It’s no secret that the fashion and beauty industry contributes a disgusting amount of waste each year. According to Value Village, Canadians produce enough textile waste a year to create a mountain three times the size (!!) of the Rogers Centre. To combat this, woke brands are starting to put fashion or beauty recycling programs into place. (Yay!)
Just in time for Earth Day on April 22, we’ve rounded up six amazing companies that reward you for recycling. Best part? They offer discounts or free prods when you bring in your old junk! So dust off your expired makeup containers and downsize your overflowing closet, and cash in your old gold at one of these shops.
Lush’s 5 Pot Program
When you bring back five empty black Lush pots (which are made of recycled plastic, BTW), you will receive a Fresh Face Mask—fo’ free. These empty plastic pots are melted down and reformulated into brand-spankin’-new ones.
H&M’s Recycle Your Clothes Program
Drop off a bag of unwanted clothing (items don’t have to be from H&M) and receive $5 off of your purchase. Your old clothes will be turned into new clothes or textiles, donated to a secondhand store or broken down into textile fibre (used for things such as insulation).
North Face’s Clothes the Loop Program
Bring in used apparel and footwear of any condition and brand to a North Face store and earn $10 towards a purchase of $100 or more. Your old duds will be sent to a recycling facility and reused or recycled accordingly.
Kiehl’s Recycle and Be Rewarded Program
Kiehl’s runs a stamp program—receive one stamp for each empty bottle returned. Ten stamps equals a free travel-size product of your choice! The bottles are recycled into new bottles and the cycle keeps on goin’.
Return six empty M.A.C primary packaging containers and receive a free lipstick of your choice. Empty containers are used to make new packaging for your fave prods.
Levi’s Recycling and Reuse Program
Drop-off unwanted clothing to a Levi’s store near you and receive a 20 percent off voucher to spend on your next purchase. They’ve partnered with I:Collect who reuses, recycles and repurposes the clothing.