PopSockets Recycling Program Launched with TerraCycle
We LOVE PopSockets so a PopSockets recycling program is exciting news!! I’m always up for sharing ways to not only save, but reuse and recycle so I love to hear that brands like PopSockets are doing their part to create a positive impact by taking responsibility for our products at every stage of their lifecycle.
David Barnett, PopSockets Founder and CEO. “Leveraging Terracycle’s expertise, we’re aiming to recycle even more products than we create. We invite customers to recycle PopSockets merchandise and all cell phone cases through our PopSockets Recycling Program.”
How cool is that, right? I’ve said this many times, and I’ll say it again: It’s not always about saving money. It’s also about choosing the brands and products that not only last and stand up to the test of time – ahem: I’ve had the SAME PopSocket for over TWO years now and it’s still in great condition! – and it’s also about choosing brands that go the extra mile to do good. I’m all about sharing the brands that I love and WHY they earn that status.
PopSockets, maker of expandable phone grips, has partnered with recycling leader TerraCycle to create a FREE recycling program for PopSockets products and packaging, as well as ANY brand of cellular phone case.
PopSockets was founded in 2010 by former philosophy professor David Barnett. Barnett was looking for a way to prevent his earbud cord from getting tangled, and he glued two buttons to the back of his phone and wrapped them around the buttons. In 2014, PopSockets was launched out of his garage in Boulder, Colorado and today has offices in Boulder, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Helsinki. Over 150 million PopSockets grips have been sold around the world. PopSockets exists to change the world for the better with innovative, magical products and community empowered activism. Products include the PopGrip®, PopWallet®, PopMount® and an entire swappable ecosystem of products, all designed to increase the functionality of devices we use daily. In the fall of 2018, PopSockets premiered the Poptivism program—a charitable give-back platform – the democratization of creation and giving where PopSockets donates 50% of the sale price to the 501(c)(3) of choice. The brand has donated over 3 million dollars in money and product to various nonprofits since the launch of Poptivism.
TerraCycle is an innovative waste management company with a mission to eliminate the idea of waste. Operating nationally across 21 countries, TerraCycle partners with leading consumer product companies, retailers and cities to recycle products and packages, from dirty diapers to cigarette butts, that would otherwise end up being landfilled or incinerated. In addition, TerraCycle works with leading consumer product companies to integrate hard to recycle waste streams, such as ocean plastic, into their products and packaging. Its new division, Loop, is the first shopping system that gives consumers a way to shop for their favorite brands in durable, reusable packaging. TerraCycle has won over 200 awards for sustainability and has donated over $44 million to schools and charities since its founding more than 15 years ago and was named #10 in Fortune magazine’s list of 52 companies Changing the World. To learn more about TerraCycle or get involved in its recycling programs, please visit the Terracycle website.
Can You Recycle PopSockets?
Have you ever wondered if you can recycle PopSockets? We have and I’m thrilled to learn and share that the answer is YES. Not only that, but with this new program you can also recycle phone cases from not only PopSockets but other brands as well!
How the PopSocket Recycling Program Works
To begin the process, head to the TerraCycle website and create an account.
You’ll then be able to print a shipping label and follow the instructions to mail in the accepted waste using a prepaid shipping label.
What Products Can Be Recycled
Through the PopSockets Recycling Program, consumers can now send in the following products and packaging to be recycled for free:
● PopGrip® Slide
● PopWallet® & PopWallet+
● PopSockets® PopMounts®
● PopSockets® packaging
● Otter + Pop Phone Cases
● PopGrip® Lips, PopGrip® Mirror & PopGrip® AirPods Holder
● Any brand of cellular phone case
Once collected, the waste is broken down, separated by material and the plastics are cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products.
Participation in the program is easy: simply sign up on the TerraCycle program page and mail in the accepted waste using a prepaid shipping label.
Earn TerraCycle Points
TerraCycle points can be redeemed for a variety of charitable gifts or you can select to have a payment of $0.01 per point sent to the non-profit organization or school of your choice.
Shipments in this program can be any size to earn points, and 100 points per pound will be awarded.
Visit the website to learn more about the TerraCycle points program.
How TerraCycle Recycles PopSockets and Other Plastics
If you haven’t before heard of TerraCycle, I really encourage you to read more about them.
They use only circular methods for repurposing the waste they collect. This means that they very intentionally reuse, reduce (upcycle) or recycle products that collect and TerraCycle promises to never landfill or incinerate the waste they received. Basically, they are tackling a huge problem in our country and God bless them for that, am I right?
We always try to recyle and reuse and upcycle when we can – but seeing brands step up to help consumers with the process is amazing!
Once collected, the waste is broken down and separated by material. Plastics are cleaned and pelletized, and metals are melted down. It’s a pretty neat process and I encourage you to read more about the TerraCycle recycling process!
Other TerraCycle Recycling Programs
Talk about problem solving!! Did you know that TerraCycle partners with so many other brands to provide recycling options and solutions?
Make sure to check out the FREE Recycling Programs that TerraCycle offers, so many great brands including Colgate, Backpacker’s Pantry, Barilla Ready Pasta, Bauch and Lomb ONE by ONE, Burt’s Bees Recycle on Us, the Calbee Recycling Program and more!
These are the types of products and brands that deserve special shout outs and attention, in my opinion.
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