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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