Bard MBA in Sustainability presents

The Impact Report: Eliminating the Idea of Waste by Recycling Everything

Tom Szaky, CEO + Founder, TerraCycle

Friday, February 16, 2018

Tom Szaky is the Founder and CEO of TerraCycle, Inc., one of the world’s leaders in eco-capitalism and the reuse of non-recyclable, pre and post-consumer waste. Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1982, Tom and his family emigrated as political refugees to the Netherlands and eventually to Toronto. At age 14 he started his first business, a Web design company, which earned Tom a five-figure income and a number of Canadian national design awards.

In 2017, TerraCycle, Procter & Gamble and SUEZ announced production of the world’s first recyclable shampoo bottle made from plastic collected from beaches and waterways. Dish soap bottles made with beach plastic will go on shelves in the UK in mid-2018. Also in 2017, TerraCycle acquired Air Cycle Corporation, giving TerraCycle its first foray into waste disposal mandated by federal regulations.

Tom’s first book, “Revolution in a Bottle,” was released in 2009, with a second edition in 2013. His second book, “Outsmart Waste” came out in 2014 and a third, “Make Garbage Great” in July 2015. A fourth, “The Future of Packaging,” is expected in Fall 2018. Tom created, produced and starred in TerraCycle’s reality show, “Human Resources” which aired on Pivot from 2014-2016.

Tom and TerraCycle have received numerous social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations. Most recently, Tom was named a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year and a Forbes Magazine Future 30 in 2013. In 2016, Fortune magazine listed TerraCycle as one of “7 World-Changing Companies to Watch.” In 2017, TerraCycle was a winner of the United Nations Momentum for Change award and recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its programs.

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The Impact Report is the first podcast of its kind bringing together students in Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Program with leaders in business, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Twice monthly, these conversations go live via iTunes and Spotify. Past TIR featured guests have included top sustainability leaders from Unilever, HSBC, GM, Campbell’s Soup, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Energy and many more.

The Bard MBA in Sustainability is one of a select few graduate programs globally that fully integrates sustainability into a core business curriculum. In the Bard MBA every class is organized around one critical question: How can we build or transform our businesses so that they are in business to solve the pressing social and environmental problems of our time? Graduates of the Bard MBA are transforming existing companies, starting their own, and pioneering a new paradigm of doing business that meets human needs, protects and restores the Earth's systems, and treats all stakeholders with justice and respect. To learn more, visit
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