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Zero Waste Boxes Offer ‘Psychic Income

TRENTON, NJ -- As the country tries to turn the corner of the pandemic, workers are being asked to abandon their quarantine bubbles and return to the workplaces they left well over a year ago. However, many are returning to very different office environments as companies trash now unnecessary office equipment in response to either economic-related personnel cuts or employees’ widespread adoption of remote or hybrid schedules, as 44 percent of U.S. workers have, according to Statista. Just as TerraCycle provided innovative recycling solutions for the surplus of otherwise unrecyclable personal protective equipment (PPE) produced during the pandemic, the international recycling leader is back again with convenient solutions to address this new influx of unwanted office supplies. TerraCycle’s Zero Waste Boxes provide a convenient recycling solution for nearly every conceivable piece of office waste that is generally not recyclable through most conventional recycling facilities. When placed in high-traffic areas like breakrooms or kitchens, Zero Waste Boxes provide psychic income to eco-minded employees and deliver an environmentally friendly alternative to landfilling in the form of recycling — all while discouraging clutter throughout any newly renovated office. To recycle common forms of unwanted office supplies, TerraCycle offers the following Zero Waste Boxes: •     Office Supplies Zero Waste Box – to recycle tape dispensers, desk organizers, card and document filers, binders, calendars, labels, staplers, hole punchers, dividers, paper cutters, correction supplies, pens/pencils/markers, fasteners, paper clips, staples, binder clips and sticker and label sheet backing. Not a solution for e-waste like electronic staplers and label making machines. •     Office Separation Zero Waste Box – to recycle art supplies, books and magazines, eye wear, cleaning accessories, fabrics and clothing, interior home furnishings, media storage, office supplies, paper packaging, pet products (non-food), plastic packaging, plastic cards and shipping materials. •     Media Storage Zero Waste Box – To recycle any object or device capable of storing data (ie. audio, video) in analog or digital format including records, 8-track tapes, cassette tapes, CDs and DVDs, Blu Ray discs, floppy disks, memory sticks and external hard drives. •     E-Waste Zero Waste Box – To recycle any household or office e-waste including home phones, cell phones, computer cables and accessories, keyboards, VCR/DVD players, hand-held computers, digital music players, pagers, radios, cameras, video recorders, TVs, laptops, desktop computers and monitors, printers and scanners, digital cameras, copiers, typewriters, fax machines, stereos, tuners and turntables and receivers and speakers. When full, the boxes can be returned to TerraCycle for processing and the collected waste will be cleaned, melted and remolded to make new products. “No matter if you’re implementing a hybrid schedule or if you’re planning to return to the office in full-force this fall, our workplaces will likely begin to look a lot different compared to how we left them,” says Tom Szaky, CEO and founder of TerraCycle. “TerraCycle’s goal is to make this transition as easy and as environmentally-friendly as possible by giving your business the power to divert waste from landfills through our turn-key Zero Waste recycling solutions.” TerraCycle works with major manufacturers and retailers to recycle products and packaging that would normally be thrown away. To learn more about TerraCycle and its innovative recycling solutions, visit www.terracycle.com.

Popper fidget toys are the latest 2021 children's craze but how environmentally friendly are they?

A spokesman for innovative recycling organisation TerraCycle explained: "Where it becomes more complicated is when a waste item is made out of a complex material, or several materials, as is the case with most toys. The process of recycling these materials is complicated and costly and the end product is worth less than the cost of recycling the waste, so the economics simply do not work."

