Here at U.S. 1 we are used to companies that we have profiled in the past showing up in the news again. Companies pass into and out of our view for all sorts of reasons.
But our radar has never collected a more eclectic image of a company than this week’s multiple sightings of TerraCycle, the Trenton-based environmental firm that was originally written up in U.S. 1 as a cover story on November 10, 2004, when it unveiled an organic fertilizer that was essentially made out of worm poop.
The company has continued to thrive, and this week we see that Tom Szaky, the young man who dropped out of Princeton to found the company, has thrived personally as well. He turns up in Elaine Strauss’s preview of Soyeon Lee, the concert pianist who is soloing with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, April 26, at Richardson Auditorium. Szaky, it turns out, is married to Lee, and is also the force behind the creation of one of her gowns, made of — you couldn’t have guessed this and we couldn’t have made it up — 6,000 recycled grape juice containers collected by schoolchildren (see story, page 35).
But that’s not the end of Szaky’s media involvement. This Wednesday, April 22 — Earth Day, of course — TerraCycle will be featured on the National Geographic Channel documentary “Garbage Moguls.” The National Geographic people are said to be considering the company as the subject of an ongoing series. And this month Szaky also published his new book, “Revolution in a Bottle.” Szaky’s tale of trying to create a profitable business that will thrive while also benefitting society sounds not unlike this week’s cover subject, the CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farms Yogurt (see page 10).
We look forward to hearing more from our friends at TerraCycle.
To the Editor:
I wanted to thank Susan Van Dongen and U.S. 1 for an excellent collection of articles about downsizing and job hunting (April 15). I met Mary Anne Kennedy at St. Paul’s Networking Group when I accompanied a friend of mine serving as a guest speaker one Saturday a year or two ago. While I’m hoping to keep my job of 13 years (so far) for another couple of years at least, I have no illusions about permanence of employment. I understand the shifting whims of corporate staffing and know that I serve at the pleasure of my employer. I love my job and the company that employs me, but I take it a day at a time.
I know that Ms. Kennedy has helped many, many people in our area move on to that next opportunity, and I wish her the very best of luck creating hers. I applaud her courage in starting her own business and hope it grows into a thriving organization with her leadership. Someone with her positive energy and sense of humor can’t help but succeed in whatever she does.