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From Zara to Lush: the fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands with recycling incentives

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a person standing in front of a store: A number of high street stores are offering recycling initiatives for shoppers [Photo: Getty] A number of high street stores are offering recycling initiatives for shoppers [Photo: Getty]

Next time you hit the high street for holiday clobber or to update your already-brimming make-up bag, you might want to bring along a bag of old cast-offs.

According to WRAP UK, the value of used clothing has been estimated at around £30 billion with approximately £140 million worth of garments going to landfill each year.

While the beauty industry is responsible for generating over 142 billion units of packaging every year, that’s a lot of plastic for the sake of a ‘shelfie’.

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In a bid to cut down on waste, leading fashion and beauty brands have introduced in-store recycling initiatives to help shoppers reduce their carbon footprint.

From Zara to MAC Cosmetics, these are the shops which are here to help you make a difference.

Fashion brands

H&M

H&M launched a garment recycling scheme back in 2013 with the aim to donate, reuse or recycle all items gifted by shoppers.

HONG KONG, CHINA - 2019/05/11: Swedish multinational clothing design retail company Hennes & Mauritz, H&M, store and logo seen in Hong Kong. (Photo by Miguel Candela/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) © Getty HONG KONG, CHINA - 2019/05/11: Swedish multinational clothing design retail company Hennes & Mauritz, H&M, store and logo seen in Hong Kong. (Photo by Miguel Candela/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) The initiative is available in H&M stores worldwide and the high street chain accepts clothing from any brand.

Simply drop off a bags-worth of clothes and you’ll be gifted a £5 voucher to spend in-store or online.

Zara

As part of Zara’s ‘Join Life’ initiative, the high street giant offers customers the chance to recycle any unwanted clothing, household linen, footwear, accessories and jewellery, in selected stores across the UK.

HONG KONG - 2019/04/26: Spanish multinational clothing design retail company by Inditex, Zara, store and logo seen at Times Square shopping mall in Causeway Bay. (Photo by Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) © Getty HONG KONG - 2019/04/26: Spanish multinational clothing design retail company by Inditex, Zara, store and logo seen at Times Square shopping mall in Causeway Bay. (Photo by Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) They don’t even need to have been purchased from the Spanish retailer, as Zara will either gift the items as second-hand, recycle them into new fibres and materials or transform them into other textiles such as cloths.

Marks and Spencer

In 2008, Marks and Spencer teamed up with Oxfam to introduce a revolutionary recycling initiative called ‘Shwopping’.

All shoppers have to do is return old clothes (they don’t even have to be from M&S) in one of the in-store Shwop boxes and you’ll receive a £5 voucher.

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02: A Marks and Spencer shop sign on May 2, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images) © AA1ppGN CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02: A Marks and Spencer shop sign on May 2, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images) Since launching, the scheme has help to raise £16 million for charity with over 20 million items returned in-store.

Absolutely nothing goes to landfill as all items are either resold by Oxfam or is recycled to create new materials which can be used for anything - such as mattress filling.

Levi’s

Levi’s has long prided itself in recycling old jeans and now, you can return any clothes and shoes that you no longer wear into the Progress with Less box at your local store.

The brand will take all items regardless of condition - even non-Levi’s garments. In return, you’ll receive 10% off your next purchase.

Beauty brands

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The Scandi powerhouse is well-versed in the art of recycling and offers customers two programmes - one for beauty junkies and one for fashion devotees.

If you take your old beauty bottles - this includes make-up, bath and body and skincare ranges - to your local store and you will receive a 10% recycling voucher.

BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 10: Anais Eleni is seen wearing grey &other stories blazer, grey high waist Sea NY pants, black Massimo Dutti boots, Celine bag and sunglasses on November 10, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images) © Getty BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 10: Anais Eleni is seen wearing grey &other stories blazer, grey high waist Sea NY pants, black Massimo Dutti boots, Celine bag and sunglasses on November 10, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images) While the brand’s textile recycling program works in a similar manner. Simply fill a bag with any used garments, socks or towels you have purchased there and they will be recycled, upcycled or given as second-hand clothing. Again, you will be gifted a 10% voucher in return.

MAC

Make-up hoarders, rejoice!

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 03:  A MAC Cosmetics logo is displayed during the 15th annual official Star Trek convention at the Rio Hotel & Casino on August 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images) © Getty LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 03: A MAC Cosmetics logo is displayed during the 15th annual official Star Trek convention at the Rio Hotel & Casino on August 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images) If you return six MAC primarily packaging containers to a counter near you (that’s lipstick tubes, compact cases and foundation bottles), you will receive a free lipstick of your choice.

Lush

Lush prides itself on using sustainable packaging and if you return five of the brand’s recycled black pots (make sure they’re clean), you’ll receive a free face mask.

A general view of the Lush cosmetics shop on Regent Street, London.   (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images) © Getty A general view of the Lush cosmetics shop on Regent Street, London. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images) Just look out for the label which tells you which items can be returned.

Supermarket chains

Iceland

Back in May 2018, Iceland was one of the first supermarkets to trial reverse vending machines at five branches.

In a bid to encourage recycling, shoppers were given a 10p voucher for every plastic bottle deposited.

A branch of Iceland in the Cabra area of Dublin. The boss of the frozen foods supermarket chain has apologised for comments he made about the Irish in a current affairs programme on the horse meat scandal.   (Photo by Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images) © Getty A branch of Iceland in the Cabra area of Dublin. The boss of the frozen foods supermarket chain has apologised for comments he made about the Irish in a current affairs programme on the horse meat scandal. (Photo by Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images)

More than 311, 500 plastic bottles were recycled between May and June with customers earning over £30,000.

Due to its success, the scheme has been rolled out for a further six months.

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