Announcing the 2021 Bulldog PR Award Winners

May 20, 2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Ridgefield Park, New Jersey--(Newsfile Corp. - May 20, 2021) - Bulldog Reporter is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Bulldog PR Awards, recognizing both the most outstanding PR and communications campaigns, and the most extraordinary individual and agency contributions to the industry. The Bulldog Awards are the only PR awards program judged exclusively by journalists. "I was very moved to judge this year's entries due to the pandemic," says Mary Ellen Walsh, award-winning journalist and Bulldog Awards judge. "Nearly every team had to readjust strategic planning to include a more compassionate look at the power of public relations on a deeper level. The campaigns were less about the bottom line and much more about effectively bolstering outreach, offering expertise and raising awareness." In October 2020, the Bulldog Awards announced it would be combining its two programs, the PR Awards and Stars of PR Awards, into a single program. As a result, there are three Grand Prize winners, one in each group: campaign, agency, and individual or team. * LEWIS received the Grand Prize - Best Campaign of 2020 for their campaign Lucid Motors Launch - A Tale of David AND Goliath * Fahlgren Mortine received the Grand Prize - Best PR Agency of 2020 * KD Hall of KD Hall Communications received the Grand Prize - PR Star of 2020 Grand Prize winners are selected from among the nominations that are entered in multiple categories and win gold at least once. Our illustrious panel of journalist judges had their work cut out for them to select winners from entrants in 50+ categories, including three new campaign categories added to recognize the events of 2020. * The Best COVID-19 Response * The Best Virtual Event * The Best PR Podcast "As a journalist for over 20 years, I've probably gotten hundreds of thousands of press releases," says Eric Hartley, an opinion editor, newspaper journalist and Bulldog Awards judge. "However, I rarely see the work that goes into them. Judging these awards gave me a glimpse behind the curtain into the ways organizations-and their PR firms-think about how to promote something." The winning individuals, teams, agencies, and companies have all earned bragging rights as Bulldog Awards recipients, along with extensive promotion on the Bulldog Awards website and through Bulldog Reporter's newsletters and website. The Grand Prize winners also receive a Bulldog Awards trophy to add to their award collection. Congratulations to all the winners of the 2021 Bulldog PR Awards! Learn more about Bulldog Awards at bulldogawards.com and sign up to hear about updates on deadlines or upcoming awards programs. Campaign Categories Grand Prize - Best PR Campaign of 2020 * Lucid Motors Launch - A Tale of David AND Goliath by LEWIS Best Arts & Entertainment Campaign * Gold: Sound Royalties Takes the National Stage by French/West/Vaughan Best Beauty, Fashion, or Lifestyle Campaign * Gold: nixit by Matte PR Inc. * Silver: Wrangler x Rick and Morty Collection by French/West/Vaughan Best Brand Launch * Gold: Rebranding a Beloved Brand for Today's Table by The GIANT Company * Silver: YouthBuild by Goodfuse * Bronze: Forefront by Forefront Communications Group, Inc Best Business to Business Campaign * Gold: MWWPR + T&M Associates by MWWPR * Silver: Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I. and Padilla by Padilla * Bronze: SingleStore: What's in a Name? by Bospar Best Business to Consumer Campaign * Gold: OnwardMobility Delivers the Next BlackBerry by Rainier Communications * Silver: Zebra Partners by Zebra Partners * Bronze: D'Artagnan by Peppercomm Best Campaign on a Shoestring Budget * Gold: NAVC's COVID-19 Response by North American Veterinary Community * Silver: Cinnadust Seasoning Sweetens 2020 with News of Official Cinnamon Toast Crunch Seasoning Launch by Gillian Small Public Relations * Bronze: PPE Protects the Public from COVID, TerraCycle Protects the Planet from PPE Waste by TerraCycle Best Community Engagement Campaign * Gold: 'Choose Topeka' $15,000 Relocation Campaign by Violet PR * Silver: Let'er Buck Challenge by French/West/Vaughan * Bronze: Know Narcolepsy® UGC Campaign by Evoke KYNE Best Community Relations Campaign * Gold: 10,000 Turkeys by The GIANT Company Best Consumer Product Launch * Gold: Enfusia Helps Customers Mask Up and Breathe Easy by SPM Communications * Silver: Lucid Motors Launch - A Tale of David AND Goliath by LEWIS Best Covid-19 Response Campaign * Gold: Lifelong Learning by Lifelong Learning * Silver: Stony Brook Medicine by Stony Brook University * Bronze: Marathon Strategies: COVID-19 Covered by Marathon Strategies * Bronze: Verizon's Feed the Frontlines, Pay It Forward Live, Comeback Coach Hub and Women In Business by Rogers & Cowan PMK Best Crisis Management * Gold: Ambulnz COVID-19 Response by 10 to 1 Public Relations * Silver: Keeping the Dream of Homeownership Alive: Mr. Cooper Advocates on Behalf of Homeowners and the Housing Market by Highwire PR Best Diversity/Inclusion Campaign * Gold: Agency Guacamole - B.L.N.D by Agency Guacamole * Silver: Red Fan Communications by Red Fan Communications * Bronze: UGA PR Capstone Students by UGA PR Capstone Students Best Financial Services Campaign * Gold: Aflac by Aflac * Silver: Born Digital: Ally Bank Welcomes 10,000+ Newborns into the Digital Era, Giving the Future a Financial Head-Start on Theirs by Tier One Partners * Bronze: BackBay Communications: Local Funding Announcement by BackBay Communications Best Food & Beverages Campaign * Gold: Dittoe Public Relations by Dittoe PR * Silver: The Charli Dances Onto Dunkin's Menu by Dunkin with RF|Binder, BBDO, and DDOne Best Global Campaign * Gold: Lucid Motors Launch - A Tale of David AND Goliath by LEWIS * Silver: trivago by Peppercomm * Bronze: Oracle AI@Work: Mental Health by Oracle Best Government/Public Service Campaign * Gold: United States Postal Service Field Communications by USPS * Silver: CDC Rx Awareness Campaign by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ICF Next * Bronze: Orlando United Assistance Center by Poston Communications Best Green Environmental/Sustainability Campaign * Gold: NewsmanPR's "Connect & Protect" Campaign for the Florida Keys by NewmanPR * Silver: Jet Zero: