Cosmetic companies are making it easier for consumers to recycle empty beauty containers. Before you throw out that empty container of foundation or bottle of moisturizer, check with your favorite cosmetic company to see if they have a recycling program. The following companies accept used beauty containers in exchange for free product:

Origins. The Origins recycling program allows you to return your empty products to their stores (any brand), and then they take care of shipping the containers off to the proper recycling facility. For every container returned, Origins will offer you a free product sample of your choice.

Kiehl’s. Return your empty Kiehl’s product containers to accumulate stamps for freebies like lip balm or travel sized products.

MAC Cosmetics. By returning six MAC packaging containers to a MAC counter or MAC online, you’ll receive a free lipstick of your choice.

Aveda. Aveda’s cap recycling program accepts caps that are rigid plastic (usually noted with a 5 in the chasing arrows recycling symbol). Caps that twist on with a threaded neck such as those on shampoo, water, soda, milk and other beverage bottles and pharmaceutical lids, flip top caps on tubes and food product bottles, laundry detergents and some jar lids such as peanut butter.

Garnier. Garnier has partnered with a recycling program called TerraCycle. Sign up online at to receive mailing labels and collection materials to shop your used items (regardless of brand) to be recycled.

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