Sunday, August 28, 2011

Your Neighbourhood Recycle Spokesperson

Here I am again, a month later and back with my recycle message :)  Just wanted to show you the amount of products that I used this month.  I do this for many reasons.  First, it just shows how much rubbish that one person can accumulate.  Second, to show how easy it is to actually recycle.  It seriously only takes a few seconds to recycle, and it makes a huge difference.  It may not feel like it, but think of it this way.  Being a part of the solution is much better than being a part of the problem :) So let's all be smart and eco-conscious beauty addicts and make our difference in the world.

This photo doesn't include the 3 bottles that I just gave to my mother in law for her to use.
Some product packaging is great for re-using, especially if the labels come off nice and clean.   It's better than going out and buying those little travel plastic jars.  Save yourself £1 here and there, and try to reuse bottles that look brand spanking new once they are cleaned out.  My mother in law was thrilled to get the bottles, she said "You just saved me £3", and the inner frugalista and wanna be master recycler smiled :)

Also remember if you have a local Origins, take all your empties to them and don't forget to pick up your free samples.

I was recently talking to a friend about how she just tosses all her products (even full ones if she doesn't like it).  That such a waste of a product. If you find that you tried a product and you don't like it, please don't bin it.  Here are some suggestions on what you can do with those products you just don't like:

1.  Donate to friends and family - Just because you don't like it, doesn't mean they won't

2.  Try swapping the product on - If you have no idea how to swap items, please check out my post about here to use as a guide.

3. If you have no one to donate your items too, check out your local women's shelter.  These women need the basics, and why throw these products away when someone can use it, especially someone who's going through a tough time.
If you don't have a local shelter, try Give and Makeup.  This is slowly becoming my favourite women's charity.  You can find them at

4. If the products you don't want come from Origins, MAC or Lush, you can return the items back to them for their in-house recycling.  There are incentives to returning "empties" to each of these companies.

5.  Put an ad up on facebook , twitter, or even gumtree/craigslist for free products. I can bet money that you will get a sea of emails from people who would love to take things off your hands.  With the way our economy is going, people are always looking for "free" things.

Those are 5 things that I would do.

If you have any other suggestions, please let me know and I'll update this post accordingly :)