The Future of Electric Flight by Mission Control Communications * Bronze: Vote Yes on Prop 1 by Kiwit Best Healthcare Campaign * Gold: MUCINEX's Goes Beyond Words with Three-Phased COVID-19 Public Health Information Campaign by Legend * Silver: Amendola Raises Appriss Health's Profile Through OpenBeds Campaign by Amendola Communications * Bronze: CHPA by Reingold Best Integration of Traditional and New Media * Gold: Lucid Motors Launch - A Tale of David AND Goliath by LEWIS * Silver: Trane® Residential x Havas Formula by Havas Formula * Bronze: Scotch-Brite™ Brand Holiday Gift Guide by HUNTER PR Best Investor Relations * Gold: Feeding Pets of the Homeless 2019 Annual Report by G8 Strategies LLC * Silver: Pushpay by Pushpay * Bronze: The Buddy Group by The Buddy Group Best Issue/Cause Advocacy Campaign * Gold: Red Fan Communications by Red Fan Communications * Silver: Qorvis Communications by Qorvis Communications * Silver: Combatting Youth Vaping Head On by GOLIN Best Media Relations Campaign * Gold: Cinnadust Seasoning Sweetens 2020 with News of Official Cinnamon Toast Crunch Seasoning Launch by Gillian Small Public Relations * Silver: Lucid Motors Launch - A Tale of David AND Goliath by LEWIS * Bronze: 2020 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching & Leadership by The Harbinger Group Best Not-for-Profit/Association Campaign * Gold: Dueling Dinosaurs Roars with Global Announcement by French/West/Vaughan * Silver: Qorvis Communications by Qorvis Communications * Bronze: Verizon's Feed the Frontlines, Pay it Forward Live, Comeback Coach Hub and Women In Business by Rogers & Cowan PMK Best PR Podcast * Gold: Disrupting the Podcasting Space with ASG's Digital: Disrupted by V2 Communications * Silver: Lay of the Brand Podcast by Merritt Group * Bronze: PR 360 by Global Results Communications Best Public Affairs Campaign * Gold: Marathon Strategies: Securing Justice for U.S. Victims of Terror by Marathon Strategies * Silver: Yes on Proposition 22 | Clyde Group by Clyde Group * Bronze: Counting Illinois by Kiwit Best Special Event or Publicity Stunt * Gold: MUCINEX® Direct-to-Consumer Channel Launch w/ Fashion Show Livestreamed on YouTube by Legend * Silver: Canadian Tire Christmas Trail by Canadian Tire Corporation * Bronze: Lucid Motors Launch - A Tale of David AND Goliath by LEWIS Best Technology/Software Campaign * Gold: OnwardMobility Delivers the Next BlackBerry by Rainier Communications * Silver: Prodoscore: Making Work From Home Actually Work by Bospar Best Thought Leadership Campaign * Gold: Cancer Treatment Centers of America - Shadow Curve by Goodfuse * Silver: Invention in PR by Adam Ritchie Brand Direction * Bronze: MWWPR + T&M Associates by MWWPR Best Travel & Tourism Campaign * Gold: Hilton Extends Hospitality Through "Hilton at Home" Digital Content Series, Offering Insider Tips to Make Consumers' Homes and Lives More Hospitable During Global Pandemic by Hilton Best Use of Influencers * Gold: MUCINEX® Direct-to-Consumer Channel Launch w/ Fashion Show Livestreamed on YouTube by Legend * Silver: SideChefxPanasonic: Cooking Made Easy by Dunn Pellier Media * Bronze: V2 Executes Robust Influencer Program for Decibel During COVID-19 by V2 Communications Best Use of Personality/Celebrity * Gold: #ForTheGrams: Amazon Helps Families Maintain Holiday Traditions in a Time of Social Distancing by HUNTER and Amazon * Silver: Advantage Hers by Ruder Finn * Bronze: Leanne Ford for Legend by Sharp Think Best Use of Research - Business/Consumer * Gold: Back to Normal Barometer by ROKK Solutions * Silver: Aflac by Aflac * Bronze: Oracle AI@Work: Mental Health by Oracle Best Use of Social Media * Gold: The Abbi Agency by The Abbi Agency * Silver: American Dairy Association North East #MakeMilkMoments Social Media Campaign by Pollock Communications Best Use of Video/Multimedia * Gold: Poseida Therapeutics by Poseida Therapeutics Best Viral Campaign * Gold: Spin Master, The PAW Patrol Years by Spin Master Best Virtual Event Campaign * Gold: Qorvis Communications by Qorvis Communications * Silver: Reingold by Reingold * Bronze: Lucid Motors Launch - A Tale of David AND Goliath by LEWIS Best Visual Storytelling Campaign * Gold: CDC Rx Awareness Campaign by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ICF Next Individual or Team Categories Grand Prize - PR Star of 2020 * KD Hall, KD Hall Communications Leader of the Year (Agency) * Gold: French/West/Vaughan team * Silver: Curtis Sparrer, Bospar * Bronze: Kathy Bloomgarden, Ruder Finn Media Relations Professional of the Year * Gold: Beth Casteel, The Reis Group * Silver: Curtis Sparrer, Bospar * Bronze: Eric Hazard, Vested PR Professional Who Makes a Difference * Gold: KD Hall, KD Hall Communications * Silver: Curtis Sparrer, Bospar PR Star Under 40 * Gold: KD Hall, KD Hall Communications * Silver: Brian Hart, Flackable * Bronze: Keith Chapman, Chap Public Relations, LLC PR Up and Comer * Gold: Myrissa Stalter, Fahlgren Mortine * Gold: Sonali Hitesh Mehta, Apples and Oranges Public Relations * Silver: Sammie Yeager, ROKK Solutions * Bronze: Luz Verduzco, SPM Communications Public Relations Professional of the Year * Gold: Curtis Sparrer, Bospar * Silver: Kathy Bloomgarden, Ruder Finn * Bronze: Eric Hazard, Vested Agency Categories Grand Prize - Best PR Agency of 2020 * Fahlgren Mortine Agency That Gets Results * Gold: Fahlgren Mortine * Silver: Bospar * Bronze: Lumina Communications Best Boutique Agency * Gold: Capwell Communications * Silver: Affect/Gregory FCA * Bronze: Fish Consulting Best Industry-Focused Agency * Gold: Jaymie Scotto & Associates * Silver: Bospar * Bronze: SideCar Public Relations Business to Business (B2B) Agency of the Year * Gold: Bospar * Silver: BLASTmedia * Bronze: Lumina Communications Business to Consumer (B2C) Agency of the Year * Gold: Fahlgren Mortine * Silver: French/West/Vaughan Large Agency of the Year * Gold: Fahlgren Mortine * Silver: French/West/Vaughan Midsize Agency of the Year * Gold: Goodfuse * Silver: Bospar * Bronze: Publicity For Good Most Innovative Agency * Gold: Ruder Finn * Silver: Bospar * Bronze: JConnelly Small Agency of the Year * Gold: Adam Ritchie Brand Direction * Silver: 10 to 1 Public Relations * Bronze: Violet PR Cannot view this image? 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A Guide to Recycling Clothes and Beauty Products

