Our rampant consumerism is literally ruining our planet. Seeing photos of plastic on beaches and entire trash islands being formed in the ocean is enough to bring tears to my eyes. It’s easy to feel like an individual effort can make an impact in the overwhelming damage we’ve already made to our environment, however, when you consider that only one in five plastic bottles are recycled, every little bit helps.

With the popularity of posting & sharing our beauty empties on social media rising, I hope we can encourage one another to take this trend one step further by recycling those containers at a local resource, such as one of the brands on this list. If you see your favorite influencer sharing their empties, please encourage them to recycle them after filming or posting.

The impact of fashion recycling programs is a highly debated topic, due in large part to fast fashion’s massive impact on the environment and how ineffective large-scale textile recycling efforts have been.

The fashion and beauty brands included in the slides below offer programs designed to make it easy to donate your used or unwanted products. A few companies on this list even include incentives for recycling items, like free products and discounts, but hopefully keeping your trash out of landfills is reward enough.

2MAC Cosmetics

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MAC Cosmetics accepts empty or unwanted MAC products at all MAC stores and department store locations in exchange for free product.

Because we share your commitment to the environment, M·A·C accepts returns of its primary packaging through the Back-to-M·A·C Program. By returning six [6] M·A·C primary packaging containers to a M·A·C counter or M·A·C Cosmetics online, you’ll receive a free M·A·C lipstick of your choice as our thanks to you. Please note, Lipsticks provided at no charge cannot be returned or exchanged. M·A·C Select Back-to-M·A·C Expanded is only available in stores at this time.

In addition, MAC Select members receive additional Back to MAC benefits at freestanding store locations:

Because we share your commitment to the environment, M·A·C Cosmetics accepts returns of its primary packaging through the Back to M·A·C Program. As a M•A•C Select member, by returning 6 M·A·C Cosmetics primary packaging containers to a M·A·C Cosmetics owned and operated store in the United States (excluding Massachusetts and airport locations), you’ll receive a free M·A·C Cosmetics lipstick, lipglass or single eye shadow (up to $17) of your choice as our thanks to you (Does not include special deco packaged products or Viva Glam products). Products provided at no charge cannot be returned or exchanged.

Sarah Conley is a veteran content creator and marketing consultant from Fayetteville, Arkansas. After publishing her first blog, Style It, for over 10 years, she launched Rascal Honey in early 2018 to offer a fresh perspective on style. Her writing has appeared on Time, Teen Vogue, The Huffington Post, Glamour, and Lucky. She's also appeared in tv interviews on CNBC, Fox News, Great Day Washington, The Huffington Post Live, and People Now. She's worked as a social media consultant for the past nine years, helping fashion & beauty brands like MAC Cosmetics, NARS, Prescriptives, Origins, David Yurman, ELOQUII, ellos, Nine West, Clé de Peau Beauté, Diane von Furstenberg, and many more create meaningful communities online. When she's not writing about style or shopping for makeup at Sephora, she's cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks and perfecting her guacamole recipe.

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