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Monday, June 22, 2015

Beauty Recycling Programmes

Beauty Recycling Programmes

I like to think that we all try to do our bit when it comes to recycling and the good news is that some brands not only recognise our efforts but also reward them too! To the best of my knowledge there are four brands that have in-store recycling incentives that all offer either a free product or in-store discount.

MAC
Probably the most known and therefore used recycling beauty programme is Back to MAC. In case you are not familiar with the concept, let me briefly explain. Back to MAC is as far as I know a world wide programme but the products you may receive for free do vary per location. To get a free MAC lipstick (in the US/Canada I believe you have the choice of either an eyeshadow or a lipstick?), you must return six empty but complete full sized products; they can be limited edition products and other than the wooden pencils pretty much everything counts - even empty packs of full sized face wipes. By "complete products" I simply mean that some stores will not accept de-potted eyeshadow/blush pots should they be missing the silver pan inside, I've also had problems returning empty foundation/concealer bottles without the lids. Basically when it comes to MAC packaging hold on to it all, you really can't be too careful if your end goal is to get a free lipstick or two.

Lush
Do you like Lush Face Masks? Do you fancy being the proud owner of a free Lush Face Mask? Well much like above the process is actually fairly simple. Again you have to hoard those empties - five clean  and black pots equates to a free full sized mask. There are of course certain specifications, for example they must be full sized which in this instance is really easy as just about every potted product the brand sell qualifies - masks, body moisturisers, scrubs and all that is in between. I should also mention that although not black in colour, the clear tubs the shower jellies come in count too. Any product within said recycling programme is clearly marked on the label with similar information to that I have provided, which makes it a lot easier to know what counts and what does not. I'd also like to add that the Lush Oxford Street exclusive products also count and do not have to be returned to that store only - I return mine to my local branch in Glasgow with no problem what so ever.

& Other Stories
Admittedly not the best rewards system but as they say every little counts - return any empty & Other Stories beauty product and they will gift you with 10% off anything you purchase. As far as I am aware this does include clothing.

Kiehl's 
Along with the & Other Stories recycling programme I would say that the Kiehl's incentive is one of the lesser known. You may be pleased to know it is not only easy to participate but also generous in terms of rewards. Once more you do have to clutch onto those empty products; if you return three empty and full sized Kiehl's products, you can  and will receive a free lip balm. It gets better though return five empties and you will be gifted with a free travel size product (2.5 oz.). If you are a huge Kiehl's fan with an enviable stash then you are in for a treat - return 10 empty items and you will be gifted with not only a free full-size product, plus the lip balm but also a travel size product!

I now have enough empty products for two Lush Face Masks and two MAC Lipsticks - decisions, decisions ! As a side note if you know of any other brands that provide a similar service please do let me know in the comments below!



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25 comments:

  1. I always forget about Macs deal!
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    prettymadthings.blogspot.co.uk // x

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  2. I always save my empty MAC packaging, but I usually forget about Lush. I didn't realise it wasn't just the black pots included too! The Kiehl's recycling programme sounds great too.

    Antonia x | Fifi and the Diamonds

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  3. I've bought so much MAC but not enough to get a new lipstick just yet - definitely encouraging me to hit pan!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

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  4. MAC is definitely one of the best beauty recycling programmes out there. Such a good idea. Wish more brands did it.

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

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  5. In Germany they accepted my depotted items. You can also turn in skincare packaging, and the product doesn't have to be empty. If you don't use it anymore, just turn it in.

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  6. In Germany they accepted my depotted items. You can also turn in skincare packaging, and the product doesn't have to be empty. If you don't use it anymore, just turn it in.

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  7. In Germany they accepted my depotted items. You can also turn in skincare packaging, and the product doesn't have to be empty. If you don't use it anymore, just turn it in.

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  8. Since nearly all my skin care comes from Lush I always do their recycling scheme. I love their facial masks so when I can get a free one I am happy to save my black pots. I have heard about the MAC recycling programme however, I always forget so when I run out of a product I just throw it away. I need to remember next time.

    Beth x
    www.hellobeth.co.uk

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  9. I only recently found out about the MAC one but its an amazing offer to do x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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  10. I feel as though MAC try and keep their recycling regime quiet whether as Lush push their recycling message out there. It is a shame because I feel as though MAC are giving people the better deal.
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  11. Such a good idea! I didn't know about Lush doing that!! Going to start stocking up now:)

    Katie | Cayenne Lifestyle

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  12. I had no idea Kiehl's did this - I love that big brands are encouraging this!

    www.beaucience.co.uk

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  13. I'm saving up my empty products to exchange stuff!

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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  14. I hadn't heard of the Kiehl's programme before - very interesting to know that! Thanks xx

    Beautylymin

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  16. The only one of these schemes I knew about was the Lush one, which seems so apt with all of their good ethics as a company! I'm actually really pleased to hear about Back to MAC as I have kept some of my foundation bottles for some reason - so will definitely be saving these in hopes for a free lipstick!

    Charlotte's Road // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  17. Recycling is something really important to me and I love all those Brands for that reason, especially lush.

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  18. So helpful!

    Lauren x | http://kissand-make-up.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. does anyone know if you can return a refil pan back to mac? (eyeshadow tin only)? Thank you :)

    http://www.makeerinover.blogspot.com

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    1. Yep as long as it has the original magnet and shade sticker on the back :)

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  20. Didn't know about the kiehl's reward programme! (:

    Philippa - ByPhilippa

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  21. I didn't know about the Kiehls one, I threw away my face wash packaging last week too :(

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  22. Where a live you can take your old clothes to h&m (any brand) doesnt matter if theyre stained or ripped, ithey have this recycle program and they give you a discount for your next purchase.

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  23. This is fantastic to know, I love your blog! Do you know if empty mascara is counted in the back to MAC scheme?

    dedicated-followerof-fashion.blogspot.co.uk

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