Social enterprise tackles trash and reaps the rewards

SDG #12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production. Recycling is one obvious way to reconcile the waste people generate as they produce and consume goods, but the process of creating new treasures with trash is complicated. Liz and Steve ask Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of social enterprise TerraCycle, how his firm is able to work with retailers and cities to turn packaging and products into new goods.

In this episode, you’ll hear about: 

  • How TerraCycle allows companies to conveniently participate in reuse without instituting big changes.
  • Why consumers are willing to take an additional step to benefit the planet.
  • Whether it’s possible to lead a no-waste existence.
  • Why consuming less is really the best way to support sustainability.

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United Nations SDG #12

Guest Bios:

Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of social enterprise TerraCycle, which aims to eliminate the idea of waste by turning used goods and packaging into new products. It operates in 21 countries to collect typically nonrecyclable items through national, first-of-their-kind recycling platforms. Leading companies work with TerraCycle to figure out how to make hard-to-recycle materials, such as ocean plastic, into new products. Its Loop platform aims to change the way the world shops with favorite brands in refillable packaging offered with convenience and style.