If you've been trying to effectively reduce waste but don't know where to start, look no further.   image.pngYou know all about the three R's — reduce, reuse, recycle — but when it comes to applying them to a daily routine, it can feel complicated. There are a ton of different combinations of materials out there and it's intimidating if you don't know what's actually considered recyclable. Most likely when you think of recyclable materials, you might just think of paper goods, plastic water bottles, and aluminum cans. But what you completely forget about are textiles, or old clothes and beauty products. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, textiles made up more than 5% (17 million tons) of all U.S. landfills in 2018. That same year, 14.7% (2.5 million tons) of textiles were recycled. Consider this your personal guide on how to effectively reduce waste, reuse containers and recycle that old stained sweater you can't wear anymore. Read on to find out how you can do your part by sustainably getting rid of old clothes and beauty products.

Check Recycling Regulations

The first thing you're going to want to do is check your local recycling laws to make sure you're following the rules. Luckily, we live in a day and age where we have information at our fingertips. There are a ton of resources out there that help check which recyclables are accepted, like EARTH911Recycle CoachCall2Recycle and How2Recycle. Recycled items are then transported to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), where they're separated and prepared for marketing to manufacturers for repurposing. Just a heads up —MRFs tend to have stricter rules and don't accept a lot of beauty products. A good rule of thumb to follow when it comes to beauty products is that if the packaging is made with fewer materials, it's more likely to be recycled. Some brands like R+Co and R+Co BLEU are committed to using post-consumer resource (PCR) packaging, which is made of 100% recycled material. Packaging plays a big part in recycling, so researching and purchasing from brands with such initiatives makes sustainable living much easier. Apps like RecycleNation and Recycle Coach are a huge help when it comes to figuring out if specific items and materials are recyclable.

Textile Recycling Programs

Textile recycling programs recover old clothing and textiles for reuse or material recovery. This helps keep these items — even those with stains and tears — out of landfills. TerraCycle, one of the most well-known recycling programs, has worked with multiple brands like Nordstrom for BEAUTYCYCLE and Package Free to help reduce waste. BEAUTYCYCLE is a free program that recycles emptied beauty and skincare product packaging at Nordstrom. The best part is that they'll accept any brand regardless of whether it's sold by Nordstrom. Package Free sells zero waste boxes that you can fill with appropriate waste streams and ship back to TerraCycle for recycling. You don't even have to worry about shipping — each box includes a prepaid return label. There are several categories of zero waste boxes to help organize items depending on what you're recycling.   image.png

Check If Brands Do In-House Recycling

There are a ton of brands out there that have started doing their part in reducing waste by recycling in-house. If you send old clothes and empty beauty packaging back to these brands, they'll most likely work with programs like TerraCycle to properly dispose and repurpose the materials for new packaging and products. There are also brands like W3LL PEOPLE that not only create products with plant-powered formulas but make it a point to give back to the planet. To celebrate Earth Day, W3LL PEOPLE has partnered with the National Forest Foundation to plant 10,000 trees in National Parks in the U.S in April. Read on to see which brands have in-house recycling programs to do their part in normalizing sustainability.

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Clothing & Shoes



Donate or Resell Items

If you're not able to recycle your clothes or beauty packaging, there's always the option of donating or reselling lightly used items. You can pretty much donate any clean clothing unless it's wet because it can promote bacteria growth. For starters, you can pass clothes down to your siblings or friends or make donations to local thrift shops and charity organizations. If you're looking to make some extra cash, you can also take any items to consignment stores like Plato's Closet or sell items online. When it comes to selling and donating beauty products, there are different policies depending on the store or organization. Some places don't accept items past their shelf life or items that have been opened and slightly used. You're definitely going to want to check policies before donating anything, especially since they might have changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Do your part in reducing textile waste by following the tips highlighted throughout this guide. For more information on the best sustainable options out there, check out Seventeen's Sustainable Style Awards.

How to Recycle Your Beauty Products the Right Way

Did you know that the global cosmetics industry produces 120 billion units of packaging each year? These units contribute to the loss of 18 million acres of forest every single year, according to research conducted by Zero Waste Week and published on the Stylist. Yep, I was devastated to learn this, too. As a beauty editor who receives and tests tons of products on a weekly basis, I’m often left feeling disheartened by how much plastic and waste is used in the packaging. That’s why whenever I hit pan on my favorite bronzer or finish my clarifying shampoo, I make it a point to recycle the leftovers in the appropriate bins — or at least what I thought were the appropriate bins. As it turns out, recycling cosmetic packaging correctly involves more research and information than I thought.

To find out how to recycle my beauty products the right way,  I reached out to Alex Payne, a publicist for TerraCycle —- a recycling program that offers a sustainable solution for those hard-to-recycle items. Read on for his top tips.

Get Informed

“In general, plastic pollution is a main driver of the negative environmental consequences that result from not recycling otherwise recyclable products,” says Payne. While it may be easier to throw away your empty lipstick bullet in any old trash bag, not disposing of it the right way can have a lasting, negative impact on the planet.

