Yes, we know you’d recycle anyway, but here are some store that offer a little extra incentive for doing so…
I don’t know about you, but learning about brands offering more to help the planet keeps me as a customer. Here are just a few other schemes and incentives… (I don’t necessarily do all of these, but it’s good to be in the know, don’t you think?)
L’Occitane offers a 10% discount in store if you drop off any of your empty bathroom products (from any brand) to be recycled. Most of us are not quite sure how to recycle beauty containers correctly anyway (look up TerraCycle if you want advice), so it’s win-win.
H&M offer a £5 voucher (off a £25 spend) instore when you drop off a bag of old clothes from any brand in any condition and & Other Stories offers a 10% discount code to spend instore. I find it useful for items like old pyjamas that no longer fit which are harder to pass/sell on, tired socks and towels with holes in etc. They get given a new lease of life via toy stuffing, shoe innersoles etc.
& Other Stories also offer a 10% discount when you return any of their used beauty products.
Pret offers 50p off your coffee when you use a reusable cup, while Starbucks offer 25p off and Paul has just upped their discount from 25p to 50p off your coffee (and sales of reusable cups have soared because of this – yay!). I would also recommend going to your local coffee shops too, as most independent retailers offer discounts for bringing your own cup (ours at Hot Milk, Bounds Green, do!).
Kiehl’s has a reward scheme where you get a stamp every time you use a reusable bag or return a used product. After 10 stamps you get a free travel-sized product.
Monki accepts clothing in any condition – even odd socks with holes in! Drop off a bag in store for a 10% voucher.
MAC offers a free lipstick if you take six used items into store with their ‘Back to Mac’ scheme, I have done this for years, my family even give me their empties too, so I can treat myself.
Hunter wellies’ new Reboot scheme, in association with recycling company First Mile, allows customers to return their old Hunters to the Regent Street store in return for a 15% discount off their next purchase. Any old boots will be recycled and turned into playgrounds and roads.
Lush gives a free fresh face mask when you return 5 of its clean black pots.
A government incentive gives vouchers to those using reusable cloth nappies for their babies, which is so helpful when one nappy can cost around £15. Check out FillYourPants.com to find out what your local council offers (we were eligible for £54.15 towards costs, which really helped).
Most stores are working on their sustainable policies, so it’s always worth asking in your favourites what they’re doing to help.
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