PSFK visits TerraCycle’s Green Up Shop, the worlds largest green pop-up store to date.
Opening last week in NYC, TerraCycle has created a pop-up retail space filled with products made from reclaimed waste materials. It is the worlds largest green pop-up store to date. The store sells NJ-based TerraCycle’s full line of over 100 products made from recycled and reclaimed materials such as chip bags, food wrappers, yogurt cups, glue bottles and writing instruments. The store also sells their plant and garden supplies including plant food made from worm poop. All the fixtures in the store are made from found items like old doors, fire extinguishers, and salvaged seating.
Besides selling products TerraCycle will use the space to collect different non-recyclable waste streams, turning the store into the world’s largest ‘Upcycling Center.’ Consumers who drop off waste materials will be entitled to a discount on the products they purchase.
TerraCycle has also invited local NY eco designers and craftspeople to offer their products for sale at the store. Included are Restore Clothing, a label makes a full range of eco-friendly clothes that feature organic and recycled materials and socially responsible manufacturing. Garbage of Eden creates one-of-a kind jewelry from tightly wound plastic bags. And designer Abby Valentine creates hand crafted products from remnant fabrics to replace throw-away items like coffee sleeves.
The shop is open for the month of April and has a calender of events planned. There are weekly lunchtime fitness workouts, craft days, and TV show premiers. On April 29th TerraCycle founder and CEO Tom Szaky will give a presentation on eco-capitalism and how Terracycle created a business based on waste materials.
TerraCycle: Green Up Shop
641 8th Ave. at 41st Street, NYC
Open thru May 1st 2010