Wednesday, May 5, 2010
New Terracycle Brigade- Ziploc
As a mom, I use a lot of ziploc bags. I know those aren't always the greenest choice, but I am getting better about using more reusable containers. I have packed countless lunches stuffing peanut butter and jelly into a ziploc bag. Or been on those outings where a baggie of Cheerios was a must have.
I do feel guilty about that waste. The school that my children attend collect juice pouches, chip bags, and yogurt containers to send to Terracycle. Well, now we can add ziploc bags to that list!
Terracycle and Ziploc have announced that Ziploc will sponsor the newest brigade, which will provide fundraising opportunities exclusively for K-12 schools. Schools can collect bags and containers of any size or brand, in any condition, and send them free of charge to Terracycle to be turned into new plastic-based products. For each bag or container collected, Ziploc and Terracycle will pay two cents to the school actually doing the collecting. Can you imagine how many bags a school could collect in the course of a year?? When you sign up it, there is a slight delay because Terracycle manually approves each request to make sure it is a school collecting.
Both of my children are very interested in collecting for their school brigades. The brigades are a great way for parents and teachers to empower children to make a difference locally and globally while at the same time learning about the importance of recycling and reusing.
TerraCycle’s Brigades divert packaging waste from landfills and help raise consumer awareness about reducing, reusing and recycling. They are also a great way to earn money for charities, schools, and non-profits through the collection of hard-to-recycle items such as drink pouches, chip bags, yogurt cups, glue bottles/sticks, tape dispensers and pens. By encouraging people to rethink ‘what is waste,’ TerraCycle is making it simple for consumers to have a positive impact on the environment. Participation is free and all shipping costs are paid. I would encourage you to consider how you could start a Terracycle brigade in your own child's school or daycare. For more information, check out Terracycle.net.
Posted by LeAnn at 8:10 PM