Eco Nail Polish


What’s the safest way for me to dispose of old nail polish? Are the chemicals in it harmful in the landfill?

Anyone who’s smelled nail polish knows the fumes can leave you, well, glossy-eyed. Like their colorful and pungent cousins oil-based house paint and paint thinners, nail polish and remover are classified as hazardous household waste by the EPA because of the ecological and health threats they pose when they’re washed into waterways or seep into the soil and groundwater from landfills. Nail polish and remover should be kept out of your trash and drains. For safety’s sake, drop them off at your municipal hazardous waste collection facility. To find out where and when you can safely unload them, call the National Recycling Hotline, 1-800-CLEANUP or type in your zip code at

When buying new polish, choose safer products. Nail products can include nervous system toxins such as toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate (DBT), any of which can cause allergic reactions, dizziness, fainting, and developmental harm and are also linked to cancer and interference with reproductive and hormonal systems.

List of Eco Friendly Nail Polish
1. Manufactured in the U.S., water-based and non-toxic, åcquarella nail polish is also non-flammable and free from toxic fumes. Acquarella comes in twenty-five shades, including metallics, crèmes and shimmers. They retail for $18.
2. Polished Mama water-based nail polishes were designed for moms-to-be (which is, of course, is code for this is so safe you can have it near your unborn child). The polish is available in twelve colors and retails for $8.50 a bottle.
3. Zoya is not only free of all the aforementioned nasty chemicals, it’s also vegan friendly. Purchase them in packs of six for $36 for the best savings. Individually they sell for $7.