RETAIL RECYCLE SCHEMES YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

After reading about the brand new Ikea recycle scheme in a magazine, I realised that there are so many retail recycle schemes out there now that we perhaps don’t even know about. After looking into it, even some of my favourite brands offer recycling initiatives that I didn’t know about so I decided to do a post sharing some of these with you. Below are some great schemes that you can even get rewards from by donating your old goods to stores. Check them out below.

IKEA’s ‘Buy Back’ Recycle Scheme

Ikea has announced that from next year they will buy back unwanted or old Ikea furniture to encourage consumers to be more sustainable and give their products a second life. Ikea stated they would only take items that are fully assembled and these should be taken to the returns desk of their shop after filling out a preliminary online form. The scheme will be rolled out in 27 countries including the UK, to encourage widespread sustainable consumerism.

Consumers who make use of this scheme will be able to get Ikea vouchers for as much as 50% of the original price they paid for their furniture, depending on the condition of the product. The furniture traded in will either be resold by Ikea, donated to the local community or recycled.

I think this is a great recycling scheme as there’s very few of us who don’t have Ikea furniture somewhere in our house and this can be a good way to get rid of products we no longer use sustainably, rather than them ending up in landfill.

Boots Recycle Scheme

I remember hearing about the Boots recycle scheme before it launched and now you can find it in their stores. The scheme helps consumers to recycle beauty, health, wellness and dental items that often can’t be recycled elsewhere such as empty foundation bottles and toothpaste packaging. The company uses Scan 2 Recycle technology to reward consumers who use their recycle scheme. According to their website, if you bring 5 empty products to be recycled, Boots will give you 500 advantage points for your Boots card (this is worth £5) to spend on another product.

All you have to do is register online to take part in this scheme and use the provided QR code given to you in the store. I’ll leave the steps below that are shown on the Boots website. I’m definitely going to do this now I more about it, as I regularly shop at Boots and love that they are actively trying to improve their sustainability initiatives.

Selfridges ‘Resellfridges’ Scheme

In August, Selfridges announced their ‘Project Earth’ sustainability initiative, providing consumers the ability to rent clothing rather than purchasing and also allowing consumers to sell their pre-loved goods and accessories to Selfridges for store credit. Selfridges now offers ‘Resellfridges’ sections in their stores and online to encourage a more circular economy and give pre-loved clothes a second life.

Selfridges is not the first store to do this, with John Lewis offering similar ideas back in 2018, but with them being such a large department store, Selfridges could be paving the way for other fashion retailers to also carry out these schemes.

As well as these schemes, there are other brands implementing recycling initiatives in stores, just with less of a reward. I’ll list some of these below so feel free to check these out at your own leisure. If you click on the name of the company, it’ll take you to the page discussing their recycle scheme to give you some more information:

Apple– trade in your old apple products for new ones

Body Shop– return any empty plastic bottles tubs, tubes and pots

H&M, & Other Stories, Weekday and Monki– donate your old clothes to these stores so they can either be given a second life, recycled or repurposed.

Lush– Return to any Lush store five of the black pots that some of the cosmetic brand’s products come in and receive a free face mask

M.A.C.- by recycling six empty M.A.C product containers you will get a free M.A.C lipstick

Madewell– giving new life to old jeans through repairing, reusing and recycling. The brand will give you $20 off your next pair of jeans for the ones you recycle (can mail if you live in the UK).

Primark– Primark customers can now recycle any brand of pre-loved clothes, textiles, footwear and bags at any of the retailer’s 190 stores

Sainsbury’s– the supermarket is now trialling a ‘reverse vending machine’ for recycling plastic bottles and drinks cans bought from Sainsbury’s in exchange for 5p coupons towards consumers shop

Zara– donate clothes you no longer need to Zara stores

*Disclaimer- Photos are not my own and are sourced from Pinterest and Google Images.