TerraCycle: It’s a word that sounds like “recycle”, and that’s basically what it means, but it’s a little different than your average paper/plastic/glass recycling jazz. TerraCycle is taking stuff that you wouldn’t think could be recycled, and turning it into something else useful, like a binder, or a backpack, or a fencepost. And many times you can’t even tell! There are lots of different programs, or “brigades” within Terracycle. Some of the products that Fontbonne collects (because you gotta know we’re all about TerraCycle) are tape rolls, candy wrappers, chip bags, cereal bags, beauty product containers, drink pouches, and ink jet cartridges. We collect all these items, send them in to their brigade HQs when we get enough (using boxes I find in the stairwells at Fontbonne, natch), and are rewarded “points”, which can be turned into cash for our school.
We’ve been doing really well so far! As a matter of fact, we sent in some shipments at the end of the school year, and I recently was informed that Fontbonne University was one of the top ten collecting colleges/universities in the Personal Care and Beauty Brigade. So we just got 10,000 bonus points! That translates to about $100 added to our account. Go Fontbonne!
Also, we just sent in our first shipment to the Scotch Tape brigade, and got a prize pack. Here’s a picture:
(CD case from toilet paper packages, pencil pouch from drink pouches, lotsa tape rolls, and wall stickers!)
So basically, TerraCycle is a great program that not only rewards the environment, but Fontbonne as well! Keep up the collecting!