Tom Szaky is founder and Chief Executive Officer of TerraCycle, Inc. TerraCycle enables consumers to collect waste which it then upcycles into thousands of various consumer products that are sold at the worlds biggest retailers from Wal-Mart to Whole Foods. TerraCycle has been named the producer of most eco-friendly products in America, has won over 100 environmental and social awards, received the Home Depot Environmental stewardship award twice, been featured in Wal-Marts sustainability report and been repeatedly named the ultimate eco-friendly brand.
As a freshman, Tom left Princeton University to found TerraCycle, building a company that has doubled in size every year since inception becoming the 233rd fastest growing company in America. Tom has won over 50 awards for entrepreneurship, blogs for Treehugger and Inc Magazine, has recently published a book called Revolution in a Bottle and is the star of National Geographic Channels hit TV show, Garbage Moguls.
Today TerraCycle, through partnerships with virtually all major CPG companies from Unilever to Kraft, operates in over 5 countries, has over 10 million people engaged in its waste collection programs, has collected over 2 billion pieces of garbage and donated over $500,000 to charities to collect that waste. In addition, TerraCycle products are not only made from waste but are also available at over 20,000 big box stores globally sustaining sales of over 20 million dollars. TerraCycle has been featured in virtually every major media outlet from 60 Minutes to the Wall Street Journal (5 times) and is on its way to help eliminate in the idea of waste!