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These beauty brands offer incentives for recycling, so you can help the earth while you primp

Did you know most beauty containers are not easily recognized during recycling? It’s not as easy as tossing it in the blue bin, because they are often unrecognizable when sorted. This means that the majority of packaging ends up in landfills. According to a study done by Mint.com, women spend about $15K on cosmetics in their lifetime. (Way more if you are a Sephora VIB Rouge member!)

Jokes aside, that is A LOT of products. Even more when you add in skin care. So what should we be doing with all of these empties? Trying to recycle them, of course! April is Earth Month, but we should totally keep the environment and our planet in mind all year long. We suggest supporting brands doing their part to cut back on waste!

Saving the world is a great perk, but some brands like Lush and Kiehl’s reward you for recycling with FREE products!


Kiehl’s is doing Earth Month BIG this year. They are offering incentives AND donations for all your Kiehl’s skincare empties! They offer a free travel-size product of your choice for every 10 empties you bring into a free-standing store. Also, for the month of April, when you spend $100 online or in store, you will get a free reusable water bottle filled with deluxe samples!

2LUSH Cosmetics

Lush has possibly one of the easiest recycling programs out there! With only five empty black Lush pots, you get a FREE fresh face mask. The 5 Pot Program can mean a free mask every week, depending how obsessed you are. With tons of skin care goodies in the $10-15 range, this is also the most affordable program!


Back 2 MAC was one of the first companies to offer recycling incentives. When you return 6 MAC empties to a MAC store or online, you receive a free lipstick. YAS. FREE LIPSTICK. We are so in love with this program for obvious reasons! If you need help returning containers online, there is a live chat feature to guide you along!

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