Brands that offer Eco-Schemes [eBook]

With a greater emphasis on bettering the environment, many of us are making a conscious effort on waste reduction. Brands are beginning to answer the public demand, working towards a circular economy. Did you know that many of our favourite brands now offer respective eco-schemes?

According to The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the national recycling rate for the non-household municipal waste sector is only at 40%, which means that the majority of waste produced by sectors such as hospitality and food services, education, health, transport, retail and wholesale and offices end up in landfills.

These landfills not only pollute the soil and water, the rotting and decomposition will also produce harmful gases like CO2 and Methane, which contribute to global warming. As a result, WRAP aims to increase the recycling rate of non-household municipal waste to 55% by 2025.

With consumer goods generating a great portion of our waste, we can start improving this problem by being conscious consumers and aim to divert our waste from landfill as often as possible. Various brands have recently announced their respective eco-schemes, some of the more popular schemes include:

  • Distributor Take-Back Schemes: These schemes require the consumers to take their used product or packaging back to the company they purchased from, this increases the chances of the waste to be disposed of responsibly rather than end up in the landfill without accurate treatment.
  • Recycling Schemes: Some companies accept used products and packaging regardless of it being a product of their own. These are usually categorised (ie: fashion, beauty, electronics…etc) and are either recycled to make new products and packaging, or if it is in good enough condition, these may be given to those in need.
  • ‘Bring-Your-Own’ Schemes: Some food and drinks shops encourage their customers to bring their own containers and cups to help reduce the waste production from single-use products and packaging.

While not all brands offer rewards to those who contribute to these schemes, it is certainly an incentive for many people to put more effort into understanding on where to begin their journey as an eco-conscious consumer.

Where to look for these schemes?

Although these schemes are relatively popular, without a clear directory, it is hard to know which brands offer a scheme and if they do, how you can participate. For starters, before you decide to throw your branded waste away, you can develop the habit of searching for each brand’s schemes. This way you can take them to the respective brands and stores for these items to be recycled or reused appropriately. Additionally, you can always choose to shop from places that you know offer these schemes in preparation for the end of life cycle of your purchase. Some shopping centres, like Liverpool One, offer eBooks that provide a full list of shops and restaurants that can help us develop our eco-conscious habits.

List of brands and shops that offer eco-friendly schemes:

Food and Drinks

Iceland
Type: Distributor Take-Back Scheme
What their scheme focuses on: Plastic Bottles
Details about the scheme: A handful of Iceland’s shops have been testing their reverse vending machines which allows customers to deposit their plastic bottles in exchange for a voucher worth 10p. There has been 850 tonnes of plastic saved so far, but with their innovative machine, they might be able to help provide a revolutionary solution for all shops across the UK.

Pret
Type: ‘Bring-Your-Own’ Scheme
What their scheme focuses on: Single-use cup waste
Details about the scheme: You can bring your own reusable cup and receive a 50p discount on your order.

Costa
Type: ‘Bring-Your-Own’ Scheme
What their scheme focuses on: Single-use cup waste
Details about the scheme: You can bring your own reusable cup and receive a 25p discount on your order.

Starbucks
Type: ‘Bring-Your-Own’ Scheme
What their scheme focuses on: Single-use cup waste
Details about the scheme: You can bring your own reusable cup and receive a 25p discount on your order.

Caffe Nero
Type: ‘Bring-Your-Own’ Scheme
What their scheme focuses on: Single-use cup waste
Details about the scheme: Although the Italian coffee chain doesn’t offer any discount, they give you an additional stamp on your loyalty card every time you order a drink with your reusable cup.

Fashion

Timberlands
Type: Distributor Take-Back and Recycling Scheme
What their scheme focuses on: Used shoes (Timberland and any other brand)
Details about the scheme: You can now bring your used shoes to selected stores and deposit them in their ‘Second Chance’s’ boxes. Timberland collaborates with Traid to select shoes that are still in acceptable condition for charity shops or give old shoes new life by re-using the materials. Participants can earn a coupon of 10% towards their next purchase.

Nike
Type: Distributor Take-Back and Recycling Scheme
What their scheme focuses on: Athletic sneakers that aren’t sandals, dress shoes, boots or shoes with meal like cleats or spikes (Nike and any other brand)
Details about the scheme: You can now bring your used shoes to Nike’s participating stores and these will go towards their Reuse-A-Shoe programme for these old shoes to be made into new material through Nike Grind.

