Are Makeup Sponges Biodegradable?

When it comes to flawless makeup application, there is no tool as important as the makeup sponge. By pressing the makeup into your skin, it creates a sleek natural look that is difficult to create with your fingers.

However, even the most well-maintained makeup sponges eventually wear out.

And if you’re not careful, you may end up with piles of old makeup sponges in your home. So, how should you get rid of these sponges? Are they even compostable?

Well, that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

Are makeup sponges biodegradable or compostable?

Most makeup sponges are neither biodegradable nor compostable, including the popular BeautyBlender brand sponges.

In fact, it was only this year (2021) that the first 100% biodegradable makeup sponge was created – BioBlender by EcoTools.

Made of 5 earth-friendly ingredients and available in a cool patented shape, this sponge can decompose by 76.1% within 180 days of you adding it to your compost.

What should you do with your old makeup sponge?

If you’ve already started using BioBlender by EcoTools, composting is the best disposal method for you. But if you’re using BeautyBlender, your best bet would be to make use of their recycling program.

All you have to do is accumulate at least 3 makeup sponges and ship them to them – they’ll even take care of the shipping.

Once they collect the old sponges, BeautyBlender will send them to a plant where they will be converted to energy to be used in homes. Unfortunately, this program is only available for those who live in the USA. Also, you can’t send in other brands of makeup sponges.

So if you are stuck with sponges from other brands, you only have 2 options – throw them away or find a way to repurpose them.

Fortunately, we have several suggestions on how you can repurpose your makeup sponges:

  • Use them to paint on canvas, your wall, or even your furniture
  • Use them to create two-toned nail art
  • Distract your cats with them – they make great toys
  • Remove stains from clothes using water and old makeup sponges
  • Clean the screens of your phone, laptop, and tablet using old sponges and some glass cleaner
  • Use them to blend your lipstick and dark lip liner to create an ombre lip
  • Cut them into strips and roll sections of your hair around each one to create heatless curls
  • Use them to buff out scuffs from your shoes

What can you use instead of a makeup sponge?

Ultimately, you don’t have to use makeup sponges if you don’t want to. There are several worthy alternatives out there. These include:

Go biodegradable

If you’re going to get makeup sponges soon, I would recommend you get the BioBlender by EcoTools.

Apart from its compostability, it’s super soft yet doesn’t over-absorb your product. Also, it is easy to hold and its packaging is plantable.

Ultimately, it is the perfect blend of functionality and eco-friendliness!

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