With the world's plastics problem spiraling hopelessly out of control, the least we can do is find ways to re-use disposable plastic items before they go into that landfill forever. It's particularly galling to see all of the plastic in the ocean where it causes harm to aquatic creatures that ingest it or become entangled in it.
There is, however, a way to upcycle plastic that actually helps animals. The North-Carolina-based Appalachian Wildlife Refuge has a need for old mascara wands, which can be used to keep their charges healthy. Here's how:
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"They work great because the bristles are close together," the organization writes. If you or anyone you know has wands to share, please download and fill out this PDF form and ship it, along with the wands, to: