By now everyone has probably heard of TerraCycle, the NJ based company that was established in 2001 by two Princeton University Students who were inspired by a box of worms. They convert waste into home & garden products. Their goal was to be successful, ecologically & socially responsible. Their success story has been covered by every major news channel since last spring such as CNN and written up in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and a ton of other major sources. This news video tells the impressive story.
The latest news for Tom Szaky,CEO is the release of his book, Revolution in a Bottle (Amazon $10.20), a keynote at the Greener by Design conference in San Francisco May 09 as well as guest blogger on Treehugger. All of which are quite noteworthy accomplishments for anyone, let alone Szaky at the young age of 26.
TerraCycle's business seems to thrive on getting others involved. Even companies like Mars have teamed up with TerraCycle to help prevent their candy wrappers and Flavia's single serve drink packets from ending up in landfills and into their recycling program. They mention that you can sign up free and collect wrappers, packages and even cell phones and then TerraCycle will pay for you to send them in using their free shipping bags. You too can join the brigades.