Tom Szaky

CEO
TerraCycle

Tom Szaky is the founder and CEO of TerraCycle, the company recycling the non-recyclable; and Loop, the world’s first shopping system delivering products in reusable packaging.

Tom and TerraCycle have won more than 200 awards for entrepreneurship, sustainability and innovation, including one from the United Nations for work integrating beach and ocean plastic into new products.

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6 Ways to Shift Business for Real, Positive Impact
6 Ways to Shift Business for Real, Positive Impact

Leadership / To answer the call of this climate emergency, we need business to shift from being ‘less negative’ to being ‘for good,’ and to redefine ‘profit’ to include social and environmental benefit. - 3 months ago

Of Plastics and People: Suzanne Shelton Shines Light into the Consumer Mind
Of Plastics and People: Suzanne Shelton Shines Light into the Consumer Mind

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Through intensive research, Suzanne Shelton and her firm have gained insight into the ‘what next’ brands are looking for: less conversation, more action. Consumers are actively asking for more sustainable options — not alongside, but in place of traditional products and packaging. - 5 months ago

SB’19 Paris, Day 2: Virtuous Value Chains, Next-Gen CSR and Redesigning the #GoodLife
SB’19 Paris, Day 2: Virtuous Value Chains, Next-Gen CSR and Redesigning the #GoodLife

Collaboration / Our second day in Paris was chock-full of rich panel discussions with brands trading stories of the evolution of ideas and lessons learned — and still to be learned — on the long, windy road to creating a sustainable consumer economy. - 5 months ago

UPS Packaging Design and Testing Enables Launch of First-of-its-Kind Reusable Consumer Packaging Solution
UPS Packaging Design and Testing Enables Launch of First-of-its-Kind Reusable Consumer Packaging Solution

Press Release / Announced at the World Economic Forum today, Loop™ enables consumers to reduce single-use consumer goods packaging consumption - 8 months ago

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Brands Starting to ‘Go Postal’ Around Packaging Waste
Brands Starting to ‘Go Postal’ Around Packaging Waste

Waste Not / Consumers are increasingly told to recycle more, say ‘no’ to plastic straws, bring reusable bags and containers for shopping, and prevent food waste by buying local and composting scraps. With the new report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) saying that even if we were to make massive changes, we only have about twelve years to divert away from climate catastrophe, this narrative has only heightened. - 11 months ago

Cleaning Up Courses: How to Bring Distance Events Closer to the Sustainability Finish Line
Cleaning Up Courses: How to Bring Distance Events Closer to the Sustainability Finish Line

Waste Not / On foot, by bicycle, through water and combinations of the above, distance races such as marathons and ocean races are a global phenomenon. Running and cycling races have become a big business in recent years, due to the opportunity for sponsorship and the brand affinity that comes with it. - 1 year ago

Sustainable Funding for Private Green Businesses
Sustainable Funding for Private Green Businesses

Finance & Investment / Financing tends to be on the top of the list of hurdles for sustainable companies looking to scale. A business does not survive on a mission alone, and in order to generate profits and revenue, it needs capital to operate. But for sustainable enterprises setting out to meet the triple bottle line (“Planet, People, Profit”) while minimizing impacts, attracting and raising funding can be a particularly challenging task. - 1 year ago

How to Inspire Natural Resource Conservation at the Consumer Level
How to Inspire Natural Resource Conservation at the Consumer Level

Behavior Change / October is Campus Sustainability Month (CSM), an international celebration of sustainability in higher education. One focus of this year’s CSM is the conservation of water, a natural resource that humans need to survive. - 1 year ago

Ahead of the Curve: Designing in Sustainability from the Start
Ahead of the Curve: Designing in Sustainability from the Start

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / For companies and brands today, more sustainable production methods are topping lists of things to do. The uncertainty of material and vendor prices, the need to comply with a growing number of regulations and mounting evidence of environmental impacts increasingly drive change. More and more manufacturers are investing time, energy and money to fix infrastructures and further optimize supply and production chains. They have to, after increasingly finding themselves at risk for not putting forth the resources necessary to make their processes more sustainable. - 2 years ago

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It’s the Little Things: How to Add Brand Value, Sustainability to Retail Spaces
It’s the Little Things: How to Add Brand Value, Sustainability to Retail Spaces

Waste Not / Branding is one of the most important aspects of any business, and it is not a feature reserved only for products and services. B2B and retail companies, too, face the challenge of distinguishing themselves in the marketplace with a strong identity that stands out from direct and indirect competitors. The expanded retail landscape has altered the way consumers interact with brands, and E-commerce sites, dynamic mobile apps, and text message ordering systems afford infinite possibilities for communicating initiatives and marketing. - 2 years ago

