Garbage Moguls

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DVR alert for anyone who gets the National Geographic Channel! A new show called “Garbage Moguls” will launch next month (timed with Earth Day). The premise: follow around Tom Szaky, the 27-year-old CEO of TerraCycle who started his empire selling worm poop as organic plant food from his Princeton dorm room before dropping out to move on to larger ventures—like partnering with major companies to upcycle their trash into products he sells (and sometimes even getting paid by the companies to take their trash in the first place).

Tom Szaky

Tom Szaky

Check out this sneak peek of the show.

Prediction: That dude in the striped sweater has runaway reality star smeared all over him,  Steve-O meets Matthew Lillard‘s character from Hackers meets Leila’s lunatic vegan ex.

I’ve been endeared to the TerraCycle story since reading on the ill-fated BlueEgg.com that he got the worm poop idea from observing stoner friends in college. And a while back I posted a link to a video showing the life of an upcycled CapriSun pouch. Today, I started reading an advance copy of Revolution in a Bottle, Szaky’s autobiographical tale of TerraCycle and his vision of green capitalism. Since green and profit aren’t concepts that often go together, I’m hoping it will be an engaging and controversial read. Stay tuned for a critique and perhaps even a Q&A with the author.

6 Responses to “Garbage Moguls”

  1. Eco-capitalism « everydaytrash Says:

    […] mass merchandise,”says TerraCycle founder and CEO Tom Szaky in the opening of his new show, Garbage Moguls. “I don’t see garbage, I see […]

  2. Marcella Siirila Says:

    Loved the show.. where do you want me to send my garbage?? Is there anything we could collect for you ??? What great ideas you guys have…

  3. Leila Darabi Says:

    Thanks for commenting, Marcella. I forwarded your message to the TerraCycle people.

    Leila

  4. Ashley D. Says:

    i loved the show. I am an 18 year old girl that lives in idaho, and you all really inspired me. im really concerned with the environmental and i want to help. please contact me if there is anything i can do or start. I would love to get my high school involved before i graduate this june, because i am in an environmental club, and we love new projects! please contact me! thanks!

  5. Leila Darabi Says:

    Thanks, Ashley. I will pass this on to the TerraCycle people. I’m sure readers have ideas for you as well. Does your environmental club look at the amount of waste your school and community creates and look for ways to reduce that?

    Some schools compost:
    https://everydaytrash.com/2007/06/05/trashtastic-tuesday-with-the-composting-crew/

    And some take the trays out of cafeterias to encourage people not to load on food they end up not eating and pitching:
    https://everydaytrash.com/2008/06/11/trashtastic-tuesday-with-andy-sarjahani/

    And some collect cookie wrappers and send them to TerraCycle:
    https://everydaytrash.com/2009/04/11/eco-capitalism/

    Keep us posted on what you do!

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