If you are wearing makeup, you are probably also using a lot of cotton balls/ pads or wipes. Well so do I – at least I used to (except after party, when all my makeup lands on my pillowcase). Yet, using disposable cotton pads every day is a huge waste and that’s why some time ago I switched to a pretty dope alternative.
Why would you even bother to change?
Guess what those makeup pads and balls are made of?
Yes..they’re made of good ol’ cotton. But did you know, that cotton is considered the dirtiest crop in the world? It doesn’t only require a ridiculous amount of water and pesticides to grow, but also (often) unethical and even forced harvesting work of people.
“In 2015 and 2016, the government of Uzbekistan forced more than a million people, including students, teachers, doctors, nurses, and employees of government agencies and private businesses to the cotton fields, against their will and under threat of penalty, especially losing their jobs.”
via Cotton Campaign “Uzbekistan forced labour problem“
There are enough reasons to use as little cotton as possible – and reuse it whenever we can. That’s why the idea of recycling old useless t-shirts into makeup remover pads sounds like a good deal.
Reusable pads made from old t-shirts
Once I had a bit of free time, I’ve decided to start a mini production of makeup pads. I’ve made a bunch, not only for myself but also for my mom and friends, let’s spread the good practice, right? ;).
To make those yourself all you need is:
- old t-shirts (find a nice-in-touch fabric)
- need & thread or sewing machine
It’s made exactly like it looks: all you need to do is put together 3 layers of fabric, sew it and cut into a circle (or square). No rocket science or extra skills required, easy like ABC.
No judgement though, if you still don’t know where to start, there are plenty of tutorials on Youtube for this ( like this one or this one).
I really love those pads, as they are soft, delicate and very absorbent. Moreover, what’s super convenient – I am deciding about their size and shape and I can easily adjust them to my needs.
I’ve prepared myself 21 makeup pads, what is enough for 3 weeks (1 double-sided pad per day). Once they’re finished, I am throwing them in the washing bag and washing together with towels etc.
Voila, ready! Do you have any other alternatives to remove makeup in the more sustainable way? Let me know in the section below!