TerraCycle Renovates Its New Jersey Offices With Quirky Upcycled Designs

by , 08/12/11
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We here at Inhabitat have long been huge fans of TerraCycle’s fun and fresh upcycled products and events throughout New York. Now their recent, homemade office renovations solidify their reputation as the hippest and possibly most committed waste repurposing company around.

Founded 10 years ago by two Princeton freshman, Tom Szaky and Jon Beyer, TerraCycle made its first eco-wave by creating an all natural plant food and fertilizer called Worm Poop (ingredients are self-explanatory) from their school’s cafeteria waste. Since then, the company has grown to repurposing packaging waste from giant companies such as Mars, Inc., Kraft, Kashi, Frito Lay, and Wrigley’s, creating tote bags, pencil cases, clipboards, eco speakers, and more. These products are in turn, sold in major retailers such as Target and Walmart, who display them beside their familiar pre-recycled products.

TerraCycle also employs the help of national “brigades” formed in schools and communities to collect non-recyclable or hard to recycle products throughout the country. As an incentive to join a brigade and dumpster dive in your own neighborhood, TerraCycle donates 2 cents per unit of waste collected to the charity of your choice or provides funds for the participating school.

Not only has TerraCycle been named one of the 100 most innovative companies by Red Herring Magazine, but they have also received the Environmental Stewardship Award from Home Depot in Canada. They have been featured on CBS, ABC, Fox News, NBC and have been published in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, BusinessWeek, The Globe and Mail, The Chicago Sun Times, and National Post. In July 2006, Inc. Magazine ran a cover story calling TerraCycle “The Coolest Little Start-up in America”

To join a brigade, become a collection center, or even hone your trash designing skills as an intern, visit TerraCycle for more information.

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Via The New York Times

Images © TerraCycle via Facebook



  1. Laura Gullett September 5, 2015 at 2:33 pm
    Imv-In the day to day real world all of the products that are used to make these products will exist, whether TerraCycle chooses to use them or not. I drink Aquafina, that is packaged in plastic bottles. I recycle the bottles and I have worked in companies who make plastic products, so I know how plastic itself is recycled. If I wanted to I could make something with the bottles like the wall here for instance. I found this because I want to make a cheap outdoor wall in the back from plastic that will handle the ice, but be temporary, so that I don't need a permit. Using the plastic bottles would be a great idea.
  2. lmv March 6, 2014 at 12:24 pm
    we shouldn´t stimulate the use of non-recycle products ... this is not cool at all ... this is a way to legitimize the use of these substances instead of stimulating alternative, healthy products ... not cool ....
  3. Andrew Reichold March 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm
    Part of their work on this project reminds me of a project I did as a senior as an undergrad 12 yrs ago where I designed an entire interior curved wall made out of a lego like water bottles that were currently on the market in Europe. The project took the idea of a repurposed commercial product a bit farther and greener by using it as a passive solar collector to help heat the building during the colder months. Sun shades operated to allow light in to heat the water stored in the wall. Controlled ventilation would help circulate the air throughout the entire structure. Take a look if anyone is interested. Pics 10-12 highlight the wall. http://in-between.us/architecture/water_tower_residence/