TerraCycle Inspires with Their Upcycled Offices

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Our friends at TerraCycle are on a mission to reduce waste on our planet through upcycling and recycling pre- and post-consumer waste. From their site: “TerraCycle currently engages more than 20 million people at 90,000 locations in over 20 countries, to collect non-recyclable waste. TerraCycle then turns the collected waste into a wide variety of products and materials. Collection locations include schools, offices, community groups and a wide variety of other organizations as well as homes.”

A few months ago, MAKE community member and TerraCycle’s “Chief Design Junkie” Tiffany Threadgould visited us at MAKE headquarters and loved how much fun our atmosphere is (toys everywhere!). She then told us about how each of TerraCycle’s seven international offices were designed using only upcycled or reused materials. Way to walk the walk, TerraCycle! Inspirational ideas abound as we take a virtual tour of their offices and look at what types of materials are used to replace the usual office wares.

US Office

We’ll start with TerraCycle headquarters, based in Trenton, N.J. At the top of this post is the TerraCycle logo, made completely from drink pouches, which greets visitors upon entry. Above, we see the lobby, carpeted in reclaimed astroturf, with walls made of salvaged wood and room dividers made of soda bottles. Check out more shots below.

Canada Office


Everyone who walks into TerraCycle’s Canadian office in Toronto is greeted by an upcycled TerraCycle logo made of maple leaf-shaped candy wrappers.

Germany Office

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TerraCycle’s Germany office is located in Rheinstraße, and features many of TerraCycle’s signature furnishings, like these soda bottle curtains.

Mexico Office

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Located in Monterrey, the Mexico office entryway has one of the most original recycled tire couches we’ve seen, in addition to a unique upcycled display case.

UK Office

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Located in London, the UK office has a flavor all its own. Check out the gorgeous spoon art above.

Argentina Office


The Argentina office, located in Buenos Aires, has a heavy emphasis on local artwork adorning the walls. Note the shelves full of upcycled products, zipper bags made of drink pouches.


Brazil Office

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TerraCycle’s Brazil office in São Paulo showcases many of the upcycled products they produce, like bags and clothes. They also show that palettes and crates can be used to create almost anything.

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