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OUR REFILL & RECYCLING SCHEMES

WE’RE IN A GLOBAL PLASTIC CRISIS. THIS IS WHAT WE’RE DOING ABOUT IT.

The planet is drowning in plastic. The beauty sector generates billions of pieces of packaging every year – most of which ends up in landfills or the ocean. At The Body Shop, we’re always working to reduce our impact on the planet, and we’re committed to becoming the most sustainable business that we can be. We’re focusing on using fewer plastic materials where possible, using more plant-based and recycled plastic and helping people around the world to reuse, repurpose and recycle it. Here’s how we’re doing it.

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RETURN. RECYCLE. REPEAT.

Back in 1993, our founder Dame Anita Roddick started a pretty revolutionary in store refill and recycling scheme. It was a big hit, and we know from listening to our customers how much you all loved it.

In 2019, we decided to bring it back. With so many different materials and guidelines around now, it can be confusing figuring out what to do with the bits in your bathroom cabinet. We relaunched our in store recycling scheme to make it easier for you to recycle your empty tubs and tubes with us.

HOW DOES OUR RECYCLING SCHEME WORK?

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STEP 1

Next time you visit us in store, return any empty plastic bottles. Speak to a member of staff first, so they can fill you in on our recycling scheme, what you can recycle and where to return your empties.

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STEP 2

With a member of staff, put your clean, empty packaging into the recycling bin. Once the bin is full, our recycling partners collect it so they can recycle.

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STEP 3

Whenever you’re near a store, pop by and do it again! Every time you bring your empty packaging in store, we’ll recycle it. It really is that simple.

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WHERE CAN I RECYCLE MY PACKAGING?

We have a number of stores that will be happy to help you recycle your empty packaging.

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WHAT IS CIRCULAR ECONOMY?

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation says that ‘a  circular economy  is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems.’

Put simply, it’s about eliminating waste and using things for as long as possible. Ultimately, our goal is for all of our products and packaging to be compostable, refillable or returnable. We’re working hard on this, but it’s going to take some time. We hope you’ll be with us, every step of the journey.