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Off the Rack: March Highlights and My Recycling Experience at H&M


Spring highlights at H&M

On Friday, I visited my local H&M store to check out the new pants collection, pick up some new maternity duds and drop off a bag of clothes to be recycled. In case you missed it, all H&M stores now offer garment recycling collection services and when you bring in a bag of clothes, you get a 15% off coupon good for the item of your choice. I teamed up with H&M to help get this message out and you can see the video I created here. But aside from that, as a customer, I just wanted to see if my local store was actually participating and I was so glad that yes, they are! The process was really simple, just drop off your clothes at the checkout and get your coupon. Easy peasy. I asked the store employee how big each bag should be and he didn't seem to know, so I think if you filled a regular size plastic shopping bag from the grocery store or a reusuable tote, you'd be good to go. You can bring up to two bags per day.

Moving on...I ogled lots of fab spring pieces that I can't actually wear since I'm preggers. You would think you could just size up in things but that hasn't been working too well for me. LOL. Oh well. I'm loving all the print pants, bold floral prints and pretty pastels. Silver heels and coral accessories also caught my eye on this trip, two affordable ways to update your wardrobe for spring.

I'll share my maternity finds in another post, which included a striped tee, navy skinnies and a coral cardigan (technically not maternity but it fit well).

Have you tried out H&M's recycling program yet? Picked up any new spring items?

Spring highlights at H&M

Spring highlights at H&M

Spring highlights at H&M

Spring highlights at H&M

Spring highlights at H&M

Spring highlights at H&M

Spring highlights at H&M

Spring highlights at H&M

Spring highlights at H&M

Spring highlights at H&M

Spring highlights at H&M

Spring highlights at H&M

Spring highlights at H&M

Spring highlights at H&M

Spring highlights at H&M

Spring highlights at H&M

Spring highlights at H&M

Spring highlights at H&M

Spring highlights at H&M

Spring highlights at H&M

floral dress at H&M

Photo credit: TheBudgetBabe.com
Comments
Does it have to be H&m clothes?
#1 Lauren on 2013-03-18 15:32 (Reply)
No, it can be from any store, any brand, in any condition.
#1.1 The Budget Babe on 2013-03-19 08:16 (Reply)
Loving all the spring pieces! I went to check out the recycling at my nearest H&M but the store was a mess and one floor was closed off for refurbishment, so I will have to check again next time!

xoxo
Stacey

Five Minute Style 
#2 Stacey (Homepage) on 2013-03-18 17:09 (Reply)
What concerns me the most about this is where the clothes go. Do you know anything about that?
#3 Alaina on 2013-03-18 17:15 (Reply)
Hmm maybe the US gets a better deal, but at my local H&M they told me I'd only get $5 for 2 bags worth of items, which doesn't really make it worth the trip. I'd spend about that much just taking the bus with my clothes :p Yes, I know it's supposed to be for the environment, but I think H&M could have done this better.
#4 MizzJ (Homepage) on 2013-03-18 21:48 (Reply)
Does it have to be H&M clothing? Or anything?

Also they have some of the MOST AMAZING jackets there right now. Love your pics. I think it is pretty awesome what they are trying to do. Thanks for the FYI...

xo- Jamie
makeuplifelove.com
#5 Jamie (Homepage) on 2013-03-18 23:33 (Reply)
I'm a manager at H&M and the clothes don't have to be H&M clothes to recycle. They can be any clothes in any condition that you would like to get rid of. From what my team was told, the clothes are sent to headquarters in Sweden who then send the clothes through a kind of refurbishing process like breaking down the fabrics and then reusing them in clothes that will become a part of our conscious collection.
#6 Via on 2013-03-19 01:51 (Reply)
I have been so jealous of all of these H&M posts until last week when I found out that H&M is opening a store in the French Quarter! I wish it wasn't downtown. (Pay to park and it's such a pain to get down there.) But I will have to save my clothes so I can take advantage of this!
#7 Elizabeth on 2013-03-19 09:19 (Reply)
This is a really cool idea...but correct me if I'm wrong...wasn't H&M one of the stores who were found to have been just throwing out damaged clothing in mall dumpsters a few years back?? I'd be afraid they were just doing the same thing with all my used clothes. Don't get me wrong, it'd be nice to get a discount coupon and I get the whole "green" thing but I'd rather my clothes go to someone who could really use them. Still, it could be a good option for people looking for alternatives to straight out donating.
#8 Nikki on 2013-03-19 17:08 (Reply)
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