Learn About Your City’s Recycling Regulations

Did you know that recycling restrictions vary by city? Generally, items made from glass, aluminum and basic #1 and #2 plastic (things like single-use water bottles and milk jugs) are accepted by most local programs. Unfortunately, Payne explains that many modern forms of beauty packaging contain complex materials that cannot be separated or processed by most municipal recycling centers. “A simple way to check your beauty product’s recyclability is to look up your town’s accepted waste via the database offered by Call2Recycle,” he says.

Dispose of the Excess Product — but NOT Down the Sink

This is the *most* important tip when it comes to recycling your beauty products. “Even if a product is technically recyclable through your curbside program, any leftover product can make the container unrecyclable due to contamination,” says Payne. What’s worse is that if any other recyclables encounter the leftover residue, they also can become contaminated and therefore non-recyclable. So before recycling any beauty products, be sure to throw away any residual product in the garbage. Emptying products in the sink can be problematic if they contain ingredients like microbeads that can contribute to the ocean’s plastic pollution crisis if they come in contact with waterways, explains Payne.

Find Programs That Recycle the “Unrecyclable” Products

If you find that your products can’t be recycled through your municipal program, try finding a cosmetic recycling program that will do the work for you. For example, TerraCycle and Garnier have partnered to create a free recycling program for all brands of skin care, hair care and cosmetic packaging. Joining the program allows you to download a free shipping label so you can send in your products. Once received, they will be melted down, pelletized and shaped into hard plastic to be used in things like shipping pallets and park benches. If your product cannot be recycled through your municipal program and is not accepted by any of TerraCycle’s free programs, Payne says you can also purchase one of TerraCycle’s zero-waste boxes — specifically the Beauty Products and Packaging Box — which allows you to recycle practically every kind of waste. Everything that is collected from these boxes get sorted and processed into raw materials that can be reused instead of getting sent to a landfill or incinerated.

Be Mindful When Buying Beauty Products

Another way to help the planet is to buy products that already come in sustainable packaging. Thankfully, there are more and more brands offering eco-friendly options each year. One of our favorites is Seed Phytonutrients, which uses shower-friendly paper bottles that result in 60% less plastic than a traditional bottle. Oh, and the pumps from those bottles can be recycled for free via TerraCycle. Look for refillable cosmetic containers, too, like the Lancôme Absolue Revitalizing & Brightening Soft Cream. When it’s time to repurchase this luxe cream, you can pick up a refillable pod and keep the chic golden jar your original came in — so it’s friendly for your vanity, your skin and the earth.

Here’s What To Know About Recycling Your Running Shoes

Learn when it’s better to rehome your running shoes and when it’s best to let them take on a new life.
It probably won’t surprise you, a runner, a definite wearer of shoes, to learn that the shoe industry is massive (producing 24.2 billion pairs a year, massive). Also unsurprising is that with its size comes a monster amount of waste as consumers continue to buy and ditch pair after pair. The life cycle (from material processing, manufacturing, logistics, and eventual waste) is estimated to create 30 pounds of carbon emissions for each pair of running shoes. RELATED: Running Shoes are Part of an Environmental Crisis. Is Change Coming? Running brands aren’t oblivious to the problem and seem to grasp that runners are caring more and more about the environment, but aren’t willing to compromise on the quality of their footwear. In fact, that’s where a lot of the dissonance comes into play. To truly reduce the carbon footprint of the sneaker industry, runners need to one day rely on fewer, yet more durable shoes. But no shoe brand wants us to buy fewer shoes. Which means, it’s up to them to find another way. And this April, just in time for Earth Day, many brands are launching new (or beefing up old) footwear recycling and donating initiatives. on-running-cyclonOn’s Cyclon shoe is sold on a subscription basis, where consumers return and recycle the shoe and receive a new pair every five months or so. Photo: Courtesy On Running

Here Are 6 Brands That Will Recycle Your Kicks (And Socks)

