Thursday, May 31, 2012

TerraCycle and The Flip Flop Brigade

While I realize the title of this post sounds like a children's book, I'm actually writing to share with all of you my newest project!

I have recently joined TerraCycle, which is an organization based on the premise of eliminating the idea of waste.  They have done this by creating recycling programs for items that were previously hard or impossible to recycle.  Anyone can sign up to join their "brigades" for free, and then start sending them waste.

It's brilliant.  And nearly 30 million people around the world are participating, keeping tons of waste out of landfills.

TerraCycle was started in 2001 by a 20-year-old Princeton University Freshman named Tom Szaky, and his company has become one of the fastest-growing green companies in the world.  They take the waste units that are sent to them and have turned them into 1500 different green products which are sold to retailers such as Whole Foods.  Anything that they can repurpose and keep out of a landfill, they will take!

So where do I come in?

I've joined one of the brigades.  The Flip Flop Brigade, to be exact.

So, I am collecting flip flops.  And I need help.  I only have five pairs that I can send in--and I need twenty more before I can send them a box.  I will take any flip flops, from any retailer.  Once I get these sent in, I will receive some coupons to use at Old Navy--and I will pass these on to donors.  So please, check your closets, and let me know!  I will come to you.  If you live far away and would like to send them to me, please email me at and I will be in contact:)

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