With Earth Day right around the corner, thoughts turn to how to save the planet and reduce our collective negative impact on the environment. While that sounds like a monumental task, TerraCycle, the company that specializes in recycling-the-unrecyclable, has five easy suggestions that can help you start making changes.
Recycle Wisely – The good news is Americans are recycling and, according to the EPA, diverted over 89 million tons of trash from landfills in 2014 – which is over six times the amount in 1980. The bad news is the number has plateaued for the last five years and most people are not sure what can be recycled. To get the numbers moving again, educate yourself on what your local recycling center can accept and reach out to companies that offer innovative solutions for the rest.
Invest in Sustainable Businesses – Use your money to make a difference by investing in companies that adhere to a triple bottom-line business model of being socially, environmentally and financially aware. TerraCycle, which recently offered shares for a $25 million Regulation A offering, that allows any category of investor to invest in a company that embraces sustainable practices, is just one example.