Green / Sustainable Business
TerraCycle is an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle waste. Our mission is to eliminate the idea of waste. We want everyone to understand that there is no waste--there is value in materials that are thrown away every day.
A visible and large part of TerraCycle's business is our free recycling programs. They are sponsored by our brand partners and allow schools, families, offices, individuals, anyone, to send us certain materials that can't be recycled locally. For each piece of waste sent to TerraCycle, collectors can receive money to be donated to a school or charity of their choice. To date, along with our sponsor partners, we have donated almost $16 million globally.
TerraCycle's headquarters is located in an inner city and we allow our building to be a canvas for local graffiti artists. We also allow the building to be the location for an annual summer "graffiti jam," a day-long festival of art and music organized by one of the premier artists in the region.
When it comes to furnishing our global offices, we take "reuse" to heart. Desks are made from old doors. Room dividers are made from empty two-liter bottles, desk dividers are old vinyl records and artwork pieces are made from corks, toothpaste tubes and old tires--not all in the same piece! In addition to office design and TerraCycle's business model itself being eco-friendly, we have solar panels on our headquarters building, we compost, and of course, recycle.
TerraCycle is a member of several trade organizations including the Product Stewardship Institute, Packaging Consortium and SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. In addition, our CEO is active in several leadership organizations such as the World Economic Forum and Sustainable Brands.