How to dispose of your nail polish

Nail polish disposal and the best ways to get rid of your nail polishes and empty nail polish bottles

When your nail polishes start gathering dust, dry up or simply run out, you’ll no doubt be looking to dispose of them. There are a few things to bear in mind before you sling your empty bottles in the bin. Whilst the majority of classic nail polish bottles are made from glass, they will often have nail polish remnants inside, a plastic cap and labelling on the outside. Unfortunately recycling nail polish bottles isn’t quite as simple as you might hope. It’s very important that you wash out the polish from the bottle thoroughly with acetone and rinse with water. If your used bottles finds it’s way into your recycling with product still inside, it is necessary for the waste disposal company to in fact send your whole recycling load to landfill or to be destroyed as the nail polish substance is classed as Hazardous waste. Don’t un-do all your hard work with recycling and make sure that if you do choose to recycle your old nail polish bottles that you remove all remaining product properly with acetone, wash out the bottle and dry, and remove the cap and any labelling. It is generally advised to dispose of your nail polish bottle if the contents is dried up in your general waste rather than recycle for this reason and the polish can be so hard to remove properly.

You can also take your old polish bottles to a Household Hazardous Waste facility where they can dispose of your polish bottles properly. Liquid nail polish left inside the bottle is highly flammable and cannot go inside your household bin. Your local Household Hazardous Waste facility is the best option should there still be product inside the bottle, simply type it into Google to find your nearest facility. Unfortunately with nail polish and gel polish being largely un-recyclable, its always a good idea to get the best use out of your polishes.

There are a few fun and simple ways that you can use up those old colours such as a polish swap with friends or mixing two colours together. You can also purchase nail polish thinners at Nail Polish Direct that allow you to revive colours that have dried up a little due to oxygen exposure, allowing you to wear your favourite polishes for longer and making it easier to wash out your bottles when they are empty by loosening the formula. We are very aware as a company that this is an issue that needs to be addressed in terms of making the nail polish and gel polish industry kinder to the planet. More and more brands are making their formulas vegan friendly, cruelty free and free from harmful chemicals such as Toulene, DBP and Formaldehyde. Opting for brands that are environmentally conscious such as Orly, Nailberry, Zoya, Dear Sundays and Butter London, you can reduce the amount of chemicals in your polishes. With less and less chemicals inside the formula, the impact that the products have on both your health and the environment are reduced. We are always on the lookout for more environmentally friendly polish brands to bring on board and increase our educational content so that you always have plenty of options and are well informed when choosing your beauty products. We are in the process of looking into a polish recycling scheme whereby our customers can return bottles back to us. We will be sure to keep you posted but in the meantime, make sure you get the best use out of your polishes and clean thoroughly if you do choose to recycle.

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