Creating the World's First Recyclable Shampoo Bottle Made with Beach Plastic
Creating the World's First Recyclable Shampoo Bottle Made with Beach Plastic

Supply Chain / Today, Procter & Gamble announced that it has teamed up with us at TerraCycle and SUEZ, the largest waste management company in Europe, to source, develop and put out the first fully recyclable shampoo bottle made from up to 25 percent recycled beach plastic, for the world’s #1 shampoo brand, Head & Shoulders. - 2 years ago

P&G's Head & Shoulders Launches World's First Recyclable Shampoo Bottle Made with Beach Plastic
P&G's Head & Shoulders Launches World's First Recyclable Shampoo Bottle Made with Beach Plastic

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Today, at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, The Procter & Gamble Company announced that Head & Shoulders (H&S), the world’s #1 shampoo brand, will produce the world’s first recyclable shampoo bottle made from up to 25 percent recycled beach plastic. - 2 years ago

Safety from Volatility: How SUEZ Is Future-Proofing by Investing in Regenerative Waste Management
Safety from Volatility: How SUEZ Is Future-Proofing by Investing in Regenerative Waste Management

Waste Not / One of the largest waste management companies in North America is disinvesting in recycling. Waste Management CEO David Steiner recently went on to discuss the company’s current business spend, which went from 12 percent five years ago down to 8 percent now. - 2 years ago

These Students’ Environmental Science Projects Are Greening Their Communities
These Students’ Environmental Science Projects Are Greening Their Communities

Waste Not / Competitive school science fairs are a motif in the grade school education story. Often requiring a significant investment on the part of parents, the circumstances in which students must produce a contending project can create more stress than interest for the sciences and environmental studies. - 3 years ago

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Adding Value, Sustainability to the Supply Chain by Recycling the Unrecyclable
Adding Value, Sustainability to the Supply Chain by Recycling the Unrecyclable

Waste Not / One of the most significant challenges that manufacturers and major brands face today is maintaining high sustainability standards across their entire supply and production chain. It’s no new idea that consumer brands that have not embraced sustainability and CSR initiatives are at risk on many fronts, but integrating more environmentally sound and socially responsible processes requires sweeping infrastructure changes that many businesses may have difficulty implementing and sustaining. - 3 years ago

Changing the Culture of Excess [Packaging]
Changing the Culture of Excess [Packaging]

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Some time ago I was on a business trip, and an acquaintance presented me with a box of cookies as a welcome gift. It was beautifully presented, featuring a large and beautifully intricate bow. I thanked my companion and expressed that I would open it later. Later in my hotel room and hungry for a snack, I pulled at the bow to unravel a layer of ornamental wrapping swaddling a basket. The basket was cradling a box enveloped in paper, the box containing decorative packing confetti, which nested exactly three (3!) individually wrapped cookies encased in colored cellophane. The cookies were each a very small fraction of the overall size of the package — a handful of food product enveloped by layers upon layers of packaging with different material components. - 3 years ago

Social Media an Invaluable Tool for Helping Conscious Consumers Live Even More Consciously
Social Media an Invaluable Tool for Helping Conscious Consumers Live Even More Consciously

Behavior Change / With hundreds of millions of individuals logging into social media accounts every day, using the medium as a platform for social change and activism is just common sense. Today, about 61 percent of consumers use social platforms to learn about sustainability issues. In this open forum-style digital environment, consumers are able to have open conversations about corporate social responsibility and other salient subjects in sustainability. - 3 years ago

Will Consumers Pay to Recycle Their Waste?
Will Consumers Pay to Recycle Their Waste?

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Consumers are steadily becoming more conscious of environmental issues, and more eager to reduce waste at home and work — but are these enough to translate into action? Moreover, will consumers pay to live up to ‘green’ standards and aspirations in their lives? The success my company, TerraCycle, is seeing with our Zero Waste Box platform seems to indicate that many are willing. - 3 years ago

4 New Year’s Resolutions for Sustainability Marketers
4 New Year’s Resolutions for Sustainability Marketers

Marketing and Comms / A new year means four more quarters to pitch, market and advertise your sustainable product or brand to eager consumers across the globe. The world is shifting toward environmental consciousness whether you believe it or not, and reaching consumers in this product climate requires more than just a big marketing budget and hollow promises of greater social responsibility.These four pieces of advice are my recommendations to sustainable brand marketers moving into the new year. - 3 years ago

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7 Reasons Why Recycling Is Not a Waste: A Response to 'The Reign of Recycling'
7 Reasons Why Recycling Is Not a Waste: A Response to 'The Reign of Recycling'

Waste Not / Recycling in the United States is an economically unsustainable trend — or at least that’s what New York Times writer John Tierney recently argued in his opinion piece, “The Reign of Recycling," published in the October 4th Sunday Review. - 4 years ago

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