There is a good mantra to live by: reduce, reuse, recycle and refuse, but the actual living of it is not nearly as easy as saying it aloud. The reuse addendum is particularly sticky because of the apparently limited number of options when it comes to reusing. I love me a good consignment store find and swing by the thrift store first before heading to the mall or splurging for a brand new item. But, how many uses are there for a mended upon stitched up old pair of jeans with holes on the patches of holes? I mean really. And, that “stuff” you can’t recycle in the tri-colored bins at the end of the driveway?
That’s where Terra Cycle comes in…
I feel like a broken record spitting out the same blurb over and over, but so many of the ideas that people come up with absolute floor me. The products, the ideas, the people – are simply ingenious. Individuals who have the ability to look at something ordinary, an everyday-duh kind of item and find a new use or a fantastic purpose make me smile. And, man alive, if you can take garbage, literally trash, and make it into something new – major props!
Terra Cycle is a company founded in 2001 by Tom Szaky a Princeton University freshman. Their entire motto is the idea of taking garbage and turning it into something useful. I’m not talking about recycled things that resemble their former self – there is no used paper that has been turned into pulp and regurgitated into crispy, clean white sheets. Terra Cycle is taking the chips bags from Doritos and the used wrappers from Skittles and making pencil pouches, binders and backpacks. They are breaking down the Capri Sun drink pouches and making fence posts (!!) and all-natural de-icer for your driveway. It’s an entire conglomeration of new found purposes for old, used up items.
On another front is the fundraiser portion and payback for collecting the trash in need and turning it into Terra Cycle. The list of desirables is long and diverse and has everything from organic food staples to snacky, grabbable treats and non-food goods like bicycle chains, circuit boards and billboard materials.
The construction of the products is seamless and you will find yourself scratching your head as you inspect the binder that is made entire of drink bottle wrappers, but looks like an ordinary binder. And, the juice box construction items are clearly just that, but it befuddles the mind to imagine the tools required to “sew” together a cookie wrapper lunchbox.
I’ve got the reduce, recycle and refuse part down and Terra Cycle is making a name for itself in a world that needs more options when it comes to “reusing”. They are a group of forward thinkers that has taken a seemingly endless landfill of waste and made an awesome product line!
Want to see Terra Cycle in action?! Check out this video or tune in to their new show on the National Geographic channel titled Garbage Moguls.
R-r-r-r-r-ready for the giveaway? Heck yes, you are!
Two lucky Sacred Bee Blog readers will win a Terra Cycle product – one lunch box and one pencil case!
Interested in entering the giveaway?
Comment on this post and tell me: What trash would you like to see made into something new?
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Winners will be drawn on Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 at 8:00pm PST.