June 23rd, 2010
Welcome to my new obsession. TerraCycle.
My dear boyfriend Tom found this site because the creator wants to be ‘the Google of trash.’ I champion his dream.
What the heck is this? How does it work? First, it’s awesome. How it works is amazing. TerraCycle is dedicated to taking your trash and making it into something useful. They make affordable, eco-friendly products from a wide range of non-recyclable materials. Trash = treasure. Brilliant. Tom Szaky, come hang out with me.
Here’s how it works. You sign up for a team and join Brigades. There are Brigades for specific types of trash that you start collecting, everything from Capri Sun pouches to toothpaste tubes to wine corks. Once you have a nice supply in place, you can print out some free postage and mail it to TerraCycle. Make sure to look at the fine print with each Brigade – the products they are looking for is specific, from product type and materials. But trust me, you are throwing away precious trash cash at an alarming rate.
HERE’S THE BEST PART! Your trash equals cash. Each item in a Brigade has a certain value, and when you mail the trash in, money is donated to a charity of your choice! How amazing is that? Instantly I signed Sideshow up to participate. I signed up for nine different Brigades, and I already have about $5 worth of TerraCycle worthy trash at my house waiting to get mailed. I must say, I’m very impressed with myself, and so thankful to TerraCycle. I called them up just to thank the receptionist for existing. I think I scared her.
Want in on my Sideshow team? AWESOME! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll give you the details on how you can join my team. Interested in helping another charity? GO FOR IT! There is plenty of trash cash to go around. I encourage every non profit storefront theatre in Chicago to get on board, because I think a little trash can go a long way. Collect the corks from your wino friends, start eating lots of candy and cookies and saving the wrappers, and use up your writing instruments. It’s all worth something to TerraCycle! (Man, why aren’t they paying me?)
Finding sites and causes like this really make me feel like we’re going to change the world. What do you think of TerraCycle? Worth the effort?