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Sustainable shopping: The retailers making a conscious change

Wondering how you can make positive changes for our planet? Our retailers are right there with you.

To make it easy, we've created the ultimate guide to some of the sustainable recycling initiatives and planet-loving programs your favourite brands are participating in so you can make a conscious choice to go greener this year.

Take charge of your e-waste footprint

As we continue to upgrade our tech devices more often, it has never been more important (or more accessible) to responsibly recycle any unwanted devices. These are the brands near you that offer convenient recycling opportunities to lower the environmental impact of e-waste on our planet.

Samsung

In collaboration with local recycling schemes and organisations, Samsung take back and recycle e-waste globally by providing regionally customised collection services so that consumers can conveniently dispose of their waste products.

The collected e-waste goes through pre-processing that includes sorting and crushing to be reused as sources for metals and plastic at recycling facilities.

Head instore today on level 2 near Big W or find out more here.

Telstra

With over 500,000 devices recycled since their partnership with Mobile Muster began, it’s never been easier to take part in Telstra’s mobile recycling program. Simply head in-store and recycle your device at the drop-off point, or you can even trade in your old device for a more affordable upgrade.

Head instore on level 1 near Myer or find out more here.

Return and recycle

Big W

Launched in 2022, Toys for Joy is the first recycling program of its kind and aims to reduce landfill by recycling eligible, preloved toys. Collection points are available in every BIG W store and it’s so easy to get involved. Simply round up your toys and drop them into the Toys for Joy chest at your local Big W store. Your donations then get passed on to the team at Terracycle to divert these items from ending up in landfill.

Drop yours off today at Big W on Level 2 or find out more here.


Image source: Big W

Innisfree

Sustainability is at the core of innisfree and plays a major role in both product packaging and ingredients. Their partnership with Close the Loop sees empty (and almost empty) beauty products recycled or remanufactured into other products.

And the best part is that you can be rewarded for every product you choose to recycle, meaning a win for the planet and a win for your beauty cabinet!

Talk to the team in store on level 1 near Zara or find out more here.


Image source: Innisfree

Jurlique

Give your Jurlique products a second life by recycling your empty Jurlique packaging through TerraCycle for free, or by returning them to the Jurlique boutique located on level 2.

As a thank-you, each empty Jurlique product returned in-store* entitles you to a 10% discount on one new product.

See in store on level 2 near Harris Scarfe for more details.

L'Occitane

L'Occitane works with over 130 French farmers and 10,000 pickers to ensure that the highest quality, sustainably-sourced ingredients go into their range. Since introducing eco-refills packs in 2008, there are now 26 products in the refillable range from body and hand wash to shampoo and liquid soap, meaning you can choose to use on average 85% less plastic and opt for an environmentally friendly option.

Head in store today on Level 2 near Harvey Norman or find out more here.

Image source: L'Occitane

Mecca

To ensure your beauty empties don’t end up in landfill, Mecca have partnered with TerraCycle®, the global leader in recycling the ‘unrecyclable’. Rather than throwing away your used empties, the TerraCycle® program accept these hard to recycle items, ready to be sorted, processed and transformed into something new (and just as beautiful).

All MECCA stores have an in-store TerraCycle® bin that’s made from 100 percent post-consumer waste, including some from the 150,000 empty beauty containers our customers and team members have already recycled through TerraCycle®. So next time you reach the end of your favourite beauty product, head into your local MECCA store and pop your empties into the labelled bin (or pass them on to a team member at the registers), and they’ll take care of the rest.

Head instore on level 2 near H&M or find out more here.

TreadLightly

TreadLightly is a national recycling initiative by the Australian Sporting Goods Association and national leading recyclers, Save Our Soles, who responsibly recycles unwanted sport and active lifestyle footwear in Australia to give these shoes new life. Reduce your footprint by simply dropping any of your unwanted shoes (including school shoes, running shoes, football or soccer shoes, casual slides or thongs) in at any of the TreadLightly collection unit within Ecco, Glue, Hype DC, JD Sports, Platypus Shoes, rebel, Shoes & Sox, The Athletes Foot.

Find out more here.

Zara

Zara, in collaboration with local non-profit organisations, recovers garments that are no longer used and gives them a second life. Simply head in-store and place your donation in the containers. Zara will either donate these pieces to aid not-for-profit organisations or transform them into new fabrics.

Head in-store on level 2 near Harvey Norman to make your donation, or find out more here.

Planet-loving products

With an increasing number of retailers offering sustainable ranges, you'll be spoilt for choice. Check out the responsible, planet-loving products these brands have to offer.

Country Road

Country Road is renowned for championing industry-leading initiatives, and in 2022 launched The Country Road Climate Fund—providing $1.5 million in grant funding over its first three years to drive climate solutions in the fashion industry. Recognised as a leading responsible retailer, the brand is proud to support partnerships with Australian farmers, manufacturers and First Nations communities, and focuses on embedding sustainability initiatives into its business.
The first Australian fashion retailer to partner with Oritain to scientifically verify fibre origin, Country Road proudly offers styles made from Verified Australian cotton and Verified Australian Merino that can be traced back to Australian farms. Organically grown fibres, recycled materials and Australian Made items also feature in the brand’s collections.

Visit the store on Level 2 near Myer or find out more here.


Image source: Country Road

Gorman

Gorman crafts a minimum of 25% of their products from GOTS certified organic cotton. With a commitment to continue expanding the use of sustainable fibres in their clothing, their collections include tencel, recycled polyester, non-mulesed merino, recycled cotton fibre and raw rattan linen.

Visit the store on level 2 near Myer or find out more here.


Image source: Gorman

Kathmandu

Since 2019, Kathmandu have been part of the global B Corp movement, which means it meets high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Fast-forward to today, and they are proud to have been re-certified! In addition to this achievement, they have been commended by B Lab for the significant improvements made to their impact and are leading a global movement for an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy.

There’s so much more to explore, like more of their current certifications and list of preferred materials. Find out more >

The Body Shop

Founder Anita Roddick believed that business could be a force for good. With an ambition to become the world’s most ethical and sustainable business, The Body Shop works fairly with farmers and suppliers through their Community Trade programme, produces their packaging mostly from recycled sources, are 100% vegetarian, and stand firmly against animal testing.

Find out more >

Image source: The Body Shop


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