Don’t throw out your mascara brush! Here’s the adorable reason why…

You may want to think twice before chucking your old mascara brush in the bin with the makeup applicators now being used for a very special reason.

Thanks to the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina, recycled mascara brushes are now being used to nurse orphaned wild animals back to health.

“Did you know something as simple as an old mascara wand can help wildlife?” Co-founder of Appalachian Wildlife, Savannah Trantham said in a post on Facebook which has since gone viral.


“We use mascara brushes to help remove fly eggs and larva from the fur of animals. They work great because the bristles are so close together.”


People around the world have fallen in love with the #WandsForWildlife initiative, with hundreds of recycled mascara wands being sent in to the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge everyday.

If you would like to help out by donating your old mascara brush, click here.