We all know the feeling: you’re finishing up your last swipe of lipstick when you realize the tube is almost empty. So you unscrew the cap, peer inside, and see nothing but a tiny bit of color clinging to the sides. So what do you do with an empty lipstick tube?

While it may seem like there’s not much you can do with such a small and seemingly insignificant object, there are quite a few ways to recycle and repurpose empty lipstick tubes! This blog post will explore some of the best options for giving your old tubes new life.
How to Recycle Your Empty Lipstick Tubes
If you want to recycle your old lipstick tubes, a few options are available. Many cosmetic companies have recycling programs where you can send in your used products and package for proper disposal. MAC Cosmetics, for example, has a “Back-to-MAC” program where customers can return six empty MAC containers to receive a free lipstick as a thank-you.

In addition to recycling programs offered by cosmetics companies, general recycling facilities accept empty lipstick tubes and other minor cosmetic packaging. Search online or contact your local waste management company to find a facility near you.
What to Do With Your Empty Lipstick Tubes
If you don’t want to recycle your empty lipstick tubes, you can do a few other things with them. For example, you can use them to store jewelry or other small items, or you can use them to do a DIY project.
DIY Projects With Empty Lipstick Tubes
There are a few fun DIY projects that you can do with your empty lipstick tubes. One easy project is to make a holder for your makeup brushes. You can also make a necklace or earrings with your tubes.
Empty lipstick tubes can be recycled or reused in many ways. If you recycle them, remove the labels and wash them out. You can also use them to make DIY projects or store jewelry.