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 tubs, tubes and pots. 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, Sembcorp®, collect it so they can recycle or repurpose it into new items like park benches and playgrounds.

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STEP 3

Our staff will issue you a stamp on your Perkd app for every plastic bottle returned*. Collect 5 stamps and receive a reward! It's a little thank you for helping us recycle for the planet.

*Applicable to 50ml or bigger plastic bottles/tubs from The Body Shop™ only. Stamps will only be issued for bottles that are clean, empty, and dry. Rewards are only valid for Love Your Body™ club members.

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WHAT DO I GET IN RETURN FOR RECYCLING?

We’re thrilled our Love Your Body™ Club members have been so on board with our Return, Recycle, Repeat scheme. Thank you for helping us recycle for the planet. As you know, we’ve been rewarding your planet-loving efforts with our Rewards. The £5 Recycle Reward Voucher programme has now come to an end, but you can continue to take your old bottles, tubs, tubes, jars and pots in store for us to recycle for you. We are continuing to look at more innovative ways to help the environment (like our Community Fair Trade plastics programme) so make sure you keep a look out for updates!

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WHERE DOES OUR EMPTY PACKAGING GO?

Once the recycling bins are full up, our recycling partners Sembcorp® collect them and replace them with a new one. The empty packaging gets sorted by Sembcorp® before being repurposed and recycled into raw materials for new products. We repeat this process every time you completely fill up our recycling bins.

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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.