A Life-Sustaining Way to Recycle Your Old Mascara

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 bag—it is sitting in a closet—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.


Allie founder and creative director for ALLIE NYC

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  1. July 8, 2019 / 1:51 pm

    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.

  2. July 8, 2019 / 2:01 pm

    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!

  3. July 8, 2019 / 2:36 pm

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

  4. July 8, 2019 / 2:43 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this too 🙂

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

  5. July 8, 2019 / 4:19 pm

    I didn’t know about this, thank you so much for sharing my dear!
    Mónica Sors

  6. July 8, 2019 / 5:36 pm



    • July 14, 2019 / 2:56 am

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

  7. July 8, 2019 / 8:10 pm

    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!

  8. July 9, 2019 / 2:25 am

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

  9. July 9, 2019 / 8:25 am

    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?


  10. July 9, 2019 / 11:25 am

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


  11. July 9, 2019 / 12:25 pm

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

    Hope that your week is off to a good start 🙂


  12. July 9, 2019 / 1:20 pm

    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

  13. July 9, 2019 / 3:34 pm

    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!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  14. July 9, 2019 / 7:21 pm

    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

  15. July 9, 2019 / 8:56 pm

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


  16. July 9, 2019 / 10:01 pm

    This is the cutest way of recycling the old mascara wands 🙂

    Lots of love ♥ January Girl

  17. Gabrielle
    July 10, 2019 / 11:43 am

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

    aglassofice.com x

  18. July 10, 2019 / 12:38 pm

    Thanks for sharing this idea

  19. July 10, 2019 / 2:31 pm

    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 🙂



  20. July 10, 2019 / 3:51 pm

    I just knew about that, thanks for sharing.

  21. July 11, 2019 / 1:52 am

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

    cabin twenty-four

  22. July 11, 2019 / 2:34 am

    Oh wow! Need to try this 🙂

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  23. July 11, 2019 / 6:00 am

    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!


  24. July 12, 2019 / 1:53 am

    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 🙂

    ✰ maidoesthings.com

  25. July 13, 2019 / 4:52 am

    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

  26. July 13, 2019 / 5:21 pm

    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.

  27. July 14, 2019 / 2:57 am

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

  28. July 14, 2019 / 5:42 pm

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

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  29. July 14, 2019 / 7:35 pm

    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

  30. July 15, 2019 / 9:27 pm

    Very useful post:)

  31. July 15, 2019 / 11:21 pm

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

  32. July 18, 2019 / 4:04 am

    What a marvelous idea!
    Good to know there’s a way to help the environment with our old make up.

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