M&S
Type: Recycling Scheme
What their scheme focuses on: Old clothing
Details about the scheme: M&S have launched an eco-scheme called ‘M&S Shwpop’ to help reduce unwanted pieces of clothing going to landfill in collaboration with Oxfam. You can take your unwanted clothing to M&S’ shwop boxes and earn 50 sparks each time. Your old clothes will either be resold in one of their shops or recycle the fibres to make new material

H&M
Type: Recycling Scheme
What their scheme focuses on: Old Clothing
Details about the scheme: The H&M Garment Collecting programme encourages any customer to bring in any unwanted clothing in any condition. These will either be reworn, reused or recycled. With just one bag of old clothes, you will receive a voucher of £5 voucher to use towards your next purchase of £25.

Levi’s
Type: Recycling Scheme
What their scheme focuses on: Denim Jeans from any brand
Details about the scheme: Levi’s stores and outlets partnered up with Cotton’s Blue Jeans Go Green program and have recycling boxes in store where you can drop off any denim from any brand and give your jeans a new life. According to Levi’s, although recycled jeans can take on many new functions, the denim taken into Levi’s will be used specifically as materials for building insulation, a portion of which will go towards community-oriented projects, such as libraries, hospitals and schools. You will also receive 20% off a single item when you bring denim in for recycling.

Bravissimo
Type: Recycling Scheme
What their scheme focuses on: Bras from any brand
Details about the scheme: If you have any old bras you are about to throw out, you can take it to Bravissimo where they recycle your old bras. For every kg of old bras received, a cash donation will be made to Bravissimo’s official charity partner, Mind. Any bras in useable condition go directly to women in developing countries, while those that can’t be used are recycled into new items.

Primark
Type: Recycling Scheme
What their scheme focuses on: Old clothing from any brand
Details about the scheme: New to the eco-scheme provider is Primark. They introduced in-store take backs in some of their stores and aim to continue to roll out this recycling scheme across Europe. The brand already works with charity Newlife, which collects, sorts and recycles unsold Primark goods and buying samples to raise money for children with disabilities. This scheme will encourage its customers to donate their unwanted garments, textiles and shoes, from any brand, in store to be repurposed or recycled.

Beauty

John Lewis
Type: Recycling Scheme
What their scheme focuses on: Used/ empty beauty products
Details about the scheme: Starting from 1 November 2019, John Lewis has been trialling beauty recycling for my John Lewis members. The brand has partnered with Terracycle to combat previously un-recyclable products. Members can take a minimum of five empty make-up or skincare products to any beauty counter in-store and show your my John Lewis card to enjoy £5 off.

LUSH
Type: Recycling Scheme
What their scheme focuses on: Bottle tops
Details about the scheme: Lush encourages its customers to bring their unwanted bottle tops into their stores for them to be recycled. These will then be sent to their Green Hub in Poole where they’re broken down into pellets. These processed pellets will be made into boards by an external company, Storm Board, based in Somerset. Bottle Boards can then be made into waterproof furniture – from wall claddings to chairs and benches. They’ve been used to make a play area at a refugee camp in France, and you might even spot them adorning the units and table tops in Lush’s stores!

Neal’s Yard
Type: Distributor Take Back and Recycling Scheme
What their scheme focuses on: Used/ empty toiletries
Details about the scheme: Neal’s Yard encourages its customers to bring their own containers for some products and to return their clean and dry original bottles with the label intact for a discounted refill, saving £2 a bottle. For items that are harder to recycle locally, the shop also offers an in-store recycling scheme.

M.A.C
Type: Distributor Take Back Scheme
What their scheme focuses on: Used/ empty MAC products clothing from any brand
Details about the scheme: If you are a member of the MAC lover loyalty program, you will be able to take part in their Back to MAC scheme. This allows customers to return six empty containers and in return receive a free lipstick of your choice.

Kiehl
Type: Distributor Take Back Scheme
What their scheme focuses on: Used/ empty Kiehl’s products and packaging
Details about the scheme: Take any old empty Kiehl’s packaging back to the store, or shop with a reusable bag, to get a stamp on your loyalty card. Earn up to 10 stamps and claim a free travel size product.

The Body Shop
Type: Recycling Scheme
What their scheme focuses on: Used/ empty The Body Shop products
Details about the scheme: Next time you visit The Body Shop, you can bring in any of your used and empty BodyShop products and their recycling partner, Terracycle, will help recycle or repurpose it into new items like park benches and playgrounds.

L’occitane
Type: Recycling Scheme
What their scheme focuses on: Used/ empty beauty products
Details about the scheme: L’occitane is encouraging their customers to bring in their beauty, skincare and haircare packaging to their shops so they don’t end up in dumpsters and landfills. To participate, all you need to do is find your closest L’occitane boutique and bring your empty beauty and skincare products from any beauty brand to be recycled and receive 10% off a new full-sized product.

It is easy to assume that your efforts alone are insignificant and won’t make much of a difference, but it is important to consider the bigger picture. When we as consumers start making these changes, more companies will implement changes to their strategy to be more environmentally aware.

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