Sunday, March 29, 2009

Doing Well For Ourselves, Doing Well for the Earth

I just learned of this company, TerraCycle.  Apparently, in business since 2001, when Tom Szaky and Jon Beyer decided to create a product out of waste. They began with cafeteria waste whiel they attended class at Princeton, and used it to fuel their worm bin back at the dorm.  They have since progressed into several products made from recycled waste (many but not all from worm poop!).  It's actually a great website.  They give us all the opportunity to help out by sending in yogurt cups, juice bags and other food containers, after which they will send back from .02 to .25 each. 
Products include deer repellent, organic garden compost, bird feeders, rain barrels and even clothing.  There's a few pictures on their website of a dress made from juice bags - Sticky!  I love it when folks find creative ways to make something new out of something used.

And for those of you who enjoy your cup of java, check out Good Earth.  They have been sponsoring a pledge drive for those of us willing to drink more coffee at home, versus driving out to get our daily cup in a 'disposable' but not decomposable landfill-filling receptacle.  Go to their website and take the Good Earth Coffee Brew at Home Pledge, and they will donate $1 to the Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit, conservation organization, conserving land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic properties, etc.

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