Did you know that fashion is one of the world’s most polluting industries? An average American throws away over 80 pounds of clothing each year — which adds up to 11 million tons of textile waste in the USA alone.

Fortunately, there are many retailers who are working to minimize these numbers, and even provide rewards for recycling your used clothing items!

Denim Blue Jeans Pockets
Recycling Clothing including Denim Blue Jeans

Continue reading to learn more about 16 stores that provide benefits and rewards for recycling. As a bonus, there are even more stores that make it easy to recycle your unwanted clothing items (even if they don’t provide a bonus).

Recycle Your Old Clothing & Shoes to Get Rewards & Discounts!

The following programs make it easy to drop off your used items for recycling and receive rewards. It’s a win-win-win scenario, as the company receives increased traffic and brand loyalty, the environment is spared the excess pollution, and you get an immediate benefit in the form of rewards and discounts!

1. & Other Stories

This brand offers two different types of recycling options — and will give you a 10% off voucher that is good for one purchase (valid for 3 months)!

  • & Other Stories beauty containers: drop off at the NYC store at 575 Broadway
  • Textiles: drop off any textiles (including old socks and towels) to any store

2. ARIAT

Receive a $10 discount on your purchase of full-price Ariat denim in Ariat Brand Shops or Ariat Outlets when you contribute one pair of jeans to the Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program through 12/31/19.

3. Cuyana

Cuyana has partnered with thredUP (online consignment & thrift store) to expand their Lean Closet program. Complimentary Cuyana x thredUP shipping labels will be included with every domestic online order from cuyana.com, and is also available in stores. Use your label to pare down your closet to fewer, better pieces and help benefit women through H.E.A.R.T.

Send back items, and you will receive an email about credit earned on the items you sent. These earnings will be received as Cuyana credits to use on cuyana.com, plus Cuyana will add an extra 15% of shopping credit!

Note that this program only provides credit for items that you no longer need / want that are in like-new condition.

4. DSW Shoes

Donate your new or gently-worn shoes at any DSW location and receive 50 loyalty points in your DSW VIP account.

5. Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher Clothing Recycling Program
Eileen Fisher RENEW Clothing Recycling Program

Bring back your EILEEN FISHER clothes in any condition to a US EILEEN FISHER or Renew store and receive $5 in Renew Rewards for each piece, redeemable in our stores or online at eileenfisher.com. You may also ship your items back with this program if you do not live near a store.

6. J Jill

J Jill holds a biannual Compassion Fund clothing drive. During this time you’ll receive 10% off one full-priced item for every gently worn clothing item you donate in store. Follow on social media or subscribe to emails to be notified of the clothing drive dates.

7. Levi’s

Drop off denim from any brand at your local Levi’s store or outlet for recycling and save 20% off a single item!

8. H&M

Drop your bag of unwanted clothing in the recycling box at your local store. All textiles are welcome – any brand, any condition – even odd socks, worn-out T-shirts and old sheets. The textiles are then sent to the nearest recycling plant, where they’re sorted by hand. For every bag of textiles you drop off, you’ll receive a discount card for 15% off your next in-store purchase.

9. Madewell

Madewell Jeans Recycling Program
Madewell Jeans Recycling Program

Bring in any brand of old jeans to Madewell for recycling and get $20 off of the purchase of a new pair of jeans!

10. MYLES

MYLES Apparel has partnered with The Renewal Workshop to create the Extra Myles program. MYLES will take back your well-worn Myles clothes to renew or repurpose them. To thank you for keeping apparel out of landfills, you will recieve a coupon for 10% off of your next order.

11. The North Face

The North Face Clothing and Shoes Recycling Program
The North Face Clothing and Shoes Recycling Program

Bring in your old clothing and footwear to a retail or outlet store to receive a $10 towards your next $100 purchase at The North Face.

12. O·N·S

Receive 20% off a new pair of O.N.S jeans when you bring your old pair of jeans to our 71 Green Street flagship in SoHo. Offer valid in-store only and must be used the same day. Note that this offfer is not valid on denim shirts.