Currently, 85 percent of textiles are not recycled, with the average person throwing away 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles annually. In general, recycling shoes is a complex process and depending on the materials in the shoe it might not be possible. “Footwear is difficult to recycle because most shoes are made using multiple, mixed materials which are often stitched or glued together,” says Shaye DiPasquale a publicist for the recycler TerraCycle. “There is not a lot of physical recycling of footwear that goes on,” says Eric Stubin, president of Trans-Americas Textile Recycling. The majority of ‘recycled’ shoes and clothes are shipped places to be reused. Stubin’s company processes about 10 million pounds of post-consumer textile waste from clothing, shoes, and accessories every year. Take polyurethane foam, a material researchers from Northwestern University only recently figured out how to upcycle. “Polyurethane foam waste has historically been landfilled and burned or down-cycled for use in carpeting,” said William Dichtel, who co-led the research. “Our latest work effectively removes air from polyurethane foams and remolds them into any shape. This could pave the way for industry to begin recycling polyurethane foam waste for many relevant applications.” Polyurethane, which is sometimes used in the midsole of shoes does not melt even in extreme heat. Previously, it could only be shredded or compressed in ways that make the material not durable enough for other uses. In general, when clothing is recycled it tends to go to one of these four different end destinations:
  1. Reused and repurposed as secondhand clothing (45%)
  2. Recycled and converted into items like reclaimed wiping rags for industrial and residential use (30%)
  3. Recycled into post-consumer fiber for home insulation, carpet padding, and raw material for the automotive industry (20%)
  4. Landfills (5%)
Perhaps the most notable and lauded shoe recycling program is Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe, which is available at select Nike stores. Through the program any brand of athletic shoe is collected to be turned into a Nike Grind product—tracks, courts, walkways, and playground floors made from ground sneakers. Stubin considers the Nike Grind program to be the most “robust and viable program for footwear.” Earlier this month, the sandal company Teva announced its partnership with TerraCycle through a program it’s calling TevaForever. For no additional cost, customers who sign up receive a pre-paid shipping label to send their worn sandals to TerraCycle. Their goal is to also turn the used sandals into running tracks, playgrounds, and more. TerraCycle‘s footwear Zero Waste Box is an option that anyone can order and fill with shoes to be recycled. According to DiPasquale the shoes will either be manually or mechanically separated into fabrics, metals, fibers, organics, and plastics. The fabrics are reused, upcycled, or recycled. The metals are smelted for reuse elsewhere. Wood or paper fibers are recycled or composted. And the plastics are melted down and turned into pellets, flakes, or other usable formats to be molded into new products or packaging. But what if you could buy a shoe with a promise that it will be recycled, rather than looking for a solution on the back end? On, the Swiss shoe company has recently launched its Cyclon shoe subscription which promises to be a closed-loop system. For a fee of $29.99 per month you are delivered the shoes, made of castor beans. When the shoes reach the end of their life, you let On know and they will send you a new pair along with everything you need to ship the old pair back to be recycled into new products. Because of the concept, On was awarded the 2021 ISPO Product of the Year as well as a Sustainability Achievement award. And on Earth Day, Salomon will begin selling its Index.01 shoe in the U.S., which is already available in Europe. Like On’s concept, it promises to be a circular life-cycle shoe. As long as consumers send it back, partners of Salomon will recycle the TPU and polyester into raw materials for use in other products. In Europe specifically, the TPU will be recycled into Salomon ski boots. What about socks? An oft-forgotten item that is more than likely to end up in the landfill. Smartwool has just announced its new partnership with Material Return starting April 21. Like Nike Grind, this program involves collecting old socks (can be any brand or material, but must be clean) to be ground up and used in other products. This is your chance to get rid of those lonely single socks that, let’s be honest, won’t ever find their match. Find a donation center here.

4 Other Ways to Donate or Recycle Your Shoes

Donating your shoes so someone else can get use out of them is probably the best thing you can do with that old pair. Stubin’s biggest piece of advice when donating your shoes: Don’t judge your shoes too harshly. “A good pair of shoes, even if a runner deems them no longer useful, can likely find a second life,” he says. Even if the charity you donate to can’t re-sell the shoes to a consumer, they can still sell it to a recycler. “So if a Goodwill sells clothing to Trans-Americas, we pay them for that material. There’s a market price for that material,” says Stubin. Programs like One World Running and Soles4Souls (a popular choice among running stores) collect and distribute shoes and other clothing to people who need them. To date the Soles4Souls program has found second use for over 56 million pairs of shoes. Find a donation center near you here. Soles4Souls partners with a lot of other high profile donation programs. The North Face’s Clothes the Loop program, for example, will send your shoes to that recycling leader. [Editor’s Note: You can also join our Soles4Souls shoe drive! Get all the details here and help us put your old sneakers to good use.] Also announced this month, Nike will soon start accepting lightly worn, good condition shoes into its refurbished program for resale in 15 authorized stores. You can also check with your local running store to see if they offer any sort of similar takeback program. Extending the life of a garment by one year can reduce its carbon footprint by 25 percent, according to the Thredup fashion footprint calculator. “So footwear that lives on and finds a second life for two to three years, conceivably reduces the carbon,” says Stubin. Recycling vs. trashing shoes is only a small fraction of the problem. Most of the carbon emissions related to running shoes happens in the manufacturing process. At the end of the day, the best thing that can be done is to buy less and make the products we do own last longer. But, as with every environmentally charged movement, we have to start somewhere and demand forward progress and innovation, while doing our part as individuals.

Do Eco-Friendly Credit Cards Deliver on Their Promises?

