Tuesday, 17 February 2015

How to get free beauty products through recycling empty ones

I try my hardest to be responsible with what I throw out and I do my best to recycle where I can. This means washing out empty makeup, skincare and haircare containers and popping them in the recycling (according to what they're made of, of course!)

However, I've been discovering more and more companies of late that you can give back empty containers to and will reward you for doing so.


MAC Cosmetics - Back to MAC //

MAC will take back 6 "primary packaging containers" at any MAC counter and you can pick a lipstick of your choosing in exchange. There are some exclusions - the Viva Glam lipsticks are not eligible, for example - but it's a brilliant programme nonetheless.

Find more information here: https://www.maccosmetics.com.au/cms/customer_service/services.tmpl

LUSH //

If you have any of those LUSH pots with a 5 surrounded by arrows (see picture), you're in luck! Get 5 empty ones together, go to you're nearest LUSH store and you'll get a free fresh face mask.

See that little triangle? That's what I'm talking about!

More information: https://www.lush.com.au/shop/info/22/our-environmental-policy

Kiehl's //

Unfortunately, this is only available if you go into a stand alone Kiehl's store, of which we have none in Western Australia. However, if you're in SA, VIC, NSW or overseas, you get a stamp for every empty product you return. I'm not 100% about what you get as a reward - according to the lady on the helpline, it depends from store to store. But it's definitely one to try out when you're next near a Kiehl's store.

Jurlique - Trade Back Offer //

When you return an empty product to a Jurlique store (not a counter), you will receive a 10% discount when you purchase a replacement.

To the best of my knowledge, this is the extent of the cosmetic recycling programmes in Australia. I know Origins and Aveda have similar schemes elsewhere and I'd love to see them introduced here! Please do let me know if any other brands offer similar schemes and I'll add them to this list.

I hope that I might encourage some of you to take advantage of these programmes. It's a win-win situation: you can be less wasteful and get rewarded for it. And hopefully it inspires you to use up some old products lurking in the depths of your bathroom cupboards...

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