day-in-sintra/

  • rakhshandarizvi
    July 9, 2019

    What a fantastic idea, I had never heard about that organization before. Thanks for sharing dear.

    Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • sonia // daring coco
    July 9, 2019

    Oh wow, this sounds wonderful. I don’t use mascara anymore as I do lash extensions, but that said I have so many wands to brush my lashes and am wondering if they’d accept them too?

    Sxx
    daringcoco.com

  • Gemma
    July 9, 2019

    Such a wonderful idea! I love it. Thanks so much for sharing this.

    Gemma x
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  • This is so interesting. I always think that sustainability is very important in all industries, especially in fashion and beauty. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Lackadaisy
    July 9, 2019

    I just learned about this last week, I think it’s a wonderful idea.

    LackaDaisy

  • Mica
    July 9, 2019

    This is such a good cause and I love that they are so overwhelmed with donations as so many people are doing good! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope that your week is off to a good start ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Kate
    July 9, 2019

    I’m super overdo for a good makeup purge! I’m always so scared to, but then feel amazing once it’s done <3

    Green Fashionista

  • Elise
    July 9, 2019

    Thank you for this information!! What a great way to recycle your old wands and help wildlife!

    xx, Elise
    http://www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

  • Ashley
    July 9, 2019

    This is so cool- I love it! Repurposing the wands in a way that helps those poor little animals is genius. Thanks for sharing this with us!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Loren Gomez
    July 9, 2019

    This is such a great idea! Not only is it helping others but it is also keeping it away from landfills!
    Thanks for sharing this
    Loren | Plaid & Sugar

  • Marisa Cavaleiro
    July 9, 2019

    What a great idea, never cross my mind that!!
    xoxo

    marisasclosetblog.com

  • Liz
    July 9, 2019

    This is the cutest way of recycling the old mascara wands ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lots of love โ™ฅ January Girl

  • Patricia & Miguel
    July 10, 2019

    How can we never have heard about this, it is genial!
    Thanks for sharing, we will search more about it definitely ๐Ÿ™‚

    xx

    Patricia & Miguel
    http://www.freeoversea.com

  • Gabrielle
    July 10, 2019

    I love something seemingly useless can be used in a positive way to help nature! Thanks so much for sharing news of this, Allie! ๐Ÿ™‚

    aglassofice.com x

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    July 10, 2019

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  • Liza
    July 10, 2019

    Thanks for sharing this idea

  • Tina
    July 10, 2019

    This is such a cool and helpful way to do something for the environment!
    Definitely need to check if wehave something similar here in Germany ๐Ÿ™‚
    โ™ฅ

    xxx
    Tina

    https://styleappetite.com

  • evi erlinda
    July 10, 2019

    I just knew about that, thanks for sharing.

  • Sofia
    July 10, 2019

    Such a good idea!!

    xx Sofia
    https://sofiaadot.com/

  • Eena
    July 11, 2019

    Great post! Good to know there’s a way to help the environment with my old/used make up ๐Ÿ™‚

    โ˜ผ cabin twenty-four

  • Cielo Fernando
    July 11, 2019

    Oh wow! Need to try this ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Radi
    July 11, 2019

    I had no idea about this but it’s so awesome that it exists and now we can all help recycle old mascaras. Thanks for this info Allie!

    http://www.fashionradi.com

  • DEMELER
    July 11, 2019

    how amazing! thanks for sharing
    xx
    http://thedemeler.com

  • Mai
    July 12, 2019

    Thank you for sharing! I read something similar about donating wands on Reddit. I didn’t realize they only accept them twice a year, so I’ll have to save mine up until October ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mai
    โœฐ maidoesthings.com

  • Monica Sors
    July 12, 2019

    They seem so great!
    xx
    Mรณnica Sors
    MES VOYAGES A PARIS
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  • Nahid Akhter
    July 12, 2019

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  • Angie
    July 13, 2019

    Wow, I didn’t know this was an option for mascara wands, thank you so much for sharing! My sister and I have been cleaning out our bathroom cabinets/cosmetic bags and were stuck with what to do with all the out-dated products. It’s good to see there are options for recycling or re-using them!

    Angie | aseagreen.com

  • Ivana Split
    July 13, 2019

    Yes, I needed to read this. Usually I would recycle old mascara wands by using them for art, but this sounds even better… a fantastic sustainable solution. Helping wildlife with old mascara wands, simply genius! Thanks for sharing.

  • Pilar
    July 14, 2019

    Thank you for sharing this info! What a beautiful way to help save wildlife!

  • Jill
    July 14, 2019

    This is such a great idea for a good cause! Thank you for sharing this!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • Kara
    July 14, 2019

    I have been going through old makeup to get rid of it, so this couldn’t have come at a better time! That’s wonderful what they are doing. Thank you for sharing this!

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

  • Kinga
    July 15, 2019

    Very useful post:)

  • Jessica
    July 15, 2019

    I love this idea, such a great cause indeed. Thanks for sharing dear!
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  • Veronica Lee
    July 18, 2019

    What a marvelous idea!
    Good to know thereโ€™s a way to help the environment with our old make up.

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