We live in a world of packaging. Unless you buy every single food item in bulk, never buy pre-made snacks or meals, and never grab a snack on a whim at a nearby bodega, there’s a very good chance you have a decent amount of packaging in your house. While some things, like cardboard cereal boxes, Tetrapacks, and glass bottles, are a bit easier to sort, there are other items like chip bags, juice pouches, and bar wrappers that don’t seem to belong in any particular recycling bin.

With this problem in mind, TerraCycle was born. This innovative recycling program allows consumers to send in material they can’t recycle on their own and allow TerraCycle to take care of it. While TerraCycle has programs that require consumers to purchase special boxes where they can send waste in, the company also partners with different brands and companies to offer free recycling programs. Pretty much what this entails is TerraCycle sending a packing box or envelope to your home, you filling it up with the waste from a particular brand, sending it back for free, and subsequently feeling good about helping bring down the amount of trash that ends up in landfills. Then TerraCycle finds better uses for the material. Pretty good deal for all! Want to participate? Check out these 12 brands that have partnered with TerraCycle to get started. Happy recycling!

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  1. Garden of Eatin’ Chips

    Next time you’re online and shopping for snacks to buy in bulk, consider checking out Garden of Eatin’ Blue Chips. This gluten-free and non-GMO product is made with organic blue corn, expeller pressed canola oil and/or safflower oil and/or sunflower oil, and sea salt. Reviewers are saying that these chips are tasty, thicker than your typical tortilla chip (a.k.a perfect for dipping), and are not overly salty. These chips are part of the Hain Celestial Group, a brand that participates in Terracycle, so you can recycle the bags! This particular posting is for a 22-ounce bag for about $4.50, but just so you know, Terracycle also accepts Garden of Eatin’ individual snack bags, and the bulk multipack bags.


  2. Capri Sun Variety Pack

    Most of us grew up drinking our juices out of aluminum pouches, and more often than not, those pouches were Capri Sun. If you want to relive some nostalgia (or stock up on some yummy juice for your kids) consider checking out this Capri Sun Variety Pack. This bulk pack is for their new formula which has 25 percent less sugar than the original and includes four different flavors: Strawberry Kiwi, Wild Cherry, Pacific Cooler, and Fruit Punch. This juice is made from concentrate and natural flavors and does not contain any artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Reviewers are reporting that this juice is on the healthy side (especially since they lowered the amount of sugar), convenient, and very tasty. Capri Sun has partnered with Terracycle, so you can recycle these aluminum pouches as well as ones that come with spouts. You can get this pack of 40 six-ounce pouches for about $22.


  3. Clif Bar: Chocolate Chip

    Considering protein and energy bars are typically eaten on-the-go, it’s no surprise that most people find it easier to simply throw out the wrapper while they’re out. However, if you buy Clif Bars, that may not have to be the case. Clif Bar: Chocolate Chip is made primarily from organic brown rice syrup, soy rice crisps, organic rolled oats, and vegan chocolate chips. They also contain 23 vitamins and minerals. Reviewers are saying that these bars are very tasty and filling, although admittedly high in sugar. Clif Bar has partnered with TerraCycle so, if you decide to buy this product, make sure you save the wrapper when you’re out so that when you get home, you can send it back for recycling! While reviewers point out that you may be able to find these bars cheaper at places like Target or Walmart, if you don’t live near one of these establishments, it may be worth the money. You can get one six-count package for about $6.


  4. Ella's Kitchen Organic Fruit Smoothies: The Red One

    Ella’s Kitchen Organic Fruit Smoothies: The Red One is a blended puree of fruits that comes in a portable squeeze pouch. Specifically, The Red One includes organic bananas, organic strawberries, organic apples, organic raspberries, and less than 1 percent of organic lemon juice concentrate. This product is non-GMO and comes in BPA-free packaging. Reviewers are saying that this blended fruit puree is tasty and healthy, very convenient, and although it is marketed specifically as a children’s food, several reviewers point out that this is a wholesome snack for people of all ages. Ella’s Kitchen has partnered with TerraCycle so that these pouches and caps can be reused and not end up in a landfill. To try these out and participate, you can get a pack of six, three-ounce pouches for $7. Just remember, if you wash out the pouches, they must be dry when shipped to TerraCycle.


  5. Bear Naked Granola: Triple Berry Fit

    There are so many granolas on the market nowadays, it can feel close to impossible to choose one. Next time you’re online shopping, though, you may want to consider Bear Naked Granola: Triple Berry Fit. This vegan and honey-free granola is made with whole grain oats, brown rice, syrup, whole grain crisp rice, oat bran, dried cane syrup, ground flax seeds, freeze dried raspberries, freeze dried strawberries, freeze dried blueberries, natural flavors, and monk fruit extract. Reviewers are saying that this granola is a delicious and healthier alternative to many of the sugary granolas available today, that the fruit in it is very fresh-tasting, and that it makes a very filling breakfast. Bear Naked has partnered with TerraCycle to recycle their pouches of granola, as well as their granola bites. You can get one 12-ounce bag for about $3.50.


