Having access to resources that can make recycling and reusing easier is one thing we eco-enthusiasts really appreciate. To get recycling and reusing right, it helps to know what to do, what to buy, and where to shop for recyclable and reusable products. A company has managed to pull this off without skipping a beat.
Established in 2001, Terracycle is a cool recycling company whose mission, according to their website has been tackling “hard-to-recycle waste streams through proprietary methods and partnerships”.
The company aims to make sustainability more actionable by providing consumers, like yourself, with the opportunity to collect brand-specific items that can be boxed, labeled, and shipped to their facilities for free after you are through with them, to ensure circularity. This can all be done using their easy-to-navigate website where people can register for their own Terracycle account.
You can also opt to buy their signature Zero Waste Boxes fit for homes, workplaces, schools and other places. The next step includes putting items in the boxes to be recycled that otherwise wouldn’t have been picked up by curbside recycling.
In addition to their effective recycling efforts, Terracycle founded and manages Loop, a global platform for reuse. Loop collaborates with brands and manufacturers to enable refillable versions of their conventional single-use products, and partners with leading retailers to embed these offerings into their online eCommerce and physical retail stores. Loop is “an international ecosystem for the reuse movement that maintains the convenience and affordability that we’ve come to enjoy with a throw-away lifestyle.”
Essentially, Loop is a circular delivery service that allows consumers to buy items online and in-stores from participating companies in containers that can be returned, cleaned, and filled again.
Aside from buying and recycling products or taking advantage of the Zero Waste Boxes, the company focuses on total elimination of waste. And while there’s still more to do, consumers can take advantage of a pretty advanced system that takes the guesswork out of sustainability.
If you’re interested in becoming more sustainable check out how Terracycle can help!