Emily’s magic wands

COLLECTION: Local Emily Rawlings has collected nearly 50 mascara wands that will be used by the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge to remove fly eggs and larvae from small animals.

COLLECTION: Local Emily Rawlings has collected nearly 50 mascara wands that will be used by the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge to remove fly eggs and larvae from small animals.

An innovative use for discarded mascara wands is being pioneered by local volunteer Emily Rawlings.

The Appalachian Wildlife Refuge have been using recycled mascara wands to brush the fur of small animals and remove fly eggs and larvae, as the bristles of the wands are fine and gentle.

Emily has begun collecting used mascara wands from the community, having already amassed nearly 50 wands. She plans to send them to the rehabilitation centre in North Carolina in April.

“It’s so cool because I didn’t expect so many people to contribute,” she said.

“Either you can throw mascara in the bin or donate it to this cause so they don’t go to waste. Go through your makeup collection in search of out of date mascara, every wand helps.”

If you are interested in donating a mascara wand, you can put them in a number of drop-off boxes around the town – otherwise Emily is happy to come and collect them herself.

The wands don’t have to be clean, Emily is happy to clean them.

Donation boxes are located at The Green Economy on Patterson Street, The 086 Shed on Keith Street, The Whyalla Public Library, The Road Safety Centre and Evenna Crafts on Norrie Avenue.

For more information, or if you would like to donate some wands, contact Emily Rawlings on 0499285578 or send her a message on Facebook.