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Bioplastics and the Truth About Biodegradable Plastic

Tom Szaky | Posted 01.11.2016 | 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.

Eco Etiquette: Can I Recycle Wine Corks?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

I love to entertain. I dutifully recycle all our empty wine and champagne bottles but feel a little guilty about tossing out the corks. After all the ...

Snack Wrappers Get Upcycled Into Bags | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

With Frito-Lay, TerraCycle will start a new recycling brigade set to collect used chip bags. These bags will become a host of products, from notebooks...

Greening Hollywood: TerraCycle's Big Green Business

Paige Donner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paige Donner

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. We've all heard that axiom before. Tom Szaky, Founder and CEO of TerraCycle, offers up his own twist: He sees no trash.