ScrapCycling mecca @Terracycle HQ

Being a fan of both great business models and of great design, I feel all fuzzy and warm inside when thinking about Terracycle, also known as the company started by ”that worm poop guy”. The real name of ”that worm poop guy” is Tom Szaky. Szaky and buddy Jon Beyer started the Terracycle venture back in 2001, when both were freshmen at Princeton. Today, ten years on, the Terracycle HQ of Trenton, New Jersey boasts the creative energy of a small company thinking big.

These are some pics I found, they´re a couple of years old, but convey the whack hackyness of this venture. Check out the mantra spelled out onto the sofa, saying ”Trash does not exist”- totallly in tune with my own ScrapHacker conviction…

Terracycle´s big idea is a collaborative brigade model – an incentive driven model for recycling materials that are otherwise hard to recycle. The idea has received wide acclaim and the company seems hotter than ever with its specialization of making consumer products from pre- and post-consumer materials. Their philosophy and strategy is an inspiration, and so are their Trenton (NJ) offices, with an abundance of ScrapHacks. Terracycle is a driving force in the Scrap Cycling movement…

”Trash does not exist”

For me, the inspirational Scrap Hack Takeaways include LP-disc room and desk dividers, plastic bottle walls & room dividers, Pallet desks, a gallery of upcycled products arranged in ”boxes”/old odd drawers and more. Study the pics hard and you will get your inspirational rewards! Read more and join the Terracycle movement @

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  1. […] Obradovic. Her designs often include writing on upholstered furniture (this idea was also spotted @ upcycling company Terracycle´s HQ interior). My Obradovic favorite is the antique, worn leather chair that has gotten some new energy from […]

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