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TerraCycle, the beginning or the end?

Nicolas Di Stefano

Posted on December 18 2020

TerraCycle, the beginning or the end?

Let me begin by outlining what TerraCycle is and how it works. “TerraCycle® is a social enterprise on a mission to eliminate the idea of waste.”

TerraCycle offers free recycling programs funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle waste. By collecting in your home, school, office or workplace it becomes easy to stay sustainable and send your waste to designated addresses via shipping labels.

It is undeniable the effect of humanity on the natural environment. Lensed in the thousands of endangered/extinct species, entire islands worth of plastic waste accumulating in the pacific ocean, early onset death from pollution in the millions per annum and quite recently the discovery that our effects on these habitats and ecosystems has made it much easier for chimeric viruses to become global pandemic threats.

I will admit, that even I could be a more responsible global citizen. But how do I as a single human amongst billions of other individuals make any difference at all? The answer is not simple, but with the hope that developed nations who consume anywhere from twice to fives times as much plastic and carbon as our un-developed counterparts, can lead the charge and shift away from these packaging methods effectively altering the supply-and-demand curve in these developing nations. 

It is the carelessness of the developed world that creates the demand for unsustainable manufacturing methods, the pursuit of gross margin has an ultimate sacrifice including but not limited to; the environment, our lungs, our children, earths species and quality of life.

With all the above now out in the open, context provided I can safely say that any program attempting to correct the negligence of corporations en masse has the support of Di Stefano Coffee. We would love all of our cherished customers to utilise the TerraCycle Program so that we can all enjoy a brighter future. I hope that TerraCycle is the beginning of something great, a paradigm shift, a new way of life. 

Read below for instructions on how to use this service. 

  1. Shop online with Di Stefano Coffee
  2. Consume your coffee
  3. Join the Program for either the coffee bags or coffee capsules program by clicking the links. Once you've received your confirmation email, you're ready to start collecting your empty packaging!
  4. Collect your empties - when you have a good amount of coffee pods and/or bags, place them in your original box.
  5. Download your label and Stick your shipping label on the box
  6. Drop off at Australia Post for free!
  7. Enjoy the moral high!


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