Be kind to the environment, return your skincare empties

The hunt for sustainable beauty is an ongoing journey. It doesn’t just mean opting for cruelty-free products made from naturally-sourced ingredients. It’s also important for people to cop items that come in containers that can be recycled or reused; some brands have skipped packaging altogether.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), around 14.7 million tons of plastic containers and packaging were generated in 2015, and majority of them ended up in landfills. Although brands in general have switched to bio-plastics, “National Geographic” reported that it still caused problems like pollution from fertilizers and allocating food like corn to make plastic in a resource-scarce world.

The best course is to either keep the empty containers and upcycle them, or just give them back to the brand so they can be used for future products. If you’re wondering which ones accommodate empties, refer to the list below.


The popular Korean brand has an “eco-recycling program” where you can drop off empty skincare containers in a box found inside Innisfree stores (SM Mall of Asia and SM Megamall).


As part of their ongoing sustainability plan, Lush encourages customers to return containers and will also reward them in return. If you have five empty Lush tubs lying around, bring them to a nearby store and you’ll get a free face mask. Not a bad deal, huh?

Human Nature


We all know this local brand for its all-natural products. It also has a “Balik Bote, Bigay Buhay” program where you can send back up to 10 liters of empty Human Nature and other PET containers at their stores. These will be recycled instead of being dumped in landfills and waterways, and you can also help support Human Nature’s development projects to their partner communities from the proceeds.

Ellana Cosmetics

In case you didn’t know, Ellana Cosmetics actually accepts makeup empties from their brand. Just shoot them a message and ask how you can send back the containers.


The skincare brand uses “post-consumer recycled materials” for their packaging. So, it encourages customers to participate in its Recycle & Be Rewarded program. All you need to do is return full-sized empty Kiehl’s bottles and in return, you’ll get a stamp which will entail you to a travel-sized product once you get 10. You can also return deluxe samples and complimentary products, but you won’t get a stamp.

Messy Bessy

This home cleaning and beauty brand wants customers to return one, two, and four-liter containers to their stores for a P10 discount on all their items. You can also send back bottles that are less than a liter so the brand can recycle them.


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