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A new way to reuse

before you recycle


Introducing our Returnable Shipping Program.

Our commitment to environmental responsibility guides all that we do: from product formulation to packaging choices. As part of this commitment, we’ve launched our Returnable Shipping Program—a US pilot initiative available for eligible Auto Replenishment orders only.

Eligible guests enrolled in our Auto Replenishment Program now have the option to return their Aveda returnable shipping boxes to us and we’ll put them to re-use up to 20 times.1

We are committed to more sustainable practices, our mission of sustainability is expanded to reusing materials before they’re recycled.




Step 1: When your Auto Replenishment order arrives, cut the box’s zip tie seals. (If you send those zip ties back with your shipping box, we can recycle those, too.)


Step 2: Unzip the box and remove your new Aveda products. Recycle the protective paper curbside.


Step 3: Collapse the empty shipping box: lift up the base and fold in the shorter sides.


Step 4: Fasten the outer layers together with the pre-paid return shipping label face-up.


Step 5: Drop off your shipping box to any UPS location or UPS DropBox.




Our Returnable Shipping Program is optional, available exclusively when enrolled in our Auto Replenishment Program and purchase eligible litres.2 Launched in partnership with Returnity, an award-winning company with a mission to tackle shipping and delivery packaging waste, this program makes it simple to reduce our corrugate packaging weight by 89%.3

Guests who are enrolled in our Auto Replenishment Program and purchase qualifying litres can sign up by clicking here and adding your email address. The option for the returnable shipper will be stored in your account and applied to your next Auto Replenishment Aveda litre order.

Your next Auto Replenishment order will arrive with the returnable shipper. This inner shipper package is produced with a minimum of 35% recycled content, including 25% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) and 10% Post-Industrial Recycled (PIR) material. The outer recycled shipper package is covered with a fabric made with 90% recycled polyester fibers consisting of 70% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) and 20% Post-Industrial Recycled (PIR) materials.


The Aveda way: our legacy of caring for the earth and the people who live in it


We are proud to have been the first beauty company to use 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) PET in packaging. Today, more than 85% of our skin care and styling PET bottles and jars contain 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials, setting new industry standards for packaging sustainability.

Our Returnable Shipping Program reduces waste by inviting you to take an active role in sustainability efforts, together. We believe that this model—one that blends ingenuity with community efforts—is our best hope at promoting a brighter future for all.

“Consumers understand the impact of waste on the earth and expect brands to help them play an active role in helping reduce that waste,” says Edmond Irizarry, Aveda’s Executive Director, Global Packaging Development. “At Aveda, we are always focused on ‘thinking outside the box,’ literally, in this case, and we continuously challenge ourselves in all facets of our business. This packaging initiative is one of them—it is a starting point to assess demand and need.”

1Based on an empty Aveda corrugate shipping box and dunnage and an empty returnable shipper used 20 times.

2Eligible litres include: rosemary mint purifying shampoo, weightless conditioner & hand and body wash; shampure nurturing shampoo, conditioner & hand and body wash; botanical repair strengthening shampoo & conditioner; nutriplenish shampoo & conditioner light and deep moisture; invati advanced exfoliating shampoo light, rich and thickening conditioner; blue malva shampoo; cherry almond softening shampoo & conditioner; color conserve shampoo & conditioner; pure abundance volumizing shampoo & conditioner; scalp benefits balancing shampoo; be curly shampoo; brilliant shampoo & conditioner; damage remedy restructuring shampoo. .

3Based on conservative estimate of supplier’s/ Returnity’s analysis of the expected usable life of the box.