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TerraCycle Makes it Simple to UPCYCLE, RECYCLE

by Tao Oliveto, Carrboro, NC

I’m still awed and inspired by the Terracycle eco-capitalist model and their recycling programs. Here’s a bit more about it –

Status Quo (or, How We Got Here) Capitalism: takes raw materials from the earth which causes depletion and destruction of resources and habitats >>> sends it to a factory which uses polluting and wasteful manufacturing processes >>> products go to consumers, most of which end up in landfills.

Eco-Capitalism: Uses garbage as raw material >>> sends to a more sustainably-operated factory >>> products go to consumers >>> products disposed of are recycled and/or turned back into raw material.

TerraCycle points out that there is no waste in nature and we must achieve that same level of sustainability to well, sustain on this earth.

This sounds like Einstein got together with a couple of college kids and… hey, I guess it sort of happened that way at TerraCycle, although the college students didn’t need an Einstein. A little bit of science, logic and passion did the trick.

Now for those ingenius recycling programs of theirs – go here to sign up for yourself, your school, neighborhood, workplace, daycare, or organization. You won’t need any form of Einstein, since it’s beyond simple. You collect any number of designated common trash (yogurt containers, cookie/sportbar wrappers, drink pouches, corks, plastic bottles, etc.), they send you collection containers and free shipping materials and you send it back at your convenience. THEN, they pay you 2 cents for every piece of trash you collect and give it to a non-profit organization of your choice. They will upcycle or recyle your waste.

Sign up HERE.

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One Response to “TerraCycle Makes it Simple to UPCYCLE, RECYCLE”

  1. Dillon Says:

    Well said, finally a good report on this stuff

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