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Totally Recycled Plant Food

by Charlie Nardozzi


Gardeners are natural recyclers. They love to recycle pots, stakes, and even plants. If you’re a thrifty gardener and you garden organically, this plant food made from earthworm castings may be for you. Using earthworm castings as fertilizer is not new, but the story behind TerraCycle is unique. The product was created by two Princeton University students who started their composting operation by feeding their earthworms food scraps from the campus dining hall. What started as a small, entrepreneurial venture has blossomed into a thriving business with products sold across the country in stores such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot.

What makes TerraCycle unique is that 100 percent of the product and packaging is made from recycled materials. The liquid fertilizer is derived from earthworm castings, the bottles are recycled soda bottles, and the spray tops and boxes used for shipping are extras from other companies. In fact, if you want to make some money for a good cause, TerraCycle will donate $.05 to your favorite charity for each soda bottle you send them. School groups across the country have used this recycling program to support special projects.

To find out more about TerraCycle, go to: TerraCycle.

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