I think most people are at least aware of the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling as much as possible, even if they don’t do it. I think the problem for a lot of people is that sometimes they don’t know how to go about it. For example, we do not have recycle pick up at our new home, so we have to head into town to (like 3 minutes) to recycle our glass, plastics, and paper. I recently was introduced to a company that takes the phrase, “someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure” to a whole new level.
TerraCycle is a company whose purpose is to eliminate the idea of waste. By creating national recycling systems for previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste. Anyone can sign up for these programs, called the Brigades, and start sending TerraCycle waste. Follow them on facebook and twitter for their latest news!
TerraCycle then converts the collected waste into a wide variety of products and materials. With more than 20 million people collecting waste in over 20 countries TerraCycle has diverted billions of units of waste and used them to create over 1,500 different products available at major retailers ranging from Walmart to Whole Foods Market. Their goal is to eliminate the idea of waste by creating collection and solution systems for anything that today must be sent to a landfill.
Not only is the concept awesome, but the products they create are really cool too. Here are just a few of my favorites:
Bags made out of 35mm Film (small, medium, or large)
The Yak Pak Billboard Electronics case can be used to hold a camera, MP3 player and headphones, or other small gear that you want to protect with a padded case.
Cheetos Cube Eco Speakers
I was sent the Upcycled USPS Mail Sack Tote to review:
The Upcycled USPS Mail Sack Tote is handmade from repurposed mail sacks, this sturdy, canvas tote delivers edgy style to your daily stash of cards, keys, notes and electronics. I loved the look of this tote and couldn’t wait to see it in person.
And I was not disappointed. I love the one-of-a-kind look this tote has; because each tote is handmade, and using old USPS mail sacks, each tote is unique and has its own history. The material is extremely sturdy and incredibly roomy(obviously since it had to hold loads of mail!). This tote could double as a diaper bag, an overnight bag, or just a really cool daily tote!
I love the distressed look and details of the Upcycled USPS Mail Sack Tote. I think the look makes is fashionable, yet practical and functional.
And the front pouch is functional as well. It’s a perfect place for my wallet, keys, and other items that I may need to grab quickly.
TerraCycle’s Upcycled USPS Mail Sack Tote is so versatile I can use it at the store to carry groceries, out and about with the kids, or if I ever get a day out to myself! Whatever the situation, one thing is for sure, this tote will definitely draw attention and strike up some great conversations.
BUY IT: You can purchase the Upcycled USPS Mail Sack Tote, and other great items made out of upcycled mail sacks and upcycled tents at Uncommon Goods. You can purchase other amazing products from TerraCycle on their products page.
***And look for the Upcycled USPS Mail Sack Tote and other awesome gift ideas from TerraCycle in Mommy’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide (coming soon!).***
Mommy and 4 Peas in a Pod Disclosure: I received one Upcycled USPS Mail Sack Tote in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% mine and were not influenced in any way and may differ from yours. I did NOT receive any monetary compensation for this post.
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