Earn Rewards for Recycling Your Clothing & Shoes

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..

49 Responses

  1. Monalisha says:

    Hi 

    Thanks for sharing such an important and informative post about the best  rewards  programs. After reading your post it is very clear to me that we can get rewards to recycle our own clothes and shoes. It may be a good way to make some out money too. We all have some clothes and shoes those we don’t like to use. But it is very disturbing to keep them in our self. On the other hand if we through it out side it will pollute our environment. But reading your post I understood that we can recycle the old and get the new one. It is really very helpful for all. It will save our environment and also our storage space. 

    Thanks again. I’ll share this post with my friends and family. 

  2. Baraka says:

    This article is very good and interesting. Recycling the items we have already used for instance  clothes and shoes is very important especially for controlling environmental pollution. I am very happy to know that there are companies that give rewards to people who want to recycle their belongings.I knew a little bit about Levis, but I’m happy to see that there are many other companies doing the same. Thank you very much.

    Baraka

  3. Wilson says:

    Holy crap, I had no idea these big brands did a recycling program. I guess it makes sense since eco-consciousness is trending these days. 
    I personally don’t buy a lot of clothes, and if I do it is only out of necessity. I always been a bit critical of people that buy clothes for just the sake of shopping, ending up with a closet full of clothes that are never worn, supporting toxic manufacturing processes that happen over seas.

     It gives me great relief that companies are battling this tendency with programs like these! 

    Thanks for sharing! I know a few people that will need this as a resource. 

    • Alyce says:

      The fashion industry does create a lot of waste, but it’s great to know that there are a handful of brands that are also trying to help minimize any negative impact by offering great clothing recycling programs!

  4. Bonnie says:

    Wow! What a great article. I had no idea companies were offering these benefits. I keep my clothing because I feel bad throwing it away just because I don’t want to wear it anymore. This is a great way to help the environment and clean up some of my storage space! I think my favorite is Nike, because no one would want the used shoes I have in storage. Thanks a lot!

    • Alyce says:

      It is definitely nice to know that your old clothing items can be transformed and recycled into something that will continue to be useful!

  5. Willy says:

    Wow! This is a really great opportunity to make few cash outside the monthly income. I have a lot of clothes and wears that aren’t good for me and my partner anymore and I think I have to try this out. I never knew there are a lot of earn reward programs like this that are ready to render few bucks for giving this clothing’s. Thanks for this helpful and informative review, those clothes occupying space at home are finally leaving.

  6. jessetoikkanen says:

    Good article about getting rewards for recycling your clothes. As you mentioned, the fashion industry causes huge amount of pollution. Actually the fashion and make-up industry causes more co2 to the atmosphere than worldwide flying traffic and ships combined. The fashion industry also uses 20% of world water resources. It’s always nice to see people giving tips on how to recycle and even getting rewarded about it. That’s called win-win, the environment gets less pollution and people get some money while another gets clothes.

    • Alyce says:

      I definitely agree — it’s always nice to see a relationship that is a win-win for everyone. Recycling clothing is a great way to minimize negative impacts from the clothing industry.

  7. Henderson says:

    Oh my, I never thought about this honestly. I have a lot of Nike air Jordan I don’t wear anymore. No one to dash it out too and I just don’t know why I couldn’t dispose it. The fact that I can actually get money back from my unwanted clothes are really good. It’s a win for me,the company and also the environment too. I’m glad I can do my own part in helping the environment and still make money in the process. Thanks for this eye opener.

    • Alyce says:

      Thank you for considering these recycling programs and helping to keep recyclable shoes and clothing items out of landfills!

  8. RoDarrick says:

    I have tons of these kinds of clothing materials that I no longer wear that are wasting at home. I never knew these clothing stores give rewards for recycling clothes. Wow! This is a great way to stack up some extra bucks to supplement monthly income. Though it is only Zara that I know of within my area and I will check with them to know if they offer such service since you stated that it is only within selected stores. I really wish the one in my area is among the selected stores.

    Thanks for your selfless service to humanity. God bless you

  9. Charles says:

    Thanks again for more information about great rewards programs. Wow 80 lb of clothing a year per person? I can’t remember the last clothing that I threw out. I even keep my socks with holes in them because maybe I could use them for something one day. But I think that’s great that people are encouraged to do more with clothes they no longer wants then just totally throw them out. Some companies even let you mail it in to them for free. That is pretty cool. Please keep making articles about these great reward programs and I will forward it to everyone I know who might be interested.

