Tom Szaky is the CEO/Founder of TerraCycle, A company he started in his freshman year in Princeton and later dropped out.
The 27 year old started by selling compost (Worm Gin) as a high-grade plant fertilizer and after compost sales took off, he quit school, invested his savings, maxed out his credit card and pumped $22,000 into buying and operating a machine that housed millions of worms in TerraCycle and now he can breathe a sigh of relief that he made the right decision, remembering that he came close to bankruptcy within months of launching.
TerraCycle’s process is reusing material that already has been created and would otherwise spend countless generations in a landfill and using that material to negate the need to use energy and resources to create new material.
TerraCycle has already branched out in several directions from our plant foods, planting pots, repellents and other garden products. Our newest lines include pet products, home decor, cleaning products, school and office supplies and more
He now has a new TV show (Garbage Moguls), a new book (Revolution in a Bottle), one of the fastest growing eco-friendly manufacturers in the world, I’m sure he is saying “What about Princeton”??