How to Sustainably De-clutter Your Makeup Collection

Hello humans!

Today’s post is dedicated to you beauty bloggers and the animals! It’s a collection of green advice and ideas from over the years, which I would like to share with you! Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to dictate your life nor preach to you. These are just suggestions which you can choose to take away or leave. I hope that by the end of the post, you can take away some ideas that can work for your lifestyle!

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1. Dispose of expired and unusable products in Household Hazardous Waste

What it’s called in your country may be different, but you get the idea. Why I wouldn’t dump them in regular trash is because these products are laden with chemicals. They end up in the landfill, and in our water systems when it rains. Not only does that affect the hormonal content of our drinking water, but also pollutes lakes/oceans/seas .etc. These are places where other organisms live. We may not live there but they do.

Where to dispose of HHW: The disposal depot / At your community Earth Day Event (if specified)

 

2. Avoid dumping skincare products down the drain

Again, that links to the above reasons.

 

3. Pass on products

If you can’t use it, maybe someone else can! πŸ™‚ I’ve passed on lipstick, nail polish, oil, moisturizer .etc. which didn’t work for me, but my friends and family love them. One person’s junk can be another person’s treasure. ❀

 

4. Reuse old containers for travel and organization

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Old powder compacts are great for storing bobby pins and jewellery, especially while travelling!
-Little cream eyeliner containersΒ and lotion jarsΒ are useful for storing lotion/cleanser during travels.
Clean food containers can be used to organize items in your drawer. Since you’re looking at it from a bird’s eye view, you won’t see the labelling anyway. I love using those mini Ferrero Rocher containers.

 

5. Recycle the recylables

Don’t forget to recycle the packaging that your product came in (like cardboard, paper, glass jars, plastics, metal). Here is what you cannot recycle: powder compacts (especially ones with mirrors), mechanical eyeliner pencils, and the pump of a bottle. What I mean by that is that packaging cannot be recycled when it is composed so many materials, unless you can separate them. Compacts usually have plastic, metal, and a mirror. A plastic mechanical pencil may contain a metal spring inside. A bottle pump contains different types of plastic and a metal spring.

What you can recycle: bottles, jars, lids, outer packaging (except plastic wrap), plastic moulds, paper, tins, boxes .etc.

 

How to maintain your collection (the most important part)

1. Always, always, always check reviews before purchasing

All the stuff that my family and I are throwing out are actually stuff that we didn’t check reviews for (I wish we did! Cries*). Reviews may not guarantee success, but they definitely increase your chances of success. Where’s the ‘thumbs up’ emoticon when I need it?

 

2. Avoid buying multiples or back-ups

Reason being that your skin may no longer tolerate certain products by the halfway mark. If that’s the case, you would’ve wasted money and space by buying that back-up. Sometimes your skin needs a change anyway to avoid immunity or dependency on products. For example: If you use the same moisturiser for a very long time, either your skin will no longer accept the moisture or it will highly depend on it. Another reason is that your back-up may expire.

 

3. Buy products with less packaging

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Source: ebay.com

When you buy products with less packaging, it’s easier to organize and dispose of. For example, if you’re not going to use all those shades of that holiday eyeshadow palette, take a look at smaller palettes instead. They’re great for having in your purse too!

 

4. Avoid the mall for hangouts

If you’re like me, who is easily tempted by those pretty products on the shelves, avoid going to the mall for hangouts. Go somewhere else more experience-focused with your buddies! A concert, cafe, park, city or neighbourhood events are some ideas.

 

5. For beauty bloggers: Guest posts

Just an idea I’m throwing out there because I’d like to try it myself too. Rather than always buying the products yourself, ask your friends or family if they would like to make a guest post of their favourite products. Don’t forget to credit them in the byline and at the end!

 

I hope these tips and tricks work for you in having a simpler and organized collection! Please leave a comment below if these suggestions are useful for you. That way I’ll know if I should make more posts like these in the future. πŸ˜€ Thank you so much for reading! Have a good day. πŸ˜‰

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9 thoughts on “How to Sustainably De-clutter Your Makeup Collection

  1. Thanks for the tips! Before I buy anything I always check the reviews and if I do want to try something I always buy the smallest version, which is less expensive. I share a lot of my products with my family and friends as well. Thanks for the tips on reusing and recycling the products.

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