    • Alyce says:

      You’re not the only one who keeps old socks — I also keep them to to polish furniture and use as dust rags. Small acts like this add up to make a big overall difference so keep it up!

  10. Todd Matthews says:

    Crazy that clothes cause so much pollution to the environment. It’s something very few of us think of until we’re exposed to such information and when we are, the mind is blown. I’ve always done Goodwill donations (without knowing what really happens afterward), but these recycle rewards strategies would be just as good for certain brands. I think more companies will be offering identical reward programs in the future, allowing for more renewable outlets for years to come. 

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Todd, Goodwill is a great place to donate your old items. I have read that they can recycle the clothes that are too old for resale, so it’s helpful to take all your old clothing items (even the ones in really terrible shape)!

  11. Daniel says:

    I must say that this is not bad at all. Fortunately, I have a respectful salary so my wife and I enjoy going shopping and we have a lot of clothes and shoes. I never thought about this, we often throw away old shoes and clothes but this is a good idea about recycling. Some extra bucks are always welcomed, thank you for sharing this legitimate places.

    • Alyce says:

      Even if you don’t need to earn rewards for recycling your clothes, recycling certainly helps the environment and someone else probably enjoys being on the recieving end those gently worn items!

  12. My Daily Pointers says:

    I love that companies are finally stepping up to the plate and giving incentives for people to recycle their clothing and shoes.  Unfortunately many of the stores listed in this article are not available in my area but the few that are will be ones I will check out.

    I personally am totally about recycling clothing.  I suspect more than 75% of my current clothing items are used.  Some of them I have actually paid money for while others I traded for something in my closet that I no longer wear.

    Every little bit helps when it comes to saving our planet!  RECYCLE!

    • Alyce says:

      That is awesome! I have had clothing swaps with groups of friends and we all enjoy the chance to get rid of things that we no longer wear and pick up a few new things (new to us anyway…) at no cost!

  13. Kat says:

    I had no idea there were programs offering rewards for bringing your old clothes to stores as a way to reduce the pollution in the environment. This is awesome. I’ve always been an op shopper, mainly from when I was a uni student and it was cheap, while also recycling my clothes with op shops but over the years, I became more aware of the waste and impact of new clothes on the environment. So recycling became a more conscious action. I’m so glad to see that stores and brands are now getting in on the act too. I know it means they will continue to make new items, as there is always a demand for it anyway, however they are also acknowledging the need to reduce the impact on the environment, while also helping either organisations such as I support the Girls, or End Domestic Violence programs, or thrift shops who also offer help in local communities. It is a great incentive for companies to encourage people with discounts to help reduce the textiles going into landfill and who doesn’t love a bargain. Thanks so much for your super important and valuable sharing! Love it!

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks Kat! It’s great to know that more and more companies are taking a proactive stance in the fight against pollution and waste!

  14. Paul says:

    Excellent post, Alice, on a very worthwhile and eco-friendly activity.

    I’m pleased that you have included some Canadian addresses that I was not aware of. 

    I’m a big fan of recycling. 

    I come from a time and place where we recycled before it became mainstream. I’m also developing an allergic reaction to STUFF! I can’t believe the amount of stuff that I’ve accumulated over the years. 

    A few years ago, I began donating, giving away, and curtailing my “unnecessaries”. The feeling of freedom from all this material is game-changing. I now move stuff OUT and OFF my property as often as possible, and quite regularly. All off to recycling and repurposing.

    Thanks for motivating me even more, and offering some of these great suggestions that I was not aware of.

    Paul

  15. Anthony Hu says:

    Thanks for your post. I know a lot of places which we could donate our used clothes and shoes, but I am not aware of earning rewards by recycling them.

    My kids are in the middle school and they are growing very fast. The clothes and shoes are mostly used only one year. We need to donate some clothes and shoes. Now you introduced so many stores which reward for recycling the used items. I bookmarked your webpage and am going to find the stores near us. It is so nice we could get rewards by recycling.

    It is kind of you sharing such useful information with us

  16. Tama says:

    I’m very interested in recycling and getting rewards for my used clothes! I’m going to bookmark this article for future use. I going to sign up for the waitlist at For Days – that sounds like an awesome program! 

