Last year I saw a viral video on Facebook all about a nonprofit organization that uses mascara wands to clean baby animals #wandsforwildlife. It’s called Appalachian Wildlife Refuge and they rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife in North Carolina.
This organization, in particular, caught my eye because of their unique approach to not only helping animals but also recycling, literally two of my favorite things.
They use the mascara wands to remove fly eggs and larva from baby animal fur. The wands are perfect because they’re so small and the bristles are close together.
I love this idea so much, of course, I want to help. Like I said, helping animals and recycling are two of my favorite things, but so is makeup! If I can use makeup to help animals and recycle while I’m doing it, I’m a very happy lady.
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When I first saw the video I didn’t have any wands to donate, but I have been saving up for a few months now, and I’m up to 8 wands that I’m sending in!
If you’re interested in helping baby animals and want to recycle your old mascara wands too, here’s how:
- Save/collect mascara wands.
- Clean your old wands with warm soapy water.
- Print out the form from their website.
- *Mail wands and form in!
*You’re responsible for shipping fee
I think this is such a great way to help animals and be able to recycle something you’d normally throw away. I would never have thought that mascara wands could be used for this but it’s perfect!
Of course, you can also donate to Appalachian Wildlife Refuge or even volunteer if you’re in the western North Carolina area.
I’m so excited to donate my wands, now if only there was a way to donate my old liquid lipstick wands!
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Let me know in the comments below if you do anything different to recycle or if you’d like to donate your mascara wands too!
Christina is a twenty-something living with her beagle, Mash, and husband, Nate in their van. She loves traveling, shopping, art, and photography. She’s also a vegetarian, pop-culture enthusiast, book-lover, and Dave Matthews Band fanatic. Catch her somewhere around the country in a converted camper van or at home in Florida for a visit.