This year, bringing green into the fall and winter is easy. While packing lunches as kids head back to school, options for staying eco-friendly and keeping lunch tasty are at your fingertips.

TerraCycle, a pioneering recycling and upcycling company, offers eco-friendly, upcycled and recycled lunchboxes as well as a way to earn money by collecting non-recyclable food packaging such as cookies, chips, and juice pouches.

Once they're done, students can make their own environmental efforts by joining a Brigade, collecting their wrappers and sending them in to TerraCycle to earn money for their school. In addition to the lunchboxes mentioned above, TerraCycle turns the wrappers into eco-friendly backpacks, pencils and notebooks for students to enjoy. 

TerraCycle has teamed up with Nabisco, Kraft Cheese, Frito-Lay, and, more recently, GoGo squeeZ, to recycle and upcycle packaging from lunch boxes, including Capri Sun juice pouches and Lunchables. Students can send in their used wrappers for free, and for every piece of packaging TerraCycle receives, the Brigade will be awarded two points, which can be put toward buying a specific charity gift, or converted to money and used for a charity or the school.

Schools and community groups can continue collecting and sending in non-recyclables year-round - not just as kids are heading back to the classroom. Signing up and turning trash into cash for free is easy at

Participating schools include: Paseo Hills Elementary, Redwood Academy, Sky View Elementary, Peace Lutheran Preschool and West Wing Elementary in Peoria and Desert Valley Elementary, Glendale Christian Academy, Arrowhead Elementary, Park Meadows Elementary, Las Brisas Elementary and Desert Heights Charter School in Glendale.

In addition, TerraCycle offers lunch boxes made from the wrappers that students have collected previously, showing students the recycling and upcycling processes in action. Olivet's expandable cooler, sold at Walmart, has a removable hardliner that is made from recycled chip bags, while the Capri Sun lunchboxes are crafted from the juice pouches themselves.

Any school or community organization can visit to sign up for a Brigade and start sending trash in for free.

To learn more about TerraCycle's Brigades, green products, and how to turn trash into cash, visit





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