Tom Szaky started TerraCycle in high school to “end waste”. The company currently operates in 21 countries, working with some of the world’s largest retailers’ and manufacturers’ brands. In each case they pay TerraCycle to solve the puzzle as to how to make their products recyclable. In May this year Szaky started an online business, Loop, that sells big-brand goods in reusable packages which Loop collects to be cleaned and refilled.
His successes to date have won him awards and recognition from many directions.
The Mint talked to Szaky about his business model and whether it is really going to achieve his aim of ending waste.