Think of all the waste in the world and think of all the waste you, your family and friends generate everyday.  Now think, what happens to all that waste. Yes, some of that waste gets recycled in a few developed countries like the US. But a large part of it is either thrown into the oceans or becomes part of landfills, both of which are extremely hazardous to nature. Yes, we all know about recycling and how it can save the environment. What if some private firm creates a mechanism to collect all the waste in a systematic manner and then convert it to something useful! Well, you would be glad to know that there is someone who is already doing this.

TerraCycle is a US based social enterprise which converts waste into a useful product. Founded in 2001 by two freshman at Princeton university, TerraCycle is now a million dollar firm and a leader is this sector. I heard a talk by one of its founders, Tom Szaky recently and was deeply inspired. TerraCycle started as an organic fertilizer company and has grown into a multi-category, eco-friendly powerhouse. It has won many awards and accolades for its environmentally responsible business model from Inc. Magazine, Red Herring, The Home Depot, The Environmental Business Journal, The Social Venture Network, Zerofootprint and many other highly regarded organizations.

With over 50 products available at major retailers like Walmart, Target, The Home Depot, OfficeMax, Petco and Whole Foods Market, TerraCycle is one of the fastest growing eco-friendly manufacturers in the world. TerraCycle also runs free national collection programs that pay non-profits and schools TerraCycle has exclusive partnerships with major CPG companies such as Kraft Foods, Frito Lay (Pepsi), Stonyfield Farm, Mars Wrigley and many more. The partnerships create free collection programs that pay schools and non-profits nationwide to collect used packaging such as drink pouches, energy bar wrappers, yogurt cups, cookie wrappers, chip bags and more!

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