    I love Soma too and have donated bras and earned a discount. Great program. I’m excited to learn about these other programs too – thanks!
     

  17. Tru2yu says:

    I’m very pleased with your website As I am an adoptive parent in also a previously licensed foster parent! I have seen a lot of waste when it comes to how many of us discard our clothing and other items that we can reuse for somebody that needs it Hey. Thank you for offering this great idea supplying rewards for good deeds! Thanks for your post I enjoyed it very much.

  18. Christine says:

    This is great! I had no idea that clothing stores offered these recycling options. The only one in my hometown is Zara. I will check if they offer this, because you mentioned that for Zara it was only at select stores. I buy many clothes at a local second hand store, because they often have great quality clothes and even brand names. Now that I know that the stores you mentioned recycle clothes and shoes, I may shop with them now, online. I am pleasantly surprised that Nike participates in this. 

    I’m so glad I read this post. I learned something new today 🙂

  19. Dave Sweney says:

    Thanks for this comprehensive listing of all the stores and brands that offer clothing and/or shoe recycling programs where you can earn rewards. The recycling is something most people can participate in as it makes so much sense, and knowing where you can get some rewards for your effort is cool too.

    I had no idea that so many of the big companies are implementing this kind of a program, that made my heart warm when I read through them all. I live in Germany, and we regularly deposit our clothing, shoes, glass bottles, etc. into big bins that are centrally located.

    It does help out others that can use such items, and if you can get a reward, there will be a whole new segment of the populations across the globe that will start recycling. That is a good thing for everyone. It helps these companies with their image, but that is secondary.

    There are a number of ways to also sell your used clothing and shoes that I did not know about, so for those that may want to use this route as opposed to the other programs, these are ideal. I did not know about them either. You have given me lots of ideas with this article and it will do the same for many I think. Thanks again!   

  20. Alex says:

    Wow, recycling your clothes and shoes is a great way to stop pollution as it’s become a serious issue. Hopefully, more organization and companies will start realizing this soon enough and provide for options like these here to recycle and get rewarded for that. More people should know about this and become aware of the problems that we are facing. Become part of the solution and get rewarded for that. I love your post, keep up the great work.

  21. Pentrental says:

    I appreciate you bringing awareness to this topic as I never really considered fashion in this fashion. It’s nice to know that there are retailers out there who are providing rewards for recycled clothing. I always want to see more consignment shops out there. This is a wonderfully thorough list of retailers and the rewards that they offer. Also it’s nice to know that Nike takes donations. I’ll definitely keep this post handy so that I can refer back to it, well done!

  22. Harry says:

    I am a big recycle freak and this article came about at the right time when I was thinking about getting rid of some of my old clothes and shoes…

    Some of them I’ll definitely give some homeless people in my neighborhood and the rest of them are going recycling…

    Thanks a lot for letting me know about all those stores that provide benefits and rewards for recycling clothes…

    • Alyce says:

      You’re most welcome Harry! Thanks for recycling your items and I hope you’re able to enjoy some rewards for your efforts!

  23. Jay says:

    It is pretty awesome that this is actually a thing. I have actually heard of this but was not entirely sure if it was true. I have a lot of used clothes and shoes and I normally just dispose them. I had no idea I could actually make money from them by having them recycled. Like you said it is a win-win-win situation because I help the brand, I get paid in the process and we save the environment one step at a time.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Jay, I certainly agree. It great to find ways to minimize waste and even better if there are incentives to reward these behaviours! These are fantastic programs to know about!!

  24. Alenka says:

    Thank you for this useful list for recycling our unwanted clothes. I’ve used these discounts at Zara and it works so well. 

    Great to find out about the program where you can hire clothes for $8! What a great idea! I do hope it catches on because what the world does not need any more of are new clothes. 

    I’m going to print out this article (or do you maybe have it somewhere on your site as a PDF?) for future reference. 

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Alenka, I don’t currently have a PDF available (but that is a great idea)! However, you can find share buttons on the left side of the page for social media and other tools. 

  25. AmDetermined says:

    hi, thank you for your post because it is helpful by earning rewards for recycling clothes and shoes, i really appreciate your time to make research about list of stores to enjoy this rewards, sharing this information will do my friends good, all your rewards that you keep sharing makes me lovely among my friend i love you website.

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