Spring Cleaning //Recycling Cosmetics//

     It’s that time of year again. Time to break out the sponges, mop, buckets, vacuum, etc and give your house some much-needed spring cleaning, but what about your vanity? What about those products you no longer use or are expired? Here are a few resources to help you recycle them.


Did you know something as simple as an old mascara wand can help wildlife?!?

Appalachian Wild uses mascara brushes to help remove fly eggs and larva from the fur of animals. They work great because the bristles are so close together. Do you have old mascara just lying around in a drawer? Know a makeup artist? Clean off those old wands in hot soapy water and we can put them to good use!

Mail Clean Mascara Brushes:   Appalachian Wild, P.O. Box 1211, Skyland, NC 28776


Any Aveda packaging not accepted curbside (e.g. Aveda bottles, tubes, jars, clamshell, caps, aveda cans, aveda rollerballs, droppers, Aveda sprayers and pumps, Aveda brushes, sponges, compacts, totes) can be brought into any Aveda Experience Center retail store in the United States and placed in the Full Circle recycling bin. Also accepts caps from any brand.


 Kiehl’s Since 1851 – earn free travel sizes

Recycle full-size Kiehl’s products to receive a stamp (deluxe samples & complimentary products can be returned for recycling but do not warrant a stamp). Customers will also receive one recycle count when using a Kiehl’s tote bag while shopping in a Kiehl’s retail location. Ten (10) stamps earn a Free 2.5oz Travel-size Product.

How it works: Provide your first and last name or email address to the Kiehl’s employee each time you return an empty Full Sized Kiehl’s Product for recycling. The Kiehl’s employee will mark down the number of Full Sized products recycled on your customer account at the point of sale. When you have reached the 10 recycled full sized bottles count, you will be eligible.

Lip Ink – earn free liquid lip color

Send in any four (4) empty full sized LIP-INK® vials and you can choose any one (1) LIP-INK® Liquid Lip Color for FREE along with FREE domestic shipping. Limit 1 per customer per year (must purchase an additional item). Note that you may send in any number of vials for recycling but only 4 vials will be credited towards free LIP-INK® lip color.


• Download the Recycle Coupon Here (View and print or right Click to Save as..) (PDF file – download Free Adobe Acrobat Reader)

•Print out and complete the coupon

•Mail us your full size vials and completed form with payment if extra items are ordered. (checks mailed in may take a week for processing)

•Receive free shipping and handling on your whole order!

Lush USA – earn free face masks

Bring back 5 empty, clean black LUSH pots to your local shop for recycling and receive a Free Fresh Face Mask

MAC Cosmetics – earn free lipstick

Back To M·A·C Program – return six (6) M·A·C primary packaging containers to a M·A·C counter or M·A·C Cosmetics Online, and receive a Free M·A·C Lipstick of Your Choice (VIVA GLAM Lipsticks and Lipglass can be recycled but do not count towards free gift) 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. FIND OUT MORE

Malin + Goetz

All Malin + Goetz packaging is recyclable and most is biodegradable. Empty products can be dropped at a recycling center or brought into either of their NYC stores.


Origins recycles cosmetic empties from any brand, (you may get a free sample in exchange). Program is currently only available in North America, Origins is exploring ways to expand to other regions.

You can bring your empty cosmetic tubes, bottles, and jars, etc. – regardless of brand – to your nearest Origins retail store in the United States. All returned packaging will be sent back to a central location where products will be recycled or used for energy recovery. I’m sorry we are unable to accept recyclables at Origins.com. To thank you for joining us in our commitment to the environment, My Origins members earn 25 points for recycling empty cosmetic packaging from any brand, including Origins (limit one per calendar month). No purchase is necessary. After returning the empty packaging to a retail store, the Origins Guide will provide you with a code. Simply log into your My Origins account on origins.com, and submit the code, which will add 25 reward points to your account.


Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable.” Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. We partner with individual collectors such as yourself, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses across 20 different countries. See website for specific programs from these brands and more:


Program accepted waste: Toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, toothpaste cartons, toothbrush outer packaging, and floss containers.

Please note: Electric toothbrushes, battery toothbrushes, and/or their parts are not recyclable through the program


Program accepted waste: Hair care packagings such as shampoo caps, conditioner caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray triggers, and hair paste caps.
Skin care packaging such as lip balm tubes and caps, soap dispensers and tubes, body wash caps, lotion dispensers and caps. Cosmetics packaging such as lipstick cases, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, bronzer cases, foundation packaging, powder cases, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eye shadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks, and lip liner pencils.

Skyn ICELAND – receive $10 off every $40 you spend on http://www.skyniceland.com for each qualifying order you send back.

Program accepted waste: qualifying used Skyn ICELAND jars, tubes, bottles and packaging.

Toms of Maine 

Program accepted waste: Toothpaste tubes, deodorant containers, plastic soap wrappers, mouthwash bottles and dental floss containers. All brands accepted, not just Tom’s