How to recycle your cosmetics and self-care products
Now that you have all the time in the world why not take a moment to finally sort out your cosmetics and self-care products? Time to sort all the perfume bottles, creams, shampoos, makeup products or samples lying around that you don’t know what to do with.
Reuse, recycle or throw away, we tell you what to do!
Products that can be recycled:
- Plastic bottles (cream, shower gel, shampoo, etc.): if the bottle is empty, put it in the recycling bag but if it still contains product then it must be thrown away with household garbage. If it has a pump or a lid it must be removed and also discarded with the other waste.
- Stick or roller deodorant: if it is plastic, it must be thrown away with the residual waste and if it is made of glass in the glass bubble.
- Glass bottles (foundation, serum, perfume, nail polish, etc.): if the bottle is empty, throw it in the glass bubble. If there is any product left, you should check to see if there is a flame symbol. This pictogram means that the product contains flammable substances and must therefore be discarded with hazardous waste. If there is product left and no symbol you can simply throw it away with the residual waste just like your perfume sprayer, the cap or the brush of your nail polish.
- Mascara, lipstick, pencils, brushes: you can throw them away with the residual waste
- Cardboard boxes: you can throw them with the cardboard
- Metal aerosols (deodorant, dry shampoo, hairspray, etc.): if the bottle is empty, put it in the recycling bag but if it still contains product then it must be thrown away with household garbage (or with hazardous waste if there is a flame symbol).
Products to be reused:
- Mascara: you usually throw it away as soon as it is a little too dry or that the brush is sticky? Instead, try washing the brush with hot water and adding a few drops of vegetable oil to make the mascara creamy again. Be careful, however, not to forget that it is a product that can be stored for no longer than 6 months. After that you can always keep the brush to make an eyebrow brush for example.
- Nail polish: if it has become pasty, do not throw it away. Add a few drops of solvent or a thinner that you can buy in perfumery and voila. If the color doesn’t suite you anymore then you can use it to avoid the enlargement of a small hole in your tights (weird but it’s magic).
- Shower gel: attractive packaging but when you get home you realize that you don’t like the smell of it? Rather than leaving it lying around in your closet or throwing it away, use it to make foam in your bath or to clean your makeup brushes.
- Lipstick: You don’t like the shade anymore or the tip is broken and you cannot apply it correctly? No worries, if the shade allows it you can still use it as a blush on your cheeks.
Sorting your waste properly or giving a second life to your products is not that complicated. If you can, choose brands that allow you to return the packaging or simply reuse the containers to make your own cosmetics. Small gestures and simple tips that will reduce waste in your bathroom and that will do good to our planet.