Recycling used cosmetic containers

Earlier this week I wrote about ways to recycle make-up that had been used, but not finished. But what should you do with empty cosmetic containers?

There are lots of options!

First, some can be recycled. The plastic packaging should have the recycle triangle on the bottom to let you know. The cardboard containers should also be recyclable.

If you don’t think your empty container is recyclable, then you might be able to find a use for it around your home. The small containers could be good for traveling purposes or holding smaller items like buttons. Pretty containers can be used as decorations.

I’m racking my brain to think of a creative use for an old mascara tube. There have to be lots of fun uses for the brushes (eyebrow comb, good at scrubbing tight spaces, etc.) but the actual tube itself has me stumped. Any ideas?

If being crafty with old containers isn’t something you want to do, there are several cosmetics stores that accept empty containers for recycling.

Thanks to the Return to Origins Recycling Program, you can take any brand of cosmetic container to a recycling bin inside each Origins store.

If you use M·A·C Cosmetics, you can take your empty containers back to the store for recycling through the Back to M·A·C Program. For every six containers returned, you will get a free lipstick.

Keihl’s also accepts their bottles for recycling. And they’ve been known to offer products in exchange for recycling.

 Please let us know if you have any fun suggestions for ways to re-use empty make-up containers!


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