{Eco Inspirations} Terracycle

Have you ever wondered if there was a way to recycle or re-purpose those nasty juice pouches your kids love or those chip bags that you see in many lunch boxes? Well, there is a company by the name of Terracycle that sells things made from re-purposed trash.

Founded in 2001 by Tom Szaky, then a 20-year-old Princeton University freshman, TerraCycle began by producing organic fertilizer, packaging liquid worm poop in used soda bottles. Since then TerraCycle has grown into one of the fastest-growing green companies in the world. One of the items they make are tote bags from juice pouches. These bags are similar to bzb designs clutch bags in the way they are also made from plastic bags.

This literally takes trash that can’t really be recycled like those juice pouches out of the landfill. Terracycle also has a program where you can raise funds through a school or organization by collecting chip bags and other items and sending it to Terracycle. Wouldn’t it be a fun project to do with your class to teach repurposing and recycling while making a little money for the class?

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  1. I heart this idea!!

  2. It is great to see that crafters are using these materials to make something useful out of them. Keeps them from going to the landfill (at least this time around), and who can argue with that? (-: I am a teacher, and have often been approached about doing a “fundraiser” like this. My environmental leadership club decided that it would encourage the consumption of these beverages, rewarding students with the promise of funds for our school if they buy these juice pouches. It feels fishy to me in a lot of different ways. We decided to do a fundraiser of our own, where each student drinking a beverage from a refillable bottle would get to punch a hole on a card and then turn those cards in to me, and when they had enough to make a dollar worth of juice pouches (50), a dollar would go in the pot. An “anonymous benefactor” *wink* pays the buck.

    • I definitely see your point, but when I tutored at this place where kids not only ate all this junk, but threw the wrappers on the ground, I thought this would be a good idea for them. There are particular communities, I think, that we have to slowly introduce ideas like recycling and repurposing and then transition them into bigger ideas like not eating this junk. Thanks for your post. Juanita