Featured Do-Gooder: TerraCycle

From time to time SmartFamilyTips will feature an organization that is a “Do-Gooder”: a group that works to help both people and the environment. The Do-Gooders may be companies, nonprofits, or any organized group that focuses its efforts on making the world a better place.

TerraCycle was born in 2001 by two Princeton University students, Tom Szaky and Jon Beyer. According to the company’s website, Szaky and Beyer wanted to create a company that “could be financially successful while being ecologically and socially responsible.” It all started with worm poop, a key ingredient in creating their first product: TerraCycle Plant Food™. Since its launch, they’ve created many more in several categories. A few of their lawn and garden products include:

One of their newer products is an 8″ planting pot made entirely from recycled e-waste. The pots come in an array of colors thanks to the work of inner city artists.

TerraCycle also makes Eco (and human) friendly cleaning products as well as office supplies and bags made from recycled bottles and wrappers.

One of the best things about TerraCycle is that they package all of their bottled products in used milk jugs and soda bottles.

Aside from their products, TerraCycle provides a great opportunity for individuals and companies to recycle items that are often not recyclable in their local area. They accept these items through their “Brigade” programs which are now accepting:

  • Cookie wrappers
  • Bear Naked bags
  • Toasted Chip wrappers
  • Drink pouches
  • Energy Bar wrappers
  • Corks

In some instances, TerraCycle will even donate money to a charity of your choice when you send them recyclables. Check out their site and let me know what you think. I’ve already signed up for the Cookie Wrapper Brigade and the Cork Brigade. TerraCycle couldn’t have made it easier.