Personally I was so very tired of buying new nail files and emery boards when I wore mine out. It seemed like I was going through them non-stop. Granted I get quite a few for free (just checkout at your Walgreens “Cosmetics Counter” and ask if they have a basket of free gifts- usually they have lip balms, sample size lotions, nail files, lipsticks, etc. All BRAND NEW and free for the taking!).
Anyhow, my nails being brittle and weak, they constantly fray and break. So I have to touch up my filing at least twice a week.
I found a much more eco-friendly and wallet friendly option. Crystal or glass nail files. With my testing nature, I picked up one of each at my local Sally Beauty Supply. The crystal was pink and almost like a slightly rough stone file. It worked well enough- but if you have weaker nails like mine, I wouldn’t suggest this option. It’s best for stronger nailed gals or those with acrylics. My recommendation: The Revlon Crystal Nail File which is $7.99 at Drugstore.com.
The other option: glass files. Mine is by Swissco, and was $6.29 at Sally. It’s perfect for the purse or at home use. It files gently and easily and even better, it doesn’t tear up my nails. I LOVE this file!! And… it lasts forever. So no more pitching and re-purchasing!