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.