Origins logoLipstick tubes and powder compacts are tough to recycle, since they’re usually made of several different types of materials that need to be separated — something most recycling programs don’t have the capacity to do. But soon, you won’t need to send your old eyeshadow case to the landfills. Origins is launching Return to Origins, a new program that lets consumers bring in old cosmetic empties into Origins stores for recycling.

Starting March 29, more than 450 Origins retail stores and department store counters across the country will have recycling receptacles for your empties. Once collected, those empties will “be recycled, when possible, or responsibly converted to energy,” according to Origins.

Any brand’s empties will be accepted — a smart move, especially since Origins is owned by Estee Lauder, which owns many more less green beauty brands that WON’T be participating in this recycling program — so you don’t even need to be an Origins customer to recycle your compact. Origins will try to convert you into a customer though, with a free sample of A Perfect World Skin Cream or other Origins product.

And if you attend one of the Return to Origins kickoff events on Thurs., April 2, you can even get a free pampering beauty treatment! The first 250 New Yorkers to get to the GM Plaza (5th Ave and 58th St.) for the event happening 10 am - 11 am will get a free body treatment. In Los Angeles, all attendees who make it to 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, for the event happening 10 am - 10:30 am will get a free hand and arm massage.

Earlier: Origins Organics: USDA-certified organic personal care products

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Recycle cosmetics cases at Origins
Starting March 29, Origins stores and counters will accept your empty makeup containers for recycling.