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Eco-Friendly Practices for Nails


Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22. Meant to celebrate protecting our environment, here at DEMIblue, we value the message of Earth Day. As a clean and vegan nail polish brand changing the game of traditionally toxic nail polish formulations, we will be sharing eco-friendly practices regarding nail polish and nail care.


Traditional nail polish contains the Big Three, toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate. When thrown out, these can leach into the soil and water, damaging the overall environment. Gel and acrylic nails are considered non-biodegradable, meaning they contain microplastics that can remain in the earth for long periods. Opt for nontoxic nail polish like DEMIblue, whose ingredients are water-based and have fewer damaging chemicals. These are both healthier for you and the environment. DEMIblue bottles are also recyclable for easy disposal.

Acetone nail polish remover can also be toxic to the environment. Opt for an organic option, like DEMIblue’s Soy-Based Remover.


If you do need to dispose of nail polish, the best option is to drop it off at the nearest hazardous waste facility that can dispose of the nail polish properly. However, if you cannot find a hazardous waste facility near you, pour out any liquid polish remaining onto an old newspaper and let it dry. Let any residue dry in the bottle as well. Then screw the cap back onto the bottle for recycling and throw the dried polish away.


If you just have that little bit of usable polish left, you can use it as paint. Because nail polish was originally derived from paint, the small applicator for nail polish and the long-wearing formulas can work well in painting various items. For example, a common hack is using nail polish to paint over keys to differentiate them from each other of a similar shape or size. Make sure to test the surface first by dabbing a dot of polish on it. Clear nail polish can be used to fix frayed edges too.


Let’s start caring for the environment today, one nail polish bottle at a time!


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