Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Recycle Those Beauty Products!

  • Butter London is asking you to Turn In Your Toxins. They invite you to be one of the first 500 customers to log onto on Earth Day (today!), and you will receive a free nail lacquer of your choice. Say goodbye to formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP — dubbed “The Big 3.”
  • Bond No. 9 invites you to bring any and all empty perfume bottles to Bond No. 9 stores or counters. When you recycle, you can get a free purse spray with purchase.
  • MAC Cosmetics has a strong recycling program called Back to MAC, which allows you to receive a free lipstick when you turn in six empty MAC products. At freestanding stores, you may be able to get a free eyeshadow, lipstick, or lipgloss for your empties.
  • Origins invites you to bring in your empty beauty products, jars, bottles, etc. of any brand, and Origins will have them sent to be recyled or used for energy recovery. As a thank you, Origins will treat you to a free sample of one of their skincare products (depending on availability).
  • LUSH asks you to bring in 5 empty black pots to be recycled (and you might get a freebie, too) — thanks ChrissyCupcake!

Did we miss a brand that participates in recycling old beauty products?

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12 thoughts on “Recycle Your Beauty Products

  1. Many LUSH locations have a recycling program where you can bring in your little black pots and they’ll recycle them for you. 5 little black pots will get you a free product at many locations, as well.

  2. Carol

    The Back to Mac program I guess has changed now. I went to my local Mac counter with 70 eyeshadow tubs and I was told they cannot be recycled now without the metal pans. This is CRAZY, I depotted all of those shadows to put in the 15 MAC 15 pan palette and have empty tubs that cannot be recycled. Has anyone else had this problem?

    • Sasha

      You can try bringing them to another location or you can utilize the B2M program online (by mailing in your empties). Metal pans can also be purchased (inexpensively) and placed in your empty pots for easy B2Ming.

    • Brenda

      No, is there a particular mac that knows you well? Try that one instead. If all else fails send them in or swap them on MUA to someone that can use them. My mac’s let me simply because they know me well, too many people ahve been trying to take advantage of the program.

    • Some stores are like this, unfortunately. You can buy empty pans from wholesalers like CoastalScents to put in your depotted shadows, though. Or else mail them to MAC online!

  3. Jen

    i know this is totally late, but zoya has a polish exchange program.

  4. NoKoMi

    You know, generally my inner hippy is all for the green movement, but quite frankly, I think the B2M program is barely more than a green-washing token gesture. My first MAC product was the Studio Tech Foundation, and I assumed

    • Sugarcrumb

      MAC’s not the only brand that doesn’t have refills – loads of other brands out there that don’t either. At least MAC makes an effort. How many other brands have a programme like Viva Glam? Sorry, but the Dumpster Chic dig is not very nice – unless you’re living the ‘greenest’ life ever.

      And no, i don’t work for MAC. LOL!

  5. Kat

    I purchase my Mario Badescu skin care products on line. Are the containers the products come in recycable?

    Thank you, with warm regards!