Terracycle and the quest to eliminate the idea of waste.

Heard about Terracycle yet?

‘TerraCycle’s purpose is to eliminate the idea of waste. We do this by creating national recycling systems for the previously non-recyclable. The process starts by offering collect programmes (many of them free) to collect your waste and then convert the collected waste into a wide range of products and materials. With over 14 million people collecting waste in 11 countries together we have diverted billions of pieces of waste that are either upcycled or recycled into over 1,500 various products available at major retailers ranging from Walmart to Whole Foods Market. Our hope is to eliminate the idea of waste by creating collection and solution systems for anything that today ends up in landfill.’ – from www.terracycle.ie

Terracycle was founded by a like minded eco-entrepreneur Tom Szaky, who’s initial business was set up in his Princeton dorm. He collected organic scraps from the dorms and fed them to worms to make compost. To bottle the compost, two forms – liquid and compost, he collected discarded plastic bottles from the campus and began the initial company that has now grown into one of the fastest growing green company in the world.

It is a simple concept, if you are Environmentally Responsible like most Claire Lewis fans are, and want to start collecting one of the waste streams that Terracycle collect, you do the following simple steps:

1. Log onto www.terracycle.com – choose your country and you will find out the different products available to you to start collecting.

2. Register with a local brigade or start a new one.

3. Start collecting and fill a box or two. Print out a label and start gaining €0.02 per item. You can use this money to purchase products that are up cycled from the trash you send back or you can cash the cheque into a local charity.

If you are a school or creche you can also avail of this money collected and put it back into your school.

Tom is one of my idols! Amazing guy it is a goal of mine to work with him some day 🙂

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