Almost everything we purchase today comes in some sort of packaging – much of it single use plastic that is often sent to landfills rather than being recycled. Other waste includes wax coated paper ice cream tubs, plastic bags – the list is endless. Plastics often end up in the ocean, where, according to scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration there are almost 800 metric tons of plastic floating around. (https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/hazards/marinedebris/plastics-in-the-ocean.html)
Tom Szaky, founder of TerraCycle, a recycling company based in Trenton, NJ, decided to do something about this and created the revolutionary new delivery service called Loop. From personal care to cleaning supplies to groceries, consumers order their favorite brands online and have them delivered (in a reusable container, not cardboard) in glass and metal packaging. Once the product is used up, the containers are picked up and sent back to Loop, where they are cleaned and reused by the manufacturer. Loop is also partnering with retailers to allow customers to pick up or drop off in stores.
The service is available here in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and will launch globally in the next few years.