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Being environmentally conscious involves a series of choices that add up over time: the reusable water bottle, the public transit commute, the trip to the consignment store instead of the department store. But how we pay for everything we buy has an impact, too. In recent years, eco-friendly credit cards have emerged as a way to make one more thoughtful choice. These cards may donate to green causes, help you offset your carbon footprint or even be made out of recycled, biodegradable or reclaimed materials. But a credit card that is "good" for the environment is a tricky premise. For one thing, many major banks, some of which issue these cards, invest in fossil fuels. Plus, credit cards make it easy to buy more stuff, and the very act of consumption contributes to climate change in myriad ways. After all, that online purchase doesn’t just magically appear at your front door. The items you buy get manufactured, packaged, shipped, delivered in trucks ... you get the idea. So do eco-friendly credit cards make a difference? What other actions can you take to make a difference when it comes to your own consumption habits? What makes a credit card 'eco-friendly'? Eco-friendly credit cards aim to help the environment in a few major ways: Using more sustainable materials to make the cards There’s a noticeable push to move away from “first-use” plastic in credit cards and toward plastics that previously served some other purpose, like recycled PVC (polyvinyl chloride, the difficult-to-recycle material that cards are traditionally made from) and plastics recovered from oceans. Still, any plastic use, even if it’s recycled or reclaimed, can be problematic, according to Katie O’Hara, conservation manager at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Florida. “Anything made from recycled or reclaimed ocean plastics is not truly recyclable or sustainable," she said in an email. "When plastics are recycled, they degrade, releasing nano and microparticles into the water used to recycle them. Plastic cannot be reused more than once or twice, and when it is recycled it’s still harmful to the environment.” Even if plastic finds a second life as a credit card, it will still find its way back to the landfill eventually. O’Hara recommends opting for metal credit cards, which are more durable and easier to recycle. Donating to specific causes There are many worthwhile environmental charities that are doing important work all over the world, and they need help. And by “help,” what they really need is money. “Environmental nonprofit organizations are heavily reliant on donations, and the donations they receive through eco-friendly credit cards can be a financial lifeline for them,” said Marc Lewis, executive editor of EcoWatch, an environmental news and product review site, in an email. So if you want to use a credit card that helps raise money toward a cause you care about, go for it. But don’t fall into the trap of thinking using the card more often equals a healthier planet. “It’s hard to measure if these donations truly offset the massive carbon footprint from the credit card purchases of TVs, smartphones, new furniture and other resource-intensive consumer goods,” Lewis said. An alternative is simply donating directly to charities. Cash always fits, but you can even donate points and miles from rewards credit cards, as well as from airline and hotel loyalty programs. Offering carbon offsets With carbon offsets, you essentially help fund an environmentally friendly project somewhere in the world, negating the carbon footprint of your own action. In recent years, a few carbon-offsetting credit cards have come to market. They partner with organizations that offset the carbon footprint of your purchases through reforestation efforts and other means. Some even track the carbon footprint of your purchases, helping you to make more informed buying decisions. Anything that helps you think about the impact of your purchases is a good thing. Carbon offsets themselves can also help, though data on the effectiveness of different offset programs is murky. If you choose a credit card that offers carbon offsets, look into the organizations they support so you can see how much of an impact you can make. Also, it’s tempting to buy more when each tap of the card does something good for the environment, but, again, buying more stuff is generally not ideal for the environment. What card issuers can do: Ditch the physical card altogether Enough new credit cards are produced every year to circle the Earth three times, according to Doug Heske, CEO of Newday Impact Investing, a platform that allows users to invest in ESG portfolios. (ESG stands for environmental, social and governance.) But we already have the technology that will reduce demand for physical cards. Perhaps in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic, contactless and mobile payment use picked up momentum around the world. A 2021 Visa study found that 85% of consumers expect digital options when they shop in person, including contactless credit cards, mobile payment apps and mobile wallets. And if contactless payment options are what customers want, card issuers and merchants will eventually deliver by allowing consumers to opt in to receiving physical cards instead of automatically mailing them. “We’re in this bridge period between what was and what will be,” Heske says. “My experience, and the conversation I’ve had with major providers, is that everyone’s moving in that direction. It’s going to be consumer-driven.” What consumers can do: Make small choices that add up Just because something is plastic doesn’t mean you can simply drop it in the recycling bin and pat yourself on the back. What’s considered “recyclable” can depend on the rules of your region’s recycling program. Credit cards are difficult to recycle in part because of their chips and magnetic stripes, according to Debbie Prenatt, market manager, sustainability, at M. Holland Co., a plastics distribution company. Companies like TerraCycle offer a way to mail in your old cards for recycling. TerraCycle’s Zero Waste Pouch costs $48, but you can save money by sharing the cost, and the pouch, with friends who also want to safely dispose of their cards. And if you haven’t yet tried that mysterious wallet app on your phone, add a credit card or two and try it the next time you shop at a merchant that accepts that type of payment. Of course, a huge part of cutting back on plastic waste is simply using less of it. Prenatt adds another “R” to “reduce, reuse, recycle” — refuse. “If you get takeout, do you need plastic utensils? Or can you wait until you’re home and use a metal fork? That’s how you refuse,” she says. “Unfortunately, if you want to do better, you have to do the work as an individual.”

Can You Recycle Number 5 Plastics?

Recycling isn’t the same as it used to be. A few years ago, China accepted much of the world’s plastic, textile, and paper recycling. But in 2018, China tightened restrictions on what it would accept due to the high level of contaminated material sent by the U.S.   Now, it’s time for the United States to take responsibility to recycle these streams of waste domestically in order to improve the “materials security” of the nation. That means keeping and processing more recyclable material inside the U.S., which will also reduce the carbon footprint of the current approach to recycling.   In the United States, plastic recycling is becoming a challenge, especially number 5 plastics. We’ve collected a few solutions to help you keep these plastics out of the landfills.  

What Are Number 5 Plastics?

  The recycling symbol on the bottom of a plastic product does not necessarily indicate that the item can be recycled. That number surrounded by chasing arrows is a resin identification code and tells users what kind of plastic they’re holding.   The number 5 with the recycling symbol indicates polypropylene, often just shortened to PP.   This plastic type is particularly hard and heat resistant. It’s often used in prescription medicine bottles, yogurt cups, hummus tubs, single-use cutlery, and some packaging for personal care products like deodorant, lotion, or shampoo. Lids of single-use drink bottles are often also made of number 5 plastic as well as a great deal of single-use laboratory and medical supplies at hospitals, clinics, and labs.   Number 5 plastics were widely accepted in both curbside and drop-off recycling centers before China’s National Sword policy was introduced in 2018. That is when China stopped accepting our plastic waste for recycling.  

Recycling Mail-in Programs

  Currently, there a few mail-in options for recycling polypropylene. Do check with your local solid waste district to check local options in your region before going to this effort and expense.  

