Spotlight, 3 March 2022
Did you know that there are plenty of ways to not just recycle, but be rewarded for your efforts on the King’s Road? From in-store schemes you may not know about to discounts you could get with your daily coffee, here’s how to save money and save the planet on the King’s Road.
Where to recycle your empty beauty bottles
Got a load of empties? Boots, & Other Stories and Space NK are all collecting them in-store. Here’s the low down on how it works.
Earlier this year, Space NK launched drop off points in all 74 stores across the UK to collect old beauty packaging. In partnership with circular-economy company Handle Recycling, which aims to reduce beauty-industry waste by collecting and repurposing it, Space NK accept all recyclable beauty packaging, including items from other brands in-store.
Bring five empty products in to one of their in-store recycling bins and get 250 Boots Advantage Card points when you also spend £10 or more in the same visit (worth £2.50). To take part, register online, scan your products and upload them to the website, then bring them in store after 24 hours have passed. What’s more, Boots will also keep track of the number of empties you bring back, so you can see the impact you’re making on the planet.
& Other Stories
To recycle & Other Stories beauty packaging, bring back the empty containers and be rewarded with 10% off your next purchase (offer valid for three months).
Where to recycle your clothing
Having a declutter? Don’t chuck it. Nike and Sweaty Betty want your old trainers and yoga leggings, while & Other Stories will put your pre-loved textiles (even your old towels) to excellent use.
Bring your old leggings back into store and get £10 off your next £50 spend at Sweaty Betty. So far the fitness brand have kept over 10,000 pairs out of landfill since launching the scheme in partnership with SOEX in 2019. SOEX either turn leggings into new raw materials, send them for use in the rag trade or ensure anything that can’t be used is recycled properly. Simply put your unwanted leggings in the in-store bins (any brand of leggings are accepted).
M&S x Oxfam
Ever heard of Shwopping? The scheme is run in partnership with Oxfam to encourage swapping pre-loved clothes for money towards a new purchase. Take your unwanted clothes to Oxfam and receive a £5 M&S voucher so long as your donation contains at least one M&S item. The voucher can be redeemed on a £35+ spend on clothing, home and beauty products in M&S stores
With the Nike Grind initiative, Nike give your battered old running shoes a new lease of life. Drop off any brand of athletic trainers in-store (so long as there are no metal studs or spikes on them) and they’ll either be cleaned up and donated elsewhere, or sent away for recycling.
& Other Stories
Bring in old textiles from any brand (things like bed sheet and towels are also accepted) and they’ll be repurposed into things like insulation material, geofleece, carpet underlay and even stuffed toys! All you need to do is fill a bag and bring it into store. As a thank you, you’ll receive 10% off your next purchase.
Bring in your old Superga’s to recycle in store and you’ll receive 10% off your next pair. Doing good and looking good!
Other ways to live more sustainably on the King’s Road
Can’t live without your morning coffee from Pret? Save 50p every time simply by bringing a reusable cup with you. And there are a number of local recycling centres you can use for bigger decluttering jobs. Try World’s End Estate (Blantyre Street), King’s Road (west of Milman’s Street), Chelsea Manor Gardens (rear of Chelsea Town Hall) and Royal Hospital Road (between Franklin’s Row and Ormonde Gate).