The Future of Packaging

From Linear to Circular

Tom Szaky (Author)

Forthcoming: 01/01/2019

The Future of Packaging
Only 35 percent of the 240 million metric tons of waste generated in the United States alone gets recycled, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. This extraordinary collection shows how manufacturers can move from a one-way take-make-waste economy that is burying the world in waste to a circular, make-use-recycle economy.

Steered by Tom Szaky, recycling pioneer, eco-capitalist, and founder and CEO of TerraCycle, each chapter is coauthored by an expert in his or her field. From the distinct perspectives of government leaders, consumer packaged goods companies, waste management firms, and more, the book explores current issues of production and consumption, practical steps for improving packaging and reducing waste today, and big ideas and concepts that can be carried forward.

Intended to help every business from a small start-up to a large established consumer product company, this book serves as a source of knowledge and inspiration. The message from these pioneers is not to scale back but to innovate upward. They offer nothing less than a guide to designing ourselves out of waste and into abundance.

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Only 35 percent of the 240 million metric tons of waste generated in the United States alone gets recycled, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. This extraordinary collection shows how manufacturers can move from a one-way take-make-waste economy that is burying the world in waste to a circular, make-use-recycle economy.

Steered by Tom Szaky, recycling pioneer, eco-capitalist, and founder and CEO of TerraCycle, each chapter is coauthored by an expert in his or her field. From the distinct perspectives of government leaders, consumer packaged goods companies, waste management firms, and more, the book explores current issues of production and consumption, practical steps for improving packaging and reducing waste today, and big ideas and concepts that can be carried forward.

Intended to help every business from a small start-up to a large established consumer product company, this book serves as a source of knowledge and inspiration. The message from these pioneers is not to scale back but to innovate upward. They offer nothing less than a guide to designing ourselves out of waste and into abundance.

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Tom Szaky was born in Budapest in the early 1980s during a time of communism and economic hardship. After the nuclear power reactor in Chernobyl, Ukraine, exploded in 1986, Tom’s family was able to escape Hungary and move to Germany, then Holland, and finally settle in Canada.

The economic contrast of communist Hungary to that of North American capitalism brought about the realization of the vast value that we improperly discard in our country’s waste system. During the early 1990s on their many scavenging trips through dumpers, Tom and his dad found working color televisions (something which they never had access to in Budapest), stereos, couches, entire vinyl record collections, and other valuable goods.

It was this fascination with discarded value in combination with Tom’s love of entrepreneurship that led him to found TerraCycle (www.terracycle.com) during his freshman year at Princeton University.

Tom has personally won more than 100 awards for entrepreneurship; he blogs for the New York Times, Treehugger, the Huffington Post, and a number of other major websites; and in 2007 he published his first book, Revolution in a Bottle. Tom is also the star of the National Geographic Channel TV show Garbage Moguls.

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