You wouldn't think a mascara wand is something that can help the animal kingdom. If you read on, you'll find out why it most definitely is.
One of the biggest battles we are fighting as a society right now is the one against plastic use. Plastic is a human-made product that is incredibly bad for the environment. Single-use plastics, in particular, which we just throw away and they are left to fill landfills or, even worse, our oceans.
When it comes to recycling our plastics, the items that most likely spring to mind are things such as bottles and food packaging. Meanwhile, we continue to discard items that we might not even think of as being made of plastic. It might seem like a strange leap to make but take mascara wands, for instance. Chances are you're throwing them right in the bin, and probably not even a recycling bin, when you're done with them.
Next time you're done with a mascara wand and you go to toss it in the trash, stop yourself. We say that because once you're done with them, it turns out they can have a pretty awesome second life as an entirely different product. A teeny, tiny brush for an animal in need. It's thanks to a movement dubbed Wands For Wildlife. Let us explain what it does via Country Living.
Savannah Trantham of the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge discovered in 2017 that the wands make perfect brushes for tiny animals. She and others at the refuge began to use them to remove dirt, dust, sand, and even fly eggs from the fur and feathers of animals they had rescued. Since that discovery, the movement has become so widespread that the refuge has started to package up wands and send them to other facilities.
If you have mascara wands to donate to your local wildlife refuge or center, there is one simple thing you need to do first. Just ensure you wash and sterilize them using warm, soapy water. Also, don't buy new wands just so you can donate them. That kind of defeats the whole recycling object of the project. If you don't have mascara wands there are plenty of other things you can donate. Check out the list here.