Beauty Brands With Recycling Programs

These brands not only make it easy to recycle their packaging, but many offer a discount or rewards in return!

MAC Cosmetics

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

Upon returning six empty M∙A∙C makeup containers to a participating M∙A∙C counter, consumers may choose a standard M∙A∙C lipstick of their choosing as a thank you. 


Lush has transitioned 35% of its product line to be entirely packaging free, aka “naked”. In addition, in-store bags are made from post-consumer recycled materials and are recyclable, reusable, or compostable. In addition, the brand incentivizes in-shop recycling of its signature black pots.

When you return five clean, empty pots to a shop, you’ll even get a free fresh face mask!

MOB Beauty, Credo, Hudson’s Bay Company, and Element Packaging

MOB has teamed up with Credo, Hudson’s Bay Company, and Element Packaging to form Pact, a beauty industry collective on a mission to address the massive environmental impact of cosmetics and skin care packaging by providing a sustainable solution for hard-to-recycle packaging.

Pact provides a recycling program for those packages as well as truthful information and education to help you make informed, sustainable choices.

Ulta Beauty x Loop

Ulta and Loop have partnered to provide a selection of best-selling products in waste-free packaging, shipped in a reusable tote. When you are done with the products, ship them back in the reusable tote.

A limited assortment is currently available and includes products from Dermologica, Burt's Bees, Mad Hippie, Melanin Essentials, Meow Meow Tweet, Noice, Oneka, Plaine Products, puretto, and Soapply.

Nordstrom BeautyCycle

In partnership with TerraCycle, Nordstrom is now accepting beauty product packaging from all brands in Nordstrom & Nordstrom Local stores.

Beauty packaging of all sorts, including previously non-recyclable items, including:  – Shampoo and conditioner bottles and caps  – Hair gel tubes and caps  – Hair spray bottles and triggers  – Hair paste plastic jars and caps   – Lip balm tubes  – Lotion bottles, tubes, dispensers, and jars   – Shaving foam tubes (no cans)  – Lip gloss tubes  – Mascara tubes  – Eye shadow and tubes   – Concealer tubes and sticks


Returning empty Kiehl's bottles or shopping with a reusable tote earns Kiehl's Rewards members one star per bottle. Deluxe samples and complimentary products can be recycled but do not receive points.

10 stars may be redeemed for a free travel size product, a value of $11.


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