When it comes to stuff we all have a little too much of it right? And we’ve all bought things only to realize that when we get them home, they don’t really work for us. Here are 10 Ways To Get Rid Of Your Beauty Products With Zero Waste.
In my job as a TV producer, I get A LOT of beauty products, more than I can ever use. I donate a lot of it to my co-workers and they are super grateful for it ( I hope).
But not all of us have the opportunity to do that. So it got me thinking, what can you do with the stuff you don’t want, or can’t use.
#1 Donate to Friends and Fam
I give a tin of stuff to my mom, she also gifts a lot of it to her BFF, which would not really have access to the same products I received daily. At work, I have been able to introduce many of my friends and co-workers to try green beauty products and why it’s key.
#2 Local Women’s & Homeless Shelters
Many shelters in your area will accept donations including:
Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, Deodorant, Cotton Swabs, Toilet tissue, Tissue (Kleenex), Laundry Detergent, Feminine Protection etc. It’s a long list, here is an example of a local women’s’ shelter in Toronto.
Make sure the items are in good shape and don’t donate products that your fingers have been in, bacteria can spread.
#3 Organizations That Are Helping
Project Beauty Share collects personal hygiene, cosmetics, and beauty products and distributes them through non-profit organizations that serve women and families overcoming abuse, addiction, homelessness, and poverty.
Beauty Bus Foundation travels to the residences of men, women, and children who suffer from chronic illnesses, providing them with beauty and grooming service
#4 Online Swaps and Apps for getting rid of your beauty products with zero waste
BUNZ – Trade your things at home for new and gently used items. Shop sustainably on Bunz with a growing community in your local city. It’s so easy to find and swap things you need without having to buy new ones. It’s so smart.
There are a growing number of Facebook market Places where you can sell and swap unwanted beauty products.
#5 Be Proactive
Why not start your own swap group on Instagram. Choose a hashtag, tag people you love and engage as much as you can. This is one of the best ways to get rid of your beauty products with zero waste.
#6 REUSE packaging
You can always try to reuse bottles and jars for other things. If you make your own beauty products you can reuse the jars. Glue a figurine on top of a cream jar and spray paint it to create a decorative holder. Make a diffuser from an old perfume bottle. Use a jar to store little things like buttons and safety pins. Use an old lipstick container for pins. Reuse a compact with a mirror to hold things like elastic bands or bobby pins.
#7 Don’t forget about the packaging
Make sure you are recycling the boxes and packaging the items come in. If you are not sure, check with your municipality.
#8 Thow A Skincare Swap
Like a clothing swap invite a bunch of GF’s over and have everyone bring their unwanted stuff! And swap away! I really love this idea.
#9 Sign Up For Rewards Points
But it’s better than nothing I guess.
#10 Just say NO!
Either stop buying things you won’t’ use and if you are a blogger, journalist, tv producer etc. make it clear on your website that brands only send you products that are aligned with your brand. For example, I don’t expect CoverGirl to send me their latest lipstick.
Do you have any ideas? Tell me in the comments below.
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