Around that time I found Terracycle. My son attends a school for children with learning differences. Like any school we are always trying to raise money to cover costs, so I signed us up for this upcycling program.
So basically, this pile of thousands of potato chip bags,
and these stacks of a gazillion energy bar wrappers and Capri Sun pouches
will become stuff like this,
And when the backpack wears out it can be sent to Terracycle to be turned into something else.
There are many items that can be collected, but we choose to focus on those not accepted by local recycling banks:
Salty snack bags (ie. potato chips, pretzels, etc.)
Children's drink pouches (Capri Sun, Honest Kids, etc.)
Energy bar wrappers and cereal bar wrappers
Cheese packaging (any, including singles)
Pens, markers, and Sharpies
Candy bar wrappers
Diaper packaging and baby wipes packaging (soft)
Special thanks to Unity of East Louisville, St. Matthews Area Community Ministries, and my family in Kentucky and Georgia for collecting items for us. If your Louisville, Kentucky based family or organization would like to save items for the school please contact me at moonbeams_and_ecodreams at yahoo dot com.
We have been collecting for a while now. By Christmas the school should receive a check for around three hundred dollars.
As I was packing boxes of Terracycle for shipment one day it hit me - this is like in my dream. A feedback loop without waste, where one thing feeds into another. Hmmh. How about that?
Terracycle In The News:
Terracycle Wins Green Innovator Award - Philly.com
Terracycle on Good Morning America and Oprah
This post is linked with Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways.
Tags: Eco Friendly Louisville, Green Living, Terracycle, Upcycling