I’m really happy that there are beauty brands out there that encourage recycling empty containers and have perks to reward their consumers!  This is such a great idea – I wish more companies would implement these types of programs.  I can only imagine how much waste the beauty industry creates with bottles and jars, and I think incentive recycling programs help consumers be more environmentally conscious.  Not to mention encourages people to shop more of the brand so they can receive these super cool perks!

The Back-to-MAC allows customers to return 6 empty MAC containers for a full sized product (last I heard it’s a lipstick, lipgloss or single eye shadow).  I’ve taken advantage of this program a few times and turned in everything from eye shadows, brow gel, and empty makeup brush cleaner bottles and picked up some free lipstick!  I used this opportunity to get a lipstick color that I’ve been wanting to try but didn’t really want to spend the money on buying.  🙂  The sales associate will cross out the bar code so that those free products can’t be returned – which I think is completely fair!

Be rewarded for recycling!  Kiehl’s stamp card system allows customers to return 10 empty full sized products and receive one 2.5 oz travel product for free.  Hey, it may not be full sized, but I’ll take any free product I can get!  This is a program that I recently learned about (in the last couple of months) and realized that I’ve been missing out!  Between picking up Kiehl’s for my fiance and wanting to get my hands on some of their products to try out myself, I’m pretty sure I’m going to make my way to at least 10 items.  I’ll be sure to save those empty bottles/containers from now on!

Return 5 empty (and clean) pots to Lush and get a free face mask!  I noticed on the Lush products that they actually label the items that are eligible to be returned.  I guess it depends on the type of container the product comes in 🙂  Thanks, Lush, for making it so easy to keep track!  This is another brand I’ve been curious about for a long time, but never really had a chance to try things out.  A recycling program is a great incentive to get me trying some new products, knowing that I’ll be rewarded with something free later 🙂

If you’re a fan of these brands and find yourself repurchasing items, why not take advantage of the perks you can get from your purchases!

Are there any other product recycling programs that weren’t listed here?  Have you tried any of these programs?  Let me know in the comments below!

*This is not a sponsored post.  I have purchased products from the above mentioned stores with my own money, and inquired about this recycle programs for my own curiosity.  I always promise to give my honest feedback.  Please note that these programs may have changed since the date this has been posted.*

Shelly at Simple Casual Chic