Reduce your beauty footprint

Four easy way to extend a product’s lifecycle and reduce your beauty footprint.

We know there isn’t only one right way when it comes to recycling. Whether it’s recycling or being resourceful and repurposing your beauty empties, MECCA have rounded up four easy ways to extend a product’s lifecycle and reduce your beauty footprint.

Got Empties? Play your part with TerraCycle

Did you know MECCA has collected 11,948kg of empty beauty waste? That’s over 150,000 empty beauty containers that would have otherwise hit landfills.

This effort is thanks to MECCA’s partnership with TerraCycle, a free national in-store recycling collection program for customers’ empty beauty products. The in-store TerraCycle bins located throughout all MECCA stores across Australia and New Zealand have been locally manufactured in Melbourne and are made from 100% post-consumer waste of empty beauty containers both customers and team members have recycled through TerraCycle.

Repurposes your beauty empties

  • Not only are you doing your bit for the planet, but these resourceful beauty hacks will look as chic as anything.
  • Use empty candle vessels to store makeup brushes, stationary or cotton buds.
  • Empty fragrance bottles also work as oil diffusers or as single-stem flower vases.
  • Reuse your favourite pump bottle packaging as your washing detergent dispenser.
  • When travelling, store clean cotton pads in empty moisturiser jars.
  • Empty face mist bottles? Use them to spritz the leaves of your plants.
  • Try using pre-loved (and clean) liquid liner brushes as a nail art pens.

Make the most of multipurpose products

Your magic multitaskers are one of easiest ways to reduce your beauty footprint. You may already own several products you didn’t even realise could be used in multiple ways to half the size of your makeup bag. Try these:

Did you know concealer doubles as eyeshadow primer? It not only improves the longevity of the eyeshadow or eyeliner you pop on top, but also nuetralises any discolouration on the eyelid. NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer if our pick for this trick.

Bronzers also work as great multitaskers. A liquid bronzer like Drunk Elephant’s D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops can be mixed into foundation or tinted moisturizer when the warmer weather rolls around – this will deepen the shade of your base without investing in an entirely new foundation shade. Alternatively powder bronzers (and blushes for that matter) make excellent eyeshadows. Try Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Bronzer to add warmth and dimension to the lids.

When sourcing your perfect blush, opt for a shade you’d wear on your lips too! RMS’ Lip2Cheek is the perfect blendable cream formula for both.

For the ultimate dewy glow, try Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Dew Drops. This lightweight gel can be used as a hydrating, brightening and highlighting serum. Suitable for all skin types, use this versatile product before moisturiser or as the last step in your beauty routine for an instant glossy finish.

Reuse and refill old favourites

What’s better than repurchasing your favourite product? Repurchasing with savings in your pocket and a guilt-free conscience. Some go-to products you can buy refills for include:

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