3 places that accept and recycle your beauty product empties for discounts

3 places that accept and recycle your beauty product empties for discounts

How many times have you been left with empties of beauty products long used up or dried out that you’ve ultimately had to throw in the trash? Probably a lot! In an industry where so much packaging goes to waste, it’s amazing to discover brands that are not only accepting empties and recycling them but rewarding customers who take part in the process! We’ve rounded up three of these brands below - keep reading!


the veteran: MAC 


Most people who think of recycling programs in beauty think of MAC.  MAC allows you to select any lipstick, lipglass, or eyeshadow when you return six empty MAC containers as part of their Back-to-MAC program.  Those who use MAC products regularly know that it doesn’t take too long to accumulate six empties! The best part? You can even do it online by printing return labels and selecting your free product at checkout.



the new kid: Le Labo


A fragrance favourite over the last couple years, Le Labo allows you to refill your empty bottle of fragrance with the same scent and receive a 20% discount.  At $325 for a 100ml fragrance, these savings can really rack up!



the travel buddy: Kiehls


With Kiehls, anytime you return a full-sized product empty in-store, you’ll receive a stamp on their recycling program card.  After 10 stamps, you can select any travel-sized product you desire. Not a bad way to accumulate a travel beauty kit!


mac recycle programLe Labo refill used bottle discountKiehl's full-size return product stamp program


notable mentions


While the below may not have rewards-based recycling programs, they are certainly doing their part to make more responsible packaging / recycling packaging easier!




Aveda was the first beauty company to use 100% post consumer recycled PET.  More than 85% of their skin care and hair styling PET bottles and jars contain 100% post consumer recycled materials.  In addition to having recyclable packaging, Aveda invites customers to return their non-recyclable packaging in-store. Collected packaging is sorted to be recycled into reusable material, with the goal of making it into new Aveda packaging or accessories.


Tata Harper


Tata Harper’s glass containers are completely recyclable, which the brand strongly encourages customers to do.  Those containers that aren’t made of glass are made of plastic resin, a renewable alternative to petroleum, and they also use soy-based ink for printing.  So cool!


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