13. Patagonia

Patagonia Recycling Programs
Patagonia Recycling Programs

Patagonia has a couple of different method to recycle your garments.

14. Rag & Bone

Bring in your old denim to rag & bone and receive 20% off your denim purchase that day (jeans, jackets, shorts, or skirts). Limited time only.

15. Reformation

Reformation has partnered with thredUP (online consignment & thrift store) to expand their RefRecycling program. Free shipping labels are available to use on any box and can be sent via FedEx or USPS. Send back items, and you will receive an email about credit earned on the items you sent. These earnings will be received as Ref shopping credits to use on thereformation.com, plus during special promotion periods, Reformation may add an extra 15% of shopping credit!

Note that this program only provides credit for items that you no longer need / want that are in like-new condition.

16. Soma

The Bra Recyclers and Soma Stores around the United States have partnered to make it easy to drop off your gently used bras. A portion of the bras collected are distributed to shelters affiliated with I Support The Girls and the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Additionally, there are limited time offers available to save $10 – $20 on the purchase of full price bras when you make a donation!

17. Vans

Vans Family Shoe Recycling Program
Vans Family Shoe Recycling Program

Vans has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for all brands and types of shoes at participating retailers. Participants will earn points through the Vans Family app.

Other Clothing Recycling Programs

While no points or monetary incentives are given with these programs, you can rest easy knowing that your waste does not end up in landfills or polluting the environment.

1. For Days

This is a new concept where you buy items once, then pay $8 when you are finished with it and want to swap it for something else. There is currently a waitlist (sign up here), but it works like this:

  1. Join Once: Get your organic cotton For Days items ($38). Each piece comes with a lifetime membership – you’re only charged again when you want to swap.
  2. Swap Out: You’re in the driver’s seat. Whenever you’re ready for something new, swap any item, anytime for anything for $8, forever, really.
  3. Return + Recycle: When you get your new threads you send your oldies back to us to recycle. That’s a closed loop system.

2. Nike

NIKE Shoe Recycling Program
NIKE Shoe Recycling Program

When your shoes can’t handle another mile, trip up the court, or cut across the field, Nike wants them back. Their Reuse-A-Shoe program recycles athletic shoes (from any brand) at the end of their life, giving them a new life through Nike Grind. This makes it easy for materials to live on from one product to the next—just drop your used shoes at a Nike retail store (most stores can accept donations, but it’s best to contact store in advance to confirm).

3. Planet Aid

Drop off ALL of your used clothing (even very worn and holey items) in their yellow bins. Items in good condition will be sold at thrift stores and non-wearable items will be recycled and kept out of landfills!

3. Timbuk2

Timbuk2 offers a lifetime guarantee on all of their products, and even has a library of spare parts for those who want to do their own repairs. However, when you no longer have a need for the bag, they will recycle the bag via a partnership with The Renewal Workshop. They also host “Break Up With Your Bag” parties at select locations throughout the year, which includes drinks, snacks, tunes, and a chance to meet the local charity partner who will put your old bag to use.

4. UNIQLO

UNIQLO is working to maximize the use of UNIQLO clothing that their customers no longer wear. They collect clothing from customers at UNIQLO and GU stores, and distribute the wearable items to refugees, disaster victims and others in need worldwide. Clothing that is deemed unwearable is recycled into refuse paper and plastic fuel (RPF) pellets for fuel.

5. Zappos For Good / Soles 4 Souls

Send your used shoes back (up to 50 pounds per box) with a free prepaid shipping label. Go to your Zappos account and print as many free labels as you need. The shoe donations benefit Soles 4 Souls foundation.

6. ZARA

Bring the clothes you no longer wear and put them in the containers in our stores (or select countries can choose to have used clothing picked up after makin an online order). Note this service is only available at select stores.

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In addition, your nicer and newer items may be sold for cash to online consignment shops including Swap.com, TheRealReal, ThredUp, and Poshmark.

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In addition to all the great places that you can be rewarded for recycling your clothing and shoes, make sure to check out the places you can be rewarded for recycling old beauty products and containers, household items, and old electronics..