Your makeup stash is likely home to bacteria, expired products and excess plastic. Taking the necessary steps to make your makeup collection greener isn’t difficult. Reducing, reusing and recycling your makeup can make a big difference for the environment and for your counter-top space availability.
Problem #1: Not Reducing Your Makeup Collection
Makeup collectors often end up with too many products. Excess leads to waste and expired products, especially mascara. Since mascara expires within 3 months, it is important to toss it past that point. Bacteria build up can cause eye infections and irritation. That’s not a pretty look for anyone. Start by clearing out your extra products that are too old to be salvaged. Mascaras should be the first to go. Sealed products that are a little older can stay, since no bacteria has been able to infiltrate the packaging.
Problem #2: Not Reusing Your Makeup
Makeup can be used for more than just makeup. You can re-purpose old eye-shadow pigments into paint for your kids. Eyeliners can be cleaned and sharpened to maintain their lifespan. Reusing your makeup to make it last longer is a great way to cut down on waste. Go through your stash periodically to bring forth older products that haven’t been used lately. Cycle through your products to make sure they all get equal use. Always disinfect eye shadow pans and facial powders. This will prevent bacteria from invading the products. Nail polish is often just tossed. If you think your polish is too old, simply dilute it with acetone. This will help de-clump sticky nail polish and give it many more months of use. Why toss something that can be easily fixed and reused?
Problem #3: Not Recycling Your Makeup
All of the packaging from many makeup bottles and tubes can be recycled. Once you are finished with a product, send the excess plastic and paper to be recycled. This is more environmentally friendly than just tossing your products. Another option for recycling makeup is to disinfect and pass extra products on to nieces, your sister or best friend. Just don’t share mascara. If you are unsure of how to recycle makeup, call your local recycling facility and ask which beauty products can be recycled. You may be surprised at what you learn.
Greening Your Makeup Stash
Making your makeup more environmentally friendly takes time. Don’t throw out what you already have to buy new. Use old products before replacing them. Choose products with biodegradable and recyclable packaging. Look for natural ingredients instead of chemicals. Mineral makeup lasts longer than solid powders, so you can feel comfortable keeping those for longer.
Maintaining Your Eco-Friendly Makeup
Once you have been through all of the steps to green up your makeup stash, you can work on maintenance. Try to avoid buying excess products that you don’t need. Read the ingredients on labels and look for botanical based ingredients. Clean your stash monthly, and rotate your products. These efforts will result in a healthier and more eco-friendly makeup routine that will make you feel good about your choices.