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!
Continue reading to learn more about the 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).
Where to Recycle Old Clothing and Shoes
There are a number of ways to recycle clothing that is no longer worn for its intended purpose. Choose to recycle items with a retailer (sometimes for rewards and perks) or consider selling items that are in good condition.
Recycle Clothing and Shoes to Get Rewards and 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!
This brand offers two different types of recycling options — and you’ll get a 10% off voucher that is good for one purchase (valid for 3 months)!
- Return textiles from any brand (including old socks and towels) to any store
- Return empty & Other Stories beauty containers to any store
Receive a $10 discount on your purchase of full-price Ariat denim in Ariat Brand Shops, Ariat Outlet Stores, and participating JAX Outdoor Goods Stores when you contribute one pair of jeans to the Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program through 12/31/2021.
Cuyana has partnered with thredUP (online consignment & thrift store) to expand their Lean Closet program. Send in your like-new items, and you will receive an email about credit earned on your unwanted clothing items. Your earnings will be received as Cuyana credits to use on cuyana.com, plus Cuyana will also add an extra 15% of shopping credit!
Donate and recycle your shoes (new or gently-used) at any DSW location and receive 50 loyalty points in your DSW VIP account. Your donations will be sorted and vetted to nonprofit organizations in developing countries through the Soles 4 Souls 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.
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.
Drop off denim (from any brand) at your local Levi’s store or outlet for recycling and save 20% off a single item!
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.
Bring in any brand of old jeans to Madewell for recycling and get $20 off of the purchase of a new pair of jeans!
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 receive a coupon for 10% off of your next order.
Receive 20% off a new pair of O.N.S jeans when you bring your old pair of jeans to the 201 Mulberry Street store in NYC. Offer valid in-store only and discount must be used the same day. Note that this offer is not valid on denim shirts.
Patagonia has a couple of different methods to recycle your garments.
- They accept all Patagonia products for recycling with an easy process: either mail items to them with a prepaid shipping label or drop them off at a Patagonia retail store or participating dealer.
- Trade-in most Patagonia products to get credit towards new gear with the Worn Wear program
Bring your old denim from any brand to a rag & bone store and receive 25% off your denim purchase that day (jeans, jackets, shorts, or skirts).
Reformation has partnered with thredUP (online consignment & thrift store) to expand their RefRecycling program. Send back items in like-new condition 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. Watch for special promotion periods where Reformation adds an extra 15% of shopping credit to your total!
Soma Stores has partnerships with nonprofits that make it easy to drop off gently used bras for recycling while also earning rewards. Donate new or gently used bras at any boutique and get rewarded with up to $10 in Love Soma Rewards per month!
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Return + Recycle: When you get your new threads you send your oldies back to us to recycle. That’s a closed-loop system.
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 the store in advance to confirm).
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!
Timbuk2 offers a lifetime guarantee on all of its 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 include drinks, snacks, tunes, and a chance to meet the local charity partner who will put your old bag to use.
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.
Send your used shoes back (up to 50 pounds per box) with a free pre-paid shipping label. Go to your Zappos account and print as many free labels as you need. The shoe donations benefit Soles 4 Souls foundation.
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 making an online order). Note this service is only available at select stores.
More Ways to Recycle Clothing
In addition to the above programs that recycle clothing into something new, items that are still in good condition may be sold for cash to online consignment shops including Swap.com, TheRealReal, ThredUp, and Poshmark.
In addition to all the great places where you can be rewarded for recycling your clothing and shoes, make sure to check out the places you can be rewarded for recycling: