Worldly Wednesdays: TerraCycle

September 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world’s people generate 40% of the world’s waste.  But have no fear, we’re making waves with a buddening industry of Eco-Capitalists to help find new ways of recycling our trash into treasure.

While flipping channels the other day, I found a show on the National Geographic Channel (yes, they have a channel) featuring an “eco-capitalist” named Tom Szaky and his company TerraCycle.

The show features their journey to take trash and turn it into brand new items that can be purchased at major retailers like Target & The Home Depot.  Mr. Szaky explains more here:

I got a little hooked on the show’s marathon and I have to say after watching several episodes, I may not always agree with Mr. Szaky’s tactics with his employees but I admire his hardwork, determination and sheer passion for the movement of eco-capitalism and upcycling.

Here are a few TerraCycle products currently being offered at major retailers.  Some of them are less clever than others but I particularly like the ones below.  For more information about TerraCycle, check out their website: or watch their show, Garbage Moguls on the National Geographic Channel.

Live Creatively!


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