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I have this huge box where i keep all my boxes e.g. Mac ones, collections from Mac boxes that kind of thing. I just cant throw them away! :’)I really should recycle…

i was keeping all my empty boxes too! i figured to just opened/cut opened these packages and lined the inside of my sephora box with them.. they make a nice collage! =)

I recycle all the empty packaging, unless I think it will be useful for storing more than one piece of make up then I will keep it.

i use empty boxes to store listicks, blushes msfs etc by cutting them in half and sticking them together
and any used up palettes get a new life as a lipstick palette, i melt the dregs of lippies and pour them into the palettes.
anything else gets recycled in the recycling bin or B2M

i tried to wave bye to those lovely packaging but just has the freak habit of keeping them in their original packaging.

like illamasqua blush, i put them back into their box after use for fear they would get scratches like what my bobbi brown one encounter.

I like to keep my Mac boxes, bags and containers. I have a spot for my Back to Mac stuff.
With all of my other stuff I just toss it.

I tend to hang on to most boxes even if I’m already using the products that came in them (just put the products back into the boxes), easier to store them like that (and I just can’t chuck them out, it doesn’t feel right, lol). This usually only applies to high end stuff, although drugstore make up hardly ever comes in boxes anyway. I did recycle quite a few Mac eyeshadow boxes though as I transferred them into my first ever 15 palette. 🙂 As I hardly ever finish anything, I don’t throw away much, but if I do, I recycle what I can (paper, glass, some plastic) and throw out what I can’t.

I actually use old packaging for new stuff.
Eyeshadows I totally hit pan on become the new packaging for pressed pigments. 🙂
PS: I found your blog yesterday, while watching the sigmashopping channel on youtube. I think you’re pretty amazing. And I already read a lot of your posts, even if I’m not able to buy about 40% of the things. (Unfortunately there is no Sephora in Germany)

At home, I keep the packaging as long as I have the product. I personally find it’s a lot easier to store things that way. My kit for freelancing however is packaging free so, where possible, all empty boxes get recycled.

Yeahhh….I have every bag box and receipt for every mac purchase ive ever made. For some reason i just cant bear to throw them away. I have a massive bag of them haha

I keep all the boxes that MAC cosmetics comes in. Actually I keep all the boxes from any makeup company. I just can’t seem to let go. In my mind I keep them to justify the fact that I might want to return it, but that never happens either.

I recycle some and throw some out. For MAC, I B2M what I can. As for limited edition packaging, I keep it sometimes unless it is so damaged beyond repair then I would throw it away. If it is a pretty compact from Guerlain and it is limited edition like the Tsarina, then I will keep it. For limited edition box packaging ie hello kitty, heatherette and etc, I keep it and cut them up and paste it in a sketchbook when I can.

I recycle some of the boxes and keep others for no reason : ) I definitely recycle tubes and plastic packaging through Origins’ Recycling Program – they take packaging from any brand and give you deluxe samples!

Wow! You get deluxe samples from Origins for recycling. Over here, we get only 1 or 2 sachets, no matter how many empties we bring to their shop, and worse, many times, the SA will just tell us that they are out of samples! Stingy SAs!

I recycle empty packaging when possible. Prettier packaging I keep and store away. I try not to keep too much though as it becomes too cluttered.

I Back to MAC whatever I can, and even if I think it won’t count (i.e. lipglass minis), I’ll still give it to them.

Anything else, I just recycle in my recycling bins, except for if it’s super pretty. Then I might find a way to reuse it, or just stash it away somewhere. I’ve also reused some packaging – like the boxes that the face kits came in this year – to store mini lipglasses, lipsticks, etc.

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