What are you doing with your unusued beauty products?

I've got a lot of beauty products, just like you.  Lots and lots.  Bags full of really nice products that I may never use or have tried once.  My husband would like me to "do something" with them, since I can't possibly use them all on my one body in my lifetime.  But what?  I've given plenty away for benefit raffles, and shared with my friends, but somehow the pile doesn't really diminish.   I hate to throw it all away.

Then this week I read a story that really made me sit up and take notice.  Harrah's Entertainment is working with the Orlando-based charity Clean the World, which collects soap and shampoo left behind by hotel guests and  distributes them to impoverished families in the United States and more than 30 countries.  In recent months, more than a ton of soap has been gathered from from five Harrah's resorts in Las Vegas; Paris, Bally's, Harrah's, Imperial Palace and Caesars Palace.  Clean the World also received a $100k grant from Harrah's to develop a soap recycling facility in Las Vegas.  KUDOS to Harrah's, that's really doing something useful.

The mission statement of Clean the World reads "We are committed to the prevention of illness and death caused by acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease in countries across the globe.  Each year over 5 million lives are lost to these diseases - with the majority of the deaths being children under 5 years old."

I contacted Clean the World and asked if they also were interested in gently used beauty products, but they regretfully declined due to their orientation on cleanliness and their focused mission statement.  They did bring to my attention that October 15 is Global Handwashing Day, and the website, with fun, colorful graphics, offers tools and resources that help spread the word on cleanliness.  Very inspiring.

This left me wondering if someone out there is doing something useful with all of the leftover beauty products in the world; sunscreens, face and body moisturizers and cosmetics should be able to be put to good use somewhere.  The beauty industry should be doing something like this.

Love to hear your thoughts, and if you know of any organizations that are doing this, please let me know!