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TerraCycle 2016 Recap: Looking Back on Our 15th Year

Tom Szaky | Posted 12.31.2016 | Green
Tom Szaky

This year was one of historic significance. The global community had a front-row seat to developments on the world-stage of international politics, th...

Adding Value through Branded Recycling Solutions

Tom Szaky | Posted 10.25.2016 | Green
Tom Szaky

In a highly competitive marketplace, one of the most significant challenges that companies and major brands face today is distinguishing themselves as...

The 'Capsul-ization' of the World

Tom Szaky | Posted 09.30.2016 | Green
Tom Szaky

The global market for coffee pods and capsules expanded 16 percent in 2015, the significance of which is dwarfed by the 30 percent sector increase for...

For Large Corporations, the Potential for Positive Environmental Impact Is Huge

Tom Szaky | Posted 09.12.2016 | Green
Tom Szaky

Recycling and sustainability are becoming increasingly visable as key factors for action at the consumer-level. The need for environmentally-sound pra...

The Israeli public says NO to fracking

Tom Szaky | Posted 08.25.2016 | Green
Tom Szaky

In September 2014 an Israeli government planning committee delivered a remarkable decision: it rejected a pilot project for non-conventional oil explo...

The Economics of Organic

Tom Szaky | Posted 07.14.2016 | Green
Tom Szaky

Consumer demand for organic food products led to $37 billion in sales last year, a significant 12% increase from 2014; halfway into 2016, the market's...

The Trend of Recycling Cosmetics Packaging

Tom Szaky | Posted 07.13.2016 | Green
Tom Szaky

Cosmetics are part of a multi-billion dollar global industry expected to reach $675 billion by 2020. As with most industries today, one of its fastest...

Recycling Industrial Waste Materials

Tom Szaky | Posted 06.15.2016 | Green
Tom Szaky

Waste outputs for industrial materials like solvents, paints, oils and adhesives are difficult to deal with. Either laden with or exposed to chemicals...

The Traditional (and Flawed) Concept of the Circular Economy

Tom Szaky | Posted 05.26.2016 | Green
Tom Szaky

The most common 'solutions' for waste today are linear in nature, treating waste materials as useless outputs to burn in an incinerator or be buried i...

Looking Back at Earth Month 2016

Tom Szaky | Posted 05.18.2017 | Green
Tom Szaky

What began as a watershed victory for environmental activism has grown into a month-long observation of global proportions: April 22nd's Earth Day has expanded into the April-long Earth Month.

The Economics of Waste

Tom Szaky | Posted 04.06.2017 | Green
Tom Szaky

Manufacturers could seek ways to collect and reprocess common waste streams and integrate them into existing supply chains, even offering consumers free return programs for their product waste.

The Future of Recycling and Premium Recycling Opportunities

Tom Szaky | Posted 02.10.2017 | Green
Tom Szaky

Are consumers and businesses going to pay to recycle the waste they've been throwing away for years?

Bioplastics and the Truth About Biodegradable Plastic

Tom Szaky | Posted 01.11.2017 | Green
Tom Szaky

As marketable as biodegradable and compostable plastics like PLA are, there's often more to these claims than meets the eye. For example, in most cases biodegradable bioplastics will only break down in a high-temperature industrial composting facility, not your average household compost bin.

Entrepreneurs: Stick To What You Know Best

Tom Szaky | Posted 11.17.2014 | Small Business
Tom Szaky

The problem with the "own-it-all" logic is that it forces your company to develop in slow, incremental, uncertain stages. Unless something like an inheritance graced you with a bottomless pit of resources and capital that you can sit on, this simply isn't practical.

Time to Consign Landfill to the Dustbin of History

Tom Skazy | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Tom Skazy

Landfills, principally used in the Americas, are the worst solution as the materials take years, potentially centuries, to decompose, leaching toxins into the ground and methane into the air.

The Company That Recycles The 'Non-Recyclable' - Including Itself

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 07.31.2013 | Small Business

There's no such thing as garbage at this company, which aims to revolutionize the recycling industry. New Jersey-based TerraCycle's mission is to ...

Businesses with Impact : The conference (and network)not to miss twice a year.

Jesse Seaver | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Jesse Seaver

The attendees at the Social Venture Network (SVN) conference ranged from first-time entrepreneurs to CEOs of major corporations to some of the industry's leading investment advisors and marketing firms.

Obama and Social Change

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 01.26.2013 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

Are timeless principles guiding the change, or are we going into the forests of the future without a compass? Each of us can only answer for ourselves, but much will depend on this.

The Social Entrepreneur's Dilemma

Patrick FitzGerald | Posted 02.26.2012 | Small Business
Patrick FitzGerald

In order to make a potentially game-changing idea a long-standing reality, it's highly recommended that social entrepreneurs look at their business model and ask a very simple question: Could my company be a profitable one?

You've Got... Tom Szaky, TerraCycle

The | Posted 08.17.2011 | Small Business

Tom Szaky, a member of the AOL Small Business Board of Directors, dropped out of Princeton to start TerraCycle, an eco-friendly company that literally...

We Don't Need No Education: Meet The Millionaire Dropouts

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Lauren Drell | Posted 08.11.2011 | Small Business

As a biology major at the University of Texas, Michael Dell began upgrading computers in a dorm, in a bid to make some money. In 1984, he registered h...

Easy on the Eye, Easy on the Planet!

Anna Griffin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Anna Griffin

One of the more brilliant aspects of my job as Editor in Chief of Coco Eco is meeting amazing and inspiring people who are out there actively engaged ...

PHOTOS: The Most Clever And Outrageous Recycling Schemes

Huffington Post | Alden Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

There are so many reasons to recycle: it keeps waste out of the landfill, it lessens the need for virgin plastic, metal, and paper materials, it costs...

Eco Etiquette: 16 Great Gifts for the Green Host or Hostess

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at Questions may be edited for length and clarity. My husband and I just got...

Plastic Activists: Actually, Some Companies

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Newman

The furniture store that is synonymous with cheap, trendy furniture moved up green ladder when the company outright banned plastic bags for customers.