Hey everybody, Chef Aaron here with my fresh pick for this month. Christmas is 9 days away, and if you're still looking for gifts to get your family and friends, or maybe for a coworker for Secret Santa, check out TerraCycle. Before I get into who they are and what they do, let me back up and tell you how I found them.
Late last month, I had a meeting with A'Driane, my social media assistant (she updates my website and helps me keep everything online updated), and when she first got there she sat down and put this bag next to her......
I asked her,"Are those Capri Sun pouches? Did you make that?" She started laughing and telling me how she found this company called TerraCycle that takes recycling to a whole new level. They do what they "upcycle" things like Capri Sun pouches, Frito-Lay potato chip bags, M&M wrappers, and a ton of other things you and I throw out every day and turns them into things like the bag A'Driane has.
I was sold, especially after I saw their website. They sell everything you can think of, but what I really think is cool is that not only do they have stuff you can give your kids to use like pencil cases, kites, colored pencils, etc, but their products aren't expensive at all. They even have what they call "Brigades"-which are basically recycling programs that pay you to send them your trash. Capri Sun pouches, yogurt lids, toothbrushes, candy wrappers, you name it, you, your buisness, or kid's school can collect these items and get paid for collecting it while helping reduce waste-pretty incredible.
So, if you haven't figured out what to get your Secret Santa, or are looking for something different to get the people on your list, visit their website, stop by their store in Princeton, or their "Green Up Shop" in NYC to pick out something neat!