A couple of weeks ago, I found these eco-friendly speakers that are made from upcycled snack bags. They’re small, stylish, universally compatible, don’t require batteries, and feature pretty good sound to boot. It’s no Bose speaker system, but for the price, looks, and portability they’re tough to beat. Although to be completely honest, the real selling point is that when you plug these speakers into your iPod, you’re listening to your tunes through material that once held your Doritos.
But, the really cool thing about these speakers is that it introduced me to TerraCycle, the company that manufactures the speakers (The company has gotten tons of press and is actually quite well known. I must have been living under a rock to have missed them!) They got their start at Princeton when the founder decided to market vermicomposting tea as a natural fertilizer. He created a system to collect organic waste from Princeton cafeterias, compost it with an industrial sized worm bin, and use the results to create worm casting based fertilizers. By 2006, these worm poop turned fertilizers were available throughout the US in Wal-Mart and Home Depot!
Looks like most of their current work/product is no longer related to vermicomposting but rather taking post consumer garbage collected through brigades and upcycling it into consumer goods (like the speakers!). Check out their range of products and certainly spend some time on their website to learn more about this cool company. Maybe even see if you can sign up your kids’ school cafeterias to participate in the brigades!?
There’s a lot to love about this company, but my two favorite aspects – they got their start vermicomposting and they have a killer logo (but not quite as good as ours!).