Before you throw away your beauty #empties, this is what you should know

How many times have you held on to beauty empties not knowing exactly what to do with them? We’re guilty of this, too. Thankfully for us, there are programs out there designed to give us a proper place to toss our empties in addition to helping us do our part in recycling. Better yet, some of these programs offer rewards in exchange for our willingness to help the planet.

Let’s be honest—we’re always buying new products and inevitably collecting more empties than we know what to do with. Just in time for Earth Day, we’ve searched high and low for ways to recycle those empties. If you’re like us and have a stash of beauty containers sitting somewhere, it’s time you do your part in preserving the planet. Take advantage of these 10 brands that offer recycling programs: From free shipping labels to credits toward skin treatments, keep this list handy and share with another beauty lover.

1Back To MAC

As if recycling empties isn’t satisfaction enough, MAC Cosmetics iconic Back To MAC recycling program offers a free lipstick for every six MAC empties you turn in. Just visit your local MAC counter, or you can send your empties to the address provided on the official website.

2Recycle to Origins

Attention beauty aficionados: Origins accepts most empty packaging (from any brand) to either recycle them or use them for energy recovery. At the moment, this program is only available in North America, but we hope to see them expand this legacy program, which has been running since 2009.

3skyn ICELAND’s Recycling Program

Love Skyn Iceland and its products, which are modeled after nature? Good news, Skyn Iceland accepts empties from its brand in exchange for money off your next purchase.

4Garnier Recycling in Partnership with Terracycle


Garnier teamed up with TerraCycle to give us an easy way to recycle all of our favorite products for the brand. Just sign up for free, collect your Garnier empties and ship them (for free). Your empties are recycled into packaging for new products. Signing up for this program through TerraCycle will also help you redeem points to use toward products and donations to the non-profit organization or school of your choice.

5Osea Skincare Studio Recycling Program


If you live in Venice, California and love a good facial, Osea’s new recycling program is right up your alley. For every six empties you bring into the skin care studio in person, you’ll receive a $40 treatment credit.

6Aveda Full Circle Recycling Program


Have Aveda empties that you cannot recycle at home? The brand welcomes you to bring them into one of its physical locations. This handy guide will help you determine what packaging you can bring back to Aveda and what you should recycle locally.

7Kiehl’s Recycling Program

Kiehl’s is another one of our go-to brands that reward you for recycling. For every 10 products that you bring in, you’ll receive a free travel-sized product. If you don’t have a Kiehl’s standalone location near you, use this location finder to find a participating partner to bring your empties to.

8Lush 5 Pot Program


Lush already does its part for the environment with its packaging made of 100% recycled post-consumer plastic. To add to their sustainability, you can return five clean empty Lush containers in exchange for a Fresh Face Mask.

9Lilah B

Have way too many useless beauty products and need to declutter? Lilah B. has the perfect recycling program for you. Send back any beauty products that you don’t use and Lilah B. will work to get them recycled for you. Request a prepaid shipping label today and finally spring clean your vanity.

10Zoya Earth Day Exchange

Until the end of April, you can send back six empty nail polish bottles in exchange for 50% off your Zoya order and free shipping. Get rid of old nail polish and stock up on new colors for the spring and summer.

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