Although I’ve just about managed to wrap my head around the idea of no-plastic/zero-waste when it comes to eating out and personal hygiene the inevitable bump in the road was going to happen when it came to make up, specifically mascara.
I’m very attached to one particular Maybelline mascara and have been using it for years, but the packaging is made from thick, yellow plastic. I like to lay mascara on quite thick and I hate anything that gets too clumpy so I don’t feel too enthusiastic about making my own.
Lush is obviously my first port of call. Their mascara is called Eyes Right and it comes in a glass bottle with a plastic top which I am assured in recyclable through Lush's recycling programme (just return along with your empty black pots). Problem is, I'm not 100% that this is going to satisfy my craving for dramatic lashes.
The second most viable option I can see is to use M.A.C. I hardly ever buy M.A.C because it ain't cheap but they have a programme called back to M.A.C whereby you return 6 empty product containers to be recycled and you receive a free lipstick.
I love that brands like Lush and M.A.C are taking on some corporate responsibility when it comes to the disposal of their packaging, and hope that others will follow suit... meanwhile I'm stretching my dried up old mascara for as long as possible before taking the plunge.