  6. Sensible Portions Veggie Straws

    Sensible Portions Veggie Straws are a gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and non-GMO snack made primarily from potato starch, potato flour, corn starch, tomato paste, spinach powder, beet powder, turmeric, and salt. Reviewers are reporting that they are the perfect snack for people with several food allergies, they are much healthier than the typical potato chip, and are deliciously addicting. Sensible Portions collaborates with TerraCycle so you can recycle these bags. You can get six one-ounce bags for about $4.


  7. GU Energy Labs: Sports Nutrition Energy Gels

    If you’re an avid runner, you may just want to consider investing in some GU Energy Labs: Sports Nutrition Energy Gels. According to GU, this product was designed to “promote higher, ongoing glucose levels” and contains a complex-to-simple carb ratio meant to help athletes “perform their best.” Specifically, each one of these gels is 85 percent carbohydrates and 15 percent simple sugars. Each 100-calorie pouch also has 20 milligrams of caffeine and 100 percent of the daily allowance of vitamin C and E. Reviewers are saying that this product is excellent for pre or post workout consumption, is a bit on the sweet side but can be adequately diluted with water, and is energizing (thanks to the caffeine). This variety pack includes the following flavors: Chocolate Outrage, Salted Caramel, Vanilla Bean, Jet Blackberry, Tri-berry, and Strawberry Banana. GU Energy Labs has partnered with TerraCycle to recycle the pouches, drink mixes, and gel chews. You can ship them in or check on the TerraCycle website for possible drop off locations in your neighborhood. You can get this 24 pack of pouches for about $25.


  8. Terra Sweet Potato and Beets Chips

    Terra Sweets and Beets is a no-salt-added chip product made from a blend of sweet potatoes and beets, expeller pressed canola and/or safflower oil and/or sunflower oil. Reviewers are saying that these chips are very tasty, have a unique color and flavor, are definitely healthier than your run-of-the-mill chip, and go great with a sandwich since they have no salt added. Terra is also part of the Hain Celestial Group so after you’re done with these chips, you can recycle them! You can a get a pack of 12 six-ounce bags for $30.


  9. LARABAR Cashew Cookie Bar

    There are tons of snack bars on the market nowadays. Unfortunately, many of them are only masquerading as healthy and are actually laden with sugar, additives, and preservatives. If you’re the kind of person who likes their snack bar to be simple but nutritious, check out LARABAR Cashew Cookie Bar. This bar is made from just two ingredients: cashews and dates. Each bar provides 23 healthy and energizing carbohydrates, six grams of protein, three grams of fiber, and 340 milligrams of potassium. Reviewers are reporting that this bar is “just sweet enough,” perfect for curbing cravings, and wholesome. LARABAR is a participant in TerraCycle and accepts any foil-lined energy wrapper for recycling. You can get 16 1.7-ounce bars for $16.


  10. Luna Bar Lemon Zest Bars

    Luna Bar Lemon Zest Bars provide a refreshing option in a sea of chocolate covered energy bars. These gluten-free and non-GMO bars are made primarily from soy rice crisps, organic toasted oats, organic dried cane syrup, and organic roasted soybeans. Each bar provides nine grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that these bars are nutritious, more sweet than sour (lemon-wise), and “doesn’t taste like it’s gluten-free.” Luna Bar is actually a product under the Clif Bar brand, which participates in TerraCycle, so you can also recycle these wrappers. You can get 15 bars for about $14.75.


  11. Late July Tortilla Chips

    For a tortilla chip that is a little more wholesome than most, consider checking out Late July Chia and Quinoa Tortilla Chips.While most tortilla chips are made with solely GMO corn, these are a healthier alternative. These non-GMO and gluten-free chips are made from organic whole ground corn, organic expeller pressed sunflower oil and/or organic expeller pressed safflower oil, organic chia seeds, organic quinoa, and sea salt. Reviewers are reporting that these chips are great quality, fresh-tasting, and definitely healthier than some of the other salt-encrusted tortilla chips on the market. Late July Snacks has partnered with TerraCycle to recycle any of their snacks, so while this particular posting is for their tortilla chips, you can also send in other products from their line. You can get a pack of nine bags for a little more than $35. 


  12. GoGo Squeez Fruit and Veggie Pouches

    GoGo Squeez Fruit and Veggie Pouches are the #1 best seller in Amazon’s fruit snack cup and pouch section. This product is exactly what it sounds like a puree of blended fruits and veggies in a convenient to-go pouch. This particular posting is for a two-flavor pack which includes eight Boulder Berry and Pedal Pedal Peach. Each flavor contains organic apple and then depending on the flavor, either contains peach and sweet potato or raspberry, blackberry, and strawberry. These fruity snacks are also gluten-free. Reviewers are saying that these snacks are wholesome, filling, and tasty, although some have said that they wish that they were a bit larger.

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