Start the year well. Simple Swaps for Sustainable Shopping

13 January 2022

“Start the year well with these switches to a more sustainable style of shopping”

We’re focusing on our picks of the best sustainable products to help you make simple switches to your everyday routine; better for you, better for the planet. From recycling unwanted clothes to bringing your own shopping bag, even the smallest of changes add up to make a real difference and give you great peace of mind.

Many of the centre brands offer easy ways to help you shop smarter when it comes to sustainability. For example, clothes recycling programs are available in our Primark, H&M and M&S stores. Simply return any old or unwanted garments in store and they’ll be given a new lease of life – whether resold as used or broken down to create recycled materials. H&M members and M&S customers can also collect rewards each time they recycle, with loyalty points and vouchers available.

Primark Recover range

You can do the same for some of our beauty brands too. Boots, The Body Shop and Lush offer in-store recycling drop-offs. At Lush, customers will receive 50p towards their shopping for each item recycled in-store, and in return for five empties shoppers will also be treated to a free fresh face mask!

To help you make some simple sustainable switches in during your next visit to Merry Hill, we’ve pulled together a list of swaps for you to try:

Consider packaging-free haircare

At Lush, you can purchase solid bars to replace traditional bottled shampoo. The highly concentrated bars are plastic free and self- preserving, with each lasting for around 80 uses.

Priced at £9 and packed with natural ingredients, one bar can replace three 250g bottles of liquid shampoo.

Search for eco-friendly selfcare

It can be tricky to find responsibly sourced items at a low price. Try Primark’s Wellness Collection, which features 80 eco-conscious products across womenswear, menswear, homeware and skincare – all made using sustainable materials.

Priced from just £2, the range aims to encourage personal wellbeing, including sportswear made from recycled fabrics, cruelty-free beauty, soy wax blend candles and sustainable cotton and linen bedding.

H&M Conscious clothing range

Look out for recycled materials

If you’re refreshing your new year wardrobe, choose clothing made from sustainable materials.

H&M stocks a ‘Conscious’ clothing line across all departments, with each product containing at least 50% sustainable materials, like organic cotton or recycled polyester. Collect points every time you purchase a Conscious item – just look for the green tag on garments in-store.

And for your little ones, H&M’s latest children’s collection, bottle2fashion, transforms plastic bottle waste from across the islands of Indonesia into recycled polyester. 

Give refillable beauty a go

Reuse packaging to reduce waste when purchasing your beauty products. The Body Shop store has an in-store refill station, where aluminium bottles can be purchased and filled with the haircare, shower gel or hand wash of your choice. Once empty, simply bring back a clean, dry bottle to refill.

Bring your own bag

One of the easiest ways to shop more sustainably is simply to bring your own bags. In some of our stores, such as H&M, you can even collect member points for remembering your own bag.

If you do forget, plenty of our stores stock reusable shopping totes, the Fairtrade cotton bag from Lush also supports women in India by offering training and employment handcrafting sustainable textile products.