Saturday, March 27, 2010
If you are in and about NYC and organic and green minded this should interest you!
TERRACYCLE, INC. AND FRIENDS PARTNER TO TURN PABT CLEAN SL8 SPACE INTO WORLD’S LARGEST ‘GREEN’ POP-UP SHOP
Eco-Friendly Design, Products Made From Waste Headline the Port Authority Bus Terminal’s Earth Month Pop Up Shop!
NEW YORK, NY, March 15, 2010 – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, in conjunction with the Times Square Alliance and the Fashion Center Business Improvement District, has reinvented the corner of 8th Avenue and 41st Street at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. What was once an empty retail space is now an exhibition area and boutique shop for some of New York’s finest design and fashion. In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, the space is being transformed into what could be one of largest, most eclectic collections of sustainable, responsible products and companies.
“We are thrilled to have a fantastic company like TerraCycle anchor this pop-up Store in Blank SL8 to celebrate Earth Day,” said Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins. “Since its inauguration in 2008, Blank SL8 has introduced creative products to shoppers along 8th Avenue and to commuters at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and has become a destination for people interested in the forefront of design and fashion. Now, they will find the best in innovative, sustainable products under one roof.”
“Since its inception, Blank Sl8 has played a vital role in the transformation of 8th Avenue into a destination for innovative art, design, fashion and retail,” said Barbara Randall, president of the Fashion Center BID. “I can think of no more appropriate anchor to Blank Sl8 during Earth Month than TerraCycle, a company built on innovation and sustainability. TerraCycle will be a spectacular addition to 8th Avenue.”
“This facility is no longer a place where people come just to catch a bus. It is at thriving destination where people can buy fresh produce, dine at a nice restaurant or visit a unique store. The pop up shop once again reinvented, this time as an eco friendly store, highlights the diverse interests in the world’s busiest bus facility,” said Chris Ward, Executive Director of the Port Authority of NY & NJ.
The TerraCycle ‘Green Up’ Shop will officially launch March 27th and will run through early May. The shop will feature TerraCycle’s full line of over 100 products literally made from common waste materials such as chip bags, food wrappers, yogurt cups, glue bottles and writing instruments.
In addition to selling its affordable, fun products made from waste, TerraCycle will use the space to collect over 30 different non-recyclable waste streams, turning the store into the world’s largest ‘Upcycling Center.’ Consumers who drop off waste will be entitled to a discount on the products they purchase! TerraCycle is also proud to work with a unique line up of NYC-area designers all as socially and environmentally responsible as the rest.
Included in this survey of green design and products:
RESTORE™CLOTHING a mid-town based clothing company that makes a full range of eco-friendly clothes that feature organic and recycled materials and socially responsible manufacturing. RESTORE™CLOTHING is partnering closely with TerraCycle to help organize the green design themed pop-up shop and will find sponsorship and co-host the many events planned for the space in the month of April including some with our friends at SAVE THE GARMENT CENTER.
Brooklyn-based RePlayGround creates eco-gifts and DIY products that enable consumers to use household waste to make, eco-friendly products lamps and trivets! RePlayGround and TerraCycle are partnering to sponsor a free DIY table at the store that will allow children to make a fun, free item from drink pouches or other food wrappers. Stop by weekly to collect the various products you make yourself!
TerraCycle Green Up Shop
The store will also featured one-of-a-kind, hand made jewelry from Garbage of Eden, a design company that collects used plastics in the NYC-area and turns it into unique jewelry and accessories.
Coffee sleeves, drink cozies and key holders are among the Abby Valentine products made from scrap materials that will help you replace common, disposable products we often throw away.
Running FREE lunchtime yoga sessions and offering their beautiful handmade Yoga Mat Bags is Earth Spirit Yoga Bags. Their bags are made from upcycled fabric scraps discarded in furniture manufacturing.
To keep with the fitness theme, the Green Up Shop will also offer a full range of fitness and yoga products from Natural Fitness.
Finally, some of the larger items to be offered at the Green Up Shop will be EcoSystem’s furniture, shelving and other products and services which can be ordered at the store and delivered straight to your home!
In addition to this collection of sustainable products and services 1% of sales from Green Up will be donated to RIVERKEEPER the leading “clean water advocate for New York”. Riverkeeper is an approved 1% for the Planet Non-Profit recipient. Earth Day NY, which host the city’s Earth Day Celebrations will also partner in the festivities.
In addition to showcasing a wide range of the green products, services and companies that New York has to offer, the space will be activate every week with unique, one-off events to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day.
These events will include appearances and book signings from TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky, eco-friendly design-guru David Stark and The Lazy Environmentalist, Josh Dorfman; documentary airings featuring the National Geographic series Garbage Moguls, which profiles TerraCycle; and documentaries from the Cousteau Family explorations and conservation work. A Riverkeeper Educational Seminar will be included in the curriculum. A complete calendar can be viewed at www.terracycle.net/greenupshop.
In 2001, Tom Szaky, a Princeton University Freshman, founded TerraCycle in hopes of building an eco-capitalist company built on waste. After winning countless business plan contests, Tom dropped out of Princeton to pursue his dream of founding the world’s most environmentally friendly company. Seven years later, TerraCycle’s eco-friendly products have received a myriad of social and environmental accolades and are sold at major retailers like The Home Depot, Target, Wal*Mart and Whole Foods Markets. TerraCycle’s business plan and products made from waste received a Zerofootprint Seal of Approval, won The Home Depot’s Environmental Stewardship Award twice and recently won the 2007 Social Venture Network Innovation Award. Please visit us at www.terracycle.net to learn more.
THE TIMES SQUARE ALLIANCE (www.TimesSquareNYC.org), founded in 1992, works to improve and promote Times Square. In addition to providing safety and sanitation services, the Alliance coordinates many major events in Times Square including New Year’s Eve, manages the City’s busiest Tourism Center and advocates on behalf of its constituents with respect to a host of public policy, planning and quality-of-life issues.
The Fashion Center Business Improvement District (www.fashioncenter.com), a not-for-profit corporation, was established in 1993 to improve the quality of life and economic vitality of Manhattan’s Fashion District. Through programs in the areas of streetscape improvements, sanitation and public safety services, marketing and promotions, economic development, and community service, efforts are aimed at promoting the district as a strategic midtown business location and ensuring New York's position as the fashion capital of the world.