Did you know that TerraCycle’s Head Office is located in the US? If TerraCycle is now an international company operating in 21 countries across the world, it all started in New Jersey, where Tom Szaky founded the company when he was still studying in Princeton University. Since then, the company has grown and the Head Office has expanded and has now become a huge warehouse covered with TerraCycle logos and decorated with all sorts of upcycled items.
Any TerraCycle employee’s dream is to visit the US office. When you work at TerraCycle, you have seen videos, photos and even a TV show shot in the US office. You have heard about all the crazy upcycled stuffs that can be found there: curtains made from plastic bottles, desks made from old doors or walls made from old CDs. In your mind, it has become a sort of creative waste-heaven that you wish to visit ASAP.
I was lucky enough to travel there for a week, and let me tell you that I was not disappointed at all. Because you might now be dying to see how it looks like, I thought I would take you on a tour of TerraCycle’s Head Office!
When you get there, you can’t miss the office! Not only because there is nothing else around, but also because it is all decorated with TerraCycle logos and graffiti. You know you have made it!
To get into the office, you need to walk through a curtain made of bottles – how cool!
The main open space where everyone is working hard to eliminate the idea of waste.
Each meeting room has a name, this one is the “Game meeting room”, where I spent most of my week not playing board games of course but attending meetings.
The design room, one of the coolest spots, where Tiffany Threadgould, TerraCycle’s Chief Design Junkie and her team give a second life to waste – even turning garbage into a trendy outfit!
The Science Lab, where our R&D experts find out how to recycle your hardest-to-recycle waste. Those guys are great and can turn practically anything into recycled material!
A stylish break room for coffee breaks, where you can of course recycle your snack wrappers – have you spotted our Zero Waste Boxes in action?
And finally, the kitchen – with a great collection of baking pans!
I hope you liked the US office as much as I did, and we will soon be sharing interviews of some of the people we met there, so stay tuned!