Garbage Moguls: TerraCycle Turns Trash Into Treasure

Follow this small company's creative team as they rummage through the landfill looking for their next great product idea.

| April 2009 Web

  • TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky flies a kite made entirely from Oreo wrappers.
    Photo Courtesy National Geographic/Garbage Moguls

Premiering tonight on National Geographic at 9 pm EST, the Earth Day special "Garbage Moguls" follows the Trenton, New Jersey-based company TerraCycle as it attempts to turn trash into treasure. TerraCycle, led by 27-year-old CEO Tom Szaky, salvages waste from landfills to make useful products such as pencils, reusable bags, clocks, coasters and other household and office items.

Tune in tonight to follow the TerraCycle team’s creative process, which includes field trips to the landfill and automobile junkyard. The team faces the challenge of constructing a kite made entirely from Oreo wrappers to present to Wal-Mart executives and designing a messenger bag made from old billboards and seat belts to present to Office Max executives.

“Garbage is a man-made idea, and we’ve created garbage because we haven’t created solutions for it,” Szaky says. “We take waste, we add design and produce mass merchandise.” 

TerraCycle employs more than 50 people in Trenton, New Jersey. Find TerraCycle products at Wal-Mart, OfficeMax, The Home Depot and Target. Register to win a TerraCycle recycled vinyl record clock. 

More about recycled products

• TerraCycle transforms chip bags into consumer products. Find out how you can get involved.

Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds