We’re all about helping out (or even shopping) for a good cause, particularly when it involves creatures of the cute and fluffy variety. That’s why we were so incredibly pumped to hear that one product in our everyday beauty arsenal can have a positive impact long after we’ve tossed it.
According to Refinery 29, Appalachian Wildlife Refuge, a non-profit in North Carolina, can actually use our leftover mascara packaging to do some serious good. The organization focuses on helping to rehabilitate wildlife, and uses the wands to remove fly eggs and larvae from the fur of the animals it saves.
The non-profit’s co-founder, Savannah Trantham, shared the deets over on her Facebook page, saying, “They work great because the bristles are so close together.”
All you have to do is clean them off with soapy water, pack them up, and ship them off to Appalachian Wild, P.O. Box 1211, Skyland, NC 28776, and you’re on your way to making a difference (not to mention saving some space in the ol’ makeup bag).
You can also post a photo of your donation with the hashtags #smallbigimpact, #Brushthebugsaway, and #AppalachianWild to spread the word. With 2,000 orphaned and injured animals expected to make their way to the refuge’s new triage facility in the next year, it’s greatly needed, as are plenty of other items. In fact, the org has a whole list of ways you can help: Think of it as a welcome registry for your creature friends!
Tag us in your donation pics as well @BritandCo so we can check out all your good deeds!
(h/t Refinery 29; photos via Getty + Brit + Co)