Trash Helps The Bottom Line

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes
Business turning trash into usable products.

Politics of Waste

Talk about a trashy business. Terracycle sells eco-friendly products like fertilizers, cleaners, school and office supplies, and more. But, there's one amazing catch. Every part of a Terracycle product is made from trash.

It all started in 2001, when Tom Szaky created all-natural, eco-friendly plant food that was made entirely from garbage. The secret ingredient? Earthworms.

Earthworms can eat their body weight in garbage every day, converting discarded organic waste into all-natural fertilizer. Plus - all of the Terracycle plant food is bottled in reused containers.

Their revolutionary idea turns conventional recycling, into upcycling. And many companies looking to make a difference are getting involved. CLIF bar and Frito Lay have partnered with Terracycle to turn their used wrappers and snack packaging into new items, like tote bags. You can purchase Terracycle products in Home Depot Target and WalMart.

Turning trash into a successful business isn't just good for the environment, it's great for the bottom line. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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