Book Review & Giveaway-Revolution in a Bottle: How TerraCycle Is Redefining Green Business.


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This giveaway has ended. It’s time for another giveaway, and this time it is for a copy of the new book from the founder of TerraCycle, Tom Szaky. Back in August of last year, I wrote a post about a few of the products that TerraCycle makes out of our waste stream, and I have been following their amazing growth since then. If you have not heard of them before, you will soon enough – their products are showing up everywhere, from Whole Foods to the biggest of the big-box stores. This new book, Revolution in a Bottle: How TerraCycle Is Redefining Green Business, is an amazing story of how Szaky took an idea for selling worm poop as fertilizer while at Princeton all the way to the giant green company they are today. I read it in just a few sessions as I had trouble putting it down. So many books I read about companies are boring and dry; but not this one. It truly is a great read and a very inspirational story about turning nothing (or poop, rather) into a company that is doing great things for the environment.

Obviously I cannot go into the entire story here, as it’s way too long, but basically TerraCycle takes a lot of our waste and turns it into products we can buy. Except they don’t just take our waste – they pay us for it. Schools and other organizations around the country are part of different “brigades”, collecting everything from plastic bottles to juice pouches to cookie wrappers. TerraCycle pays these groups a small amount for collecting all this trash and sending it to them, so the organizations benefit from raising money, we benefit from reduced trash in our landfills, and TerraCycle benefits by reusing cheap materials and turning them into things we use every day. From worm poop fertilizer packaged in old milk jugs, to tote bags made from recycled juice pouches, to bird feeders made from 2 liter bottles, they are making and selling all sorts of products made out of our waste. In fact, the bird feeder I received from them last year is still going strong, as seen in this picture I just took today:

If you want to read about a company who is really doing the business of “being green” correctly, reading this book about TerraCycle is definitely a good place to start. And lucky for you, I am going to give my copy away to a reader! All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment on this post with a valid email address (so I can contact you), letting me know why you would like to read this book. The giveaway closes Thursday morning, April 23, at 7am MST, and at that time I will use a random number generator to pick the winning comment. Giveaway is open to US residents only, and the book will be shipped by media mail via the USPS. Only one entry per email address/IP address is allowed. Good luck to everyone, and be on the lookout for more giveaways coming soon! This giveaway has ended

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  1. Hi David,

    I’d love a copy of this book; I was just casting about last night for something new to read, and this sounds like a great story. I’ve briefly heard of TerraCycle before and would enjoy learning more about a company that does green right, as you say.


  2. Hi,
    I would like to read this book so I can get educated on recycling and maybe start this type of thing in my town or get the schools involved. Our kids need to be educated on recycling to save our earth. I think if we can incorporate it more or share our information in the schools (since some parents are too busy working one and two jobs to totally concentrate on teaching their kids) we can increase the chance of changing the direction of the world. It needs a direction change…power in numbers….good luck everyone. Have a green day!

  3. Hi David!!

    I would love to read this book after having watched a feature about Terracycle and interview with Tom on the Weather Channel last night. I was surfing in between periods of NHL playoff action and was stopped dead in my tracks by the pictures of bags and bags of plastic drink bottles being delivered to the Terracycle factory to be used in the production of Terracycle products. Tom’s story was very inspirational as well and I’m sure there’s more great nuggets in the book. Thanks!

  4. I’d love the book. My husband discovered Terracycle last year. We bought a container of fertilizer from Target. However, this spring we can’t find it anywhere that it is purported to be sold. We were very disappointed to find that it had disappeared from our local markets.

  5. I think that any information that will help people, companies think about reducing trash and making it into other products is a great things. I would love this book!

  6. I’m inspired by this company! I just started a vintage clothing shop online and want to expand into re-designing old vintage clothes into things that are useful. I need this book! Thanks for the information you share every day. I bug all of my friends to read your daily blog.

  7. Hi, my name is Savannah and I have a twin sister named Shaina. We are the top collectors in our class. We collect candy bar wrappers, any type of candy wrapper and juice containers. We also save box tops and campbell’s. We have our gramdma’s and gramp’s saving for us and our friends. We will get a pizza party for the most saved. We would think it would be a good idea to have your book, so maybe there is something else we need to recycle. Plus we make crafts with our mom from things around the house. Any way I hope you like our letter. Thanks for helping our earth. Savannah and Shaina

  8. Hi David,

    I first saw you on a television program (sorry I can’t remember which) and I thought “how great your idea” and how you reuse soda bottles, etc. I would love to win your book and read about other things you are doing and perhaps get ideas of my own. Thank you.

  9. I would like to read this book because I am finally getting it that green is the only way to go and I want to increase my understanding of the topic in general.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  10. Thank You. I love reading self help books. My parents raised us kids to be green before it was called green. So I’ve always tried to live that way.

  11. I a fan of Terracycle. I’ve bought several of their products (fertilizers) and think they’re great. I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t read the book, though. I’d love to have a copy.

    By the way, I think it’s great that you recycle books by reading them and then using them for giveaways.

  12. This year I just started getting into the “green” way of life and I also did buy a book that was really boring and I didn’t even make it half way thru before I was bored with it, but this book looks very educational and it looks like a book I can really learn from. Thanks for the chance to win :o)

  13. Hi David,

    I am currently a college student and would love to get some ideas on how to turn my waste into useful products. I have also been wanting to buy a “green” book for awhile, but I honestly can’t choose between them all. There are so many these days 😉 Love your blog– thanks for the opportunity!

  14. I too have a thing for the worms. I have a wriggly ranch in my garage and 2 compost tumblers. I would love to know how much greener I can be. If I don’t win, I’ll go to my local library and read your book anyway.

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