Many microbladers find MERI’s mailback kits cost-effectively manage microblade waste. Helping people achieve their quest for perfect eyebrows has meant an explosion in microbladers in the US. And, an explosion of microblade waste.
A form of cosmetic tattoos, microblading is an alternative to makeup that combats the struggle for killer brows. It is a relatively inexpensive, fast, and precise procedure. Most importantly, it ensures good-looking eyebrows for anywhere from 6-16 months (if treated properly).
Permanent Makeup Solution
PhiBrows artist Rachel Brown-Wilson says clients look to her for a more permanent makeup solution in creating the framing eyebrows they truly deserve. Many of her clients struggle with inadequate eyebrows. This is simply due to aging and pigmentation loss or not having been gifted perfect brows at birth. Or, many don’t have either the skill or time to use makeup to draw or fill their brows each day.
“Defined eyebrows can instantly make you look more polished and put together. Even with no makeup on, an admirable colored and shaped brow can open up your eyes and transform your entire look,” says Brown-Wilson. She uses two different types of microscopic needles for contouring, shading and filling in with a carefully selected pigment. Strokes are always drawn in the direction of natural hair growth in order to achieve hyper-realistic eyebrows.
“The best part of my job as a microblader is helping people put their best face forward. Men and women alike are renewed when they regain eyebrows that were lost to either age, or an earlier chemotherapy treatment. The younger generation also gravitates to this form of tattooing to achieve an artistically designed look.”
Managing Microblade Waste
Brown-Wilson says adding a Microblade Waste Management Solution to her small business plan helped to secure the funding she needed when starting her microblading studio.
“I teamed up with MERI who offered a mailback kit with a manifest that documented the proper destruction of my needles and other infectious microblade waste.”
Widely popular among microbladers and other cosmetic tattoo artists, MERI’s mailback kits are easy, safe and cost effective way for technicians to designate all materials infected with blood borne pathogens after a procedure.
MERI’s medical waste mailback disposal strategy is straightforward. It saves the environment from improper waste disposal that can be subject to a hefty regulatory fine. Also, it saves small businesses money compared to pick-up methods that require contracts or a regular pick up schedule.
“Just starting out, I loved the fact that using a MERI medical waste mailback kit meant that I didn’t have to commit to a contract. I can just pay as I and as my business grows,” says Brown-Wilson. “Also, showing the health inspector my documentation, noting my proper waste destruction, is one less worry about following all of the strict regulations of our business.”
How MERI’s Mailback Kits Work
Each MERI medical waste mailback kit includes certified infectious waste collection container(s) that abide by the strict Department of Transportation (DOT) and United States Postal Service (USPS) shipping standards.
Containers range from one quart in size up to two gallons, depending on the amount of waste generated. Items that can go into the containers in include gloves, needles, gauze, and anything has bloodborne pathogens on it.
Each MERI kit includes the following items:
- Collection container(s)
- Heavy plastics
- Simple-to-follow instruction sheet
- Manifest to document proper treatment and disposal
- Prepaid return shipping label
When the container is full, simply fill out the manifest on the side of the outer shipping box. Keep one copy for your records and place the other inside the plastic sleeve on the side of the box. Then, give it to your local USPS mail carrier. There is no need for postage as a pre-paid shipping label already on the box. Click here to see how MERI’s mailback system works.
Compliant Medical Waste Solution
The DOT’s penalty for non-compliant medical waste disposal is steep. Up to $27,500 per violation per day. Therefore, it’s crucial that no matter how you dispose of your medical waste, it’s done compliantly.
Disposal companies like MERI take care of all these legal requirements for you. Your only obligation is to sign the manifest before shipping your kit for disposal. And then, keep a copy for yourself. Beyond that, just package your waste and give the box to your local US Postal Carrier.
While compliance is an important issue, many waste generators also find that using a mail back system may be cheaper than most other removal methods.
Providing Cheaper Waste Disposal for Microbladers
MERI’s mailback kits are ideal for those who generate less than two, 2-gallon containers worth of infectious waste per month. If your studio exceeds this amount, a service pick up might cost less.
However, for small generators of infectious waste – like microbladers and tattoo parlors – calling a waste disposal service to transport that same amount of waste could cost up to double the price, depending on your number of containers and location(s).
The most cost-effective way to use a MERI mailback kit is to purchase a couple larger collection containers rather than multiple smaller ones. If you store these containers in a secure location, infectious waste can be kept indefinitely.
In most instances, using a mail back system could save your microblading studio time and money, in addition to providing a more efficient option for compliantly disposing of your biohazard waste.