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Fri, 8 Mar, 2019Basmah Qazi

Why you shouldn't throw away your old mascara wands

Why you shouldn't throw away your old mascara wands

They say we should replace our mascara every three months, so if you’re someone who goes by that long-spoken rule, then that’s quite a few mascaras you’re disposing of annually.

But thanks to a new adorable initiative, your old mascara wands can be used for a great purpose. Animal charities are requesting for people to send empty tubes of mascaras their way, as the small bristle wands are the perfect tool to clean and comfort injured wildlife.

Animals such as birds, rabbits, small rodents and baby fawns all find the comfort of their parents' grooming in these tiny cosmetic items.

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A post shared by Appalachian Wildlife Refuge (@appalachianwild) on May 2, 2017 at 5:32pm PDT

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ARC – an animal rescue centre in Aberdeenshire, Scotland – made an appeal on social media for people to wash their old brushes and post it to them in a Ziploc bag.

The bristles are used to remove oil, larvae, fly eggs, mites and mud from small animals.

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And they definitely didn’t expect the response that they received, as they are now overflowing with mascara wands, saying they have “more wands than Hogwarts”.

Due to the overwhelming results, they have temporarily stopped the initiative.

People from all over the world have sent their wands, with ARC writing on their Facebook page: “So many people have contacted us from all around the globe – how fantastic to have so much support for wildlife and for re-using items destined for landfill.

“We hope we can secure a recycling facility for our used wands, and once we have this set up, we will post details of where they can be sent. The less plastic in our seas/landfill, the better!”

Would you send someone your empty cosmetic items if it was for a good cause? Let us know in the comments below.