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Bullock's Buzz: TerraCycle: Upcycled and Recycled Unique Gifts and More

Friday, November 16, 2012

TerraCycle: Upcycled and Recycled Unique Gifts and More

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   If you are looking for a great gift for your green-minded friends or family members, or even for someone who just loves unique and innovative items, look no further than TerraCycle!  This worldwide leader of recycling and upcycling previously non-recyclable or difficult to recycle waste has created an incredibly interesting collection of unique and affordable products.  Items such as school supplies, office supplies, home décor, toys, bags and products for the pets and garden are made from post-consumer waste items such as drink pouches, candy wrappers, pens, tape dispensers, diaper and make up packaging and so much more!

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   I had the opportunity to review some of these incredibly neat items!  TerraCycle generously sent me a Capri Sun Drink Pouch Medium Pencil Case, a Capri Sun Binder and a set of M&M Eco Speakers.   I wasn’t really sure of what to expect as far as quality and durability, but I was pleasantly surprised!

Capri Sun Drink Pouch Medium Pencil Case

  This is a cute pencil pouch that is made from six Capri Sun drink pouches.  It zips closed and can hold many items including pens, pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, a calculator and more!  It measures approximately 11” long by 5.25” tall.  Each pouch is sewn together using a thick thread, and the inside is lined with plastic making it extremely durable.   Other pencil cases are also available in a variety of different sizes, styles (such as with holes to clip into a 3 ring binder) and can be made from a mix of different drink pouches, candy wrappers, chip bags and more! 

jar, terra 012Front: the “I am made with…” sticker does come off

jar, terra 013Back: You can see the well-made stitching

jar, terra 015Inside is lined, very roomy, zips closed!

Drink Pouch Pocket Portfolio (Capri Sun)

   This incredibly cool folder is made entirely from Capri Sun pouches, about 27 pouches if you count!  They are stitched together using a thick, durable thread.  Inside are two pockets (one per side) which allow plenty of room for papers and notebooks.  This one uses Velcro to close, although some have a strap closure system.  It is very durable, and measures approximately 14.5” tall and 10.5” wide (closed).  The inside pockets are close to 5.5” deep, which is deep enough to securely hold papers and/or a notebook. Other brand pouches can also be used to make this product.

 

jar, terra 007Made from several Capri Sun Drink Pouches stitched together, very durable

jar, terra 008Inside has two pockets, each around 5.5” deep

jar, terra 010This one uses Velcro to close, others have a strap system

 

M&M Eco Speakers

   These small speakers have got to be one of the most creative uses for recycled products I have ever seen!  Made of 80% recycled product from Peanut M&M candy boxes, these light-weight, portable square-shaped speakers measure approximately 3” per side.  They have a 3.5mm universal plug which allows them to be used with computers, iPhones, iPods, MP3 players and more, and the wire length is enough to have the speakers a comfortable distance from the computer, etc.   The speakers arrive semi-assembled to where you have to fold them into their box shape, but it is extremely easy and takes maybe 5 minutes.  No tools are required.   The actual speakers are about 2 1/4” and have pretty good sound quality for their size!  I have used them for both my laptop and a portable CD player, as well as an MP3 player and love their look, sound and the fact that they are so small and lightweight I can move them around easily.

jar, terra 029Front view, actual speaker size is around 2 1/4” and has great sound!

jar, terra 030Top View

jar, terra 031Back view; wire is a decent length, speakers use a universal 3.5mm plug

My Verdict

    I am truly impressed with all three products!  My son has been using both the pencil pouch and the folder for school, and both are holding up very well.  The speakers work great and are so unique!  I love that all of these items are made from products that would have wound up in the landfill were it not for TerraCycle!

Purchase TerraCycle Products

   You can purchase all of these items and many more through the TerraCycle website and their official online partner DwellSmart.  Their products can also be found at a large selection of retailers such as Target and Wal-Mart, as well as many other online dealers!  Out of the hundreds of items offered, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list!

Get Involved! The TerraCycle Brigades.  A Gift That Gives Back!

   You can actively participate in the movement to recycle and up cycle previously non-or-difficult to recycle waste with TerraCycle by joining in the Brigades Program.  This nation-wide program to collect previously non-recyclable or difficult to recycle waste and convert it into other products has no cost to you.  They offer free shipping as well as a donation for each piece of waste you collect and send in.  Plus, once your waste is collected and sent in, you will receive TerraCycle Points which can be redeemed for a variety of charitable gifts, or for a payment of $0.01 per point to the non-profit organization or school of your choice!  What a wonderful way to not only help do your part, but also to give back even more!  All you have to do is sign up and then get started!  You can learn more about the TerraCycle program HERE.

  

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10 Comments:

At November 16, 2012 at 1:53 PM , Blogger Patricia Woolverton said...

Very cute products! I love the speakers!

 
At November 16, 2012 at 5:25 PM , Blogger Melinda Dunne said...

Oh my gosh I LOVE the speakers! That is really neat!

 
At November 16, 2012 at 5:46 PM , Blogger Kelly R said...

this is a great idea, thank you for the review, I love the items..

 
At November 16, 2012 at 5:52 PM , OpenID laniebugzlikes.com said...

my daughter got speakers for xmas last year from them so cute!!

 
At November 16, 2012 at 8:30 PM , Blogger http://livingatthewhiteheadszoo.blogspot.com/ said...

I want a capri sun beach bag. Think they are super cute.

 
At November 17, 2012 at 3:34 AM , Blogger Malia said...

wow! those are some great products! I love that they are recycling materials!

 
At November 17, 2012 at 9:40 PM , Blogger Angel said...

very unique!! i LOVE that what was one persons trash has a use now!

 
At November 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM , Blogger Bridget Williams said...

These are just way too cool, i am going to have to start checking all these things out

 
At November 19, 2012 at 6:43 AM , Blogger Jennifer Clay said...

I have actually got a few Terra Cycle products and I LOVE them. They are so unique!

 
At November 19, 2012 at 5:42 PM , Blogger BargainHoundDailyDeals said...

That is such a CUTE IDEA!! TY!!

 

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