Gimme 5 Program

  The Gimme 5 program is run by Preserve, a company that makes fully recycled plastic home and kitchen goods. Formerly, Preserve offered recycling drop-off locations for polypropylene at Whole Foods stores but discontinued the program in 2019. A limited number of stores still accept plastic “disposable” cutlery only. Preserve now asks interested recyclers to mail in their number five plastics. They welcome medicine bottles, yogurt containers, hummus tubs, and more. Preserve also closes the lifecycle loop with their mail-in toothbrush takeback program.   Note: During the COVID-19 crisis, Preserve has had to temporarily pause their mail-in recycling program and toothbrush takeback program. See what kinds of number 5 plastics they accept and save your plastics to mail in when pandemic restrictions have lifted.  

Matthew 25: Ministries

  The international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization Mathew 25: Ministries accepts clean, empty pill bottles. They welcome prescription medicine bottles as well as small pill bottles that may be too small to recycle curbside. The ministry reuses bottles in countries where such supplies are limited and recycle those they cannot use.  


  The giant in recycling the unrecyclable arena is TerraCycle. This company’s motto is “eliminating the idea of waste” and they have programs that allow you to recycle almost any type of waste.   TerraCycle does not have a recycling program specifically for number 5 plastics, so you’ll have to hunt around their website for the best solution. There are free recycling programs as well as Zero Waste Boxes, which can be filled with plastic and mailed to Terracycle, that you must pay for. If the bulk of your number 5 plastics come from a specific brand, check to see if there is a Terracycle brigade program available that allows you to recycle the products for free.   Simply keeping plastics separate makes a big difference to the success of the recycling process. Consider ordering a kitchen separation box or boxes for specific items like personal care productsplastic packaging, or vitamin bottles (which also accepts additional medicine packaging) for a not-so-small fee.  

Keeping Number 5 Plastics Out of the Trash

  We’re experiencing a plastics crisis in the United States and around the world. We encourage you to do what you can to eliminate plastic waste. One good place to start is to avoid plastics, like polypropylene, that can’t be recycled in your normal curbside or drop-off location.   If possible, skip the plastic and buy your yogurt in bulk or in glass containers — or make your own! Order a three-month supply of medicine instead of one, cutting down on packaging while saving a trip to the pharmacy.   You might also consider, Loop, a TerraCycle company that delivers household products and food in reusable containers. When your goods are used up, you send the container back, and they send you a new one. A zero-waste loop! Loop isn’t in every U.S. state yet, but it’s expanding and still adding countries.   Additionally, look for ways to reuse or upcycle your plastic containers. We love the idea of making suncatchers out of clear lids and playing a plastic bottle bowling game. Your number 5 plastic yogurt containers also just make great organizers!   It’s also a good idea to contact the manufacturer of your favorite product and ask them to come up with more earth-friendly packaging.

Eco-friendly laundromat helps community keep the planet clean

GERMANTOWN — Germantown Laundromat, a solar- and wind-powered laundromat and sustainable shop, has teamed up with TerraCycle to offer the community a solution to recycle traditionally unrecyclable waste through the Zero Waste Box program.   As a business, Germantown Laundromat is committed to helping customers explore what it means to live a cleaner life, to combat throwaway culture and to make more sustainable and ethical choices. With the Bathroom Separation Zero Waste Box, customers can conveniently drop off all non-recyclable waste generated in their bathrooms, including bath and shower accessories and health and personal care packaging. After they have recycled their empty products, shoppers can purchase zero-waste alternatives in the laundromat’s sustainability shop.   A Safety Equipment and Protective Gear Zero Waste Box is stationed by the shop’s front doors to collect and recycle all PPE used by customers, staff and community members. Germantown Laundromat also installed TerraCycle’s Cigarette Receptacles outside for smokers to responsibly dispose of their extinguished cigarettes.   “We provide TerraCycle boxes for products that are not compostable or recyclable through regular channels. This helps address the final stage of a product’s life cycle in order to keep it out of the landfill,” said Tracy Martin, owner of Germantown Laundromat. “Businesses and consumers need to consider the full life cycle of everything they purchase in order to reduce, reuse, and recycle as much as possible.”   The conventionally unrecyclable waste collected through the Zero Waste Boxes would have otherwise been landfilled, incinerated, or may have even contributed to the pollution of marine habitats. The collected packaging will now be recycled into a variety of new products such as park benches, bike racks, shipping pallets and recycling bins.   TerraCycle, the world’s leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams, created the Zero Waste Box program to provide solutions for difficult-to-recycle waste that cannot be recycled through TerraCycle’s brand-sponsored, national recycling programs or via standard municipal recycling.   In addition to employing the Zero Waste Box program, Germantown Laundromat offers eco-friendly washers and dryers, mending and repair services for damaged clothes, a clothing donation program, and a bulk refill station to decrease packaging waste. The laundromat prides itself on ensuring its commitment to the environment while educating the community on ways to adopt a zero-waste lifestyle.   “Our business spends a lot of time thinking about the full life cycle of the products we use in our day-to-day lives -- from laundry detergent, to toothbrushes and toilet paper. We sell only items made to last that will not fuel the throwaway nature that we have all grown accustomed to in this country,” said Martin. “By learning about the impact our buying choices can have on our earth and bodies — we can begin to make more sustainable and ethical choices together.   More information regarding Germantown Laundromat can be found by visiting their website, www.germantownlaundromat.com. All collected materials from the Zero Waste Box program are sent to TerraCycle for recycling, where they undergo a series of treatments before getting turned into new items. For more information on TerraCycle, please visit www.TerraCycle.com.   TerraCycle offers Zero Waste Boxes for nearly every category of waste. By purchasing Zero Waste Boxes, companies and consumers save trash from landfills and help reach TerraCycle’s goal of creating a waste-free world.