Changing the World with TerraCycle’s CEO & Founder, Tom Szaky
Tom is on a mission of changing the world and making it a better place. Our latest Awakened Leaders Vlog is with TerraCycle‘s CEO & Founder, Tom Szaky. In this interview, Tom tells Catherine what inspired him to start TerraCycle and what has been his biggest career learning.
This is part 1 of 5 of our interview series with Tom. Over the next 4 weeks, we will post the remaining 4 interviews.
What is TerraCycle?
TerraCycle is an eco-friendly recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling typically non-recyclable waste.
Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable” is their mission. Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. TerraCycle partners with individual collectors, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses across 20 different countries. With your help, TerraCycle is able to divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators each month.
About Tom Szaky
Tom Szaky is the CEO and founder of TerraCycle, a company that makes consumer products from waste. Tom immigrated to Canada at the age of four from his home in Hungary, after the Chernobyl disaster with his parents, who are medical doctors. He grew up in Toronto and attended Princeton University before leaving to focus on TerraCycle and his mission towards Eliminating the Idea of Waste®.
Early on in his career, Tom started three small ‘dot.com‘ companies. These were Werehome.com, piority.com, and studentmarks.com. In 2006, Tom was named the “#1 CEO under thirty” by Inc. magazine in its July 2006 issue for his work in TerraCycle.
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