The last time I checked in with the upcycling wizards over at TerraCycle, the peerless Trenton, N.J.-based company had just teamed up with TreeHugger and Carbonfund.org to launch a Farm Ville-y Facebook game called Trash Tycoon. Now, just in time for spring gardening seasoning, TerraCycle is heading outdoors and returning to its greenthumbed roots — in case you’re unfamiliar with TerraCycle, the concept that started it all back in 2004 was liquefied worm poop plant food packaged in recycled plastic soda bottles — with two new garden-centric products, the TerraStone Plant Caddy and the Eco-Terra Watering Can.
The first new gardening products from TerraCycle in three years, the Plant Caddy and Watering Can are both made in the U.S. from recycled packaging waste — in this case, juice pouches and plastic Bear Naked Granola bags, respectively — amassed through the company’s popular fundraising Brigade programs that pay at least $.02 for every item collected to the school or charity of the collector’s choice while keeping crap out of landfills. The two items aren't exactly product design show-stoppers — just useful, practical, and affordably priced (both are under $20) household items that just happen to be made from trash. Additionally, TerraCycle's famed nontoxic Plant Foods, in both liquid and granular forms, are being re-released with new labeling.
Says TerraCycle’s fearless leader, Tom Szaky of the new additions: “These recycled products are a new approach to gardening, where the tools gardeners implement in their hobby are recycled every bit as much as the plants they help to regenerate each season. They make it is easy to minimize your environmental footprint while using items that are functional and great conversation-starters.”
Nifty. Both the Plant Caddy and the Watering Can are available for online purchase through TerraCycle partnered retailer DwellSmart; additionally, the wheeled Plant Caddy can be found at Target (!) along with select True Value and Ace hardware stores and independent gardening supply stores. The Watering Can will be also be available at Wegmans stores.
And in case you were wondering, to date schools and nonprofits participating in the Capri Sun and HonestKids-partnered Drink Pouch Brigade have raised a staggering $2,673,280.36 while participants in the newer Bear Naked Granola Brigade have raised $1,171.36.
Have you every participated in a TerraCycle Brigade before? If so, which one?