In March of 2008, WIRED magazine ran a scathing article about ZAP motor company. The article detailed numerous shady management moves and undelivered promises made by the company. For example, ZAP promised to become a dealer of Smart cars and Obvio gasoline/ethanol flex-fuel vehicles, but failed on both fronts. It’s certainly a fair criticism to say that ZAP has a history of making grandiose promises and failing to live up to them.
On the other hand, the company has a pretty impressive list of products currently available.
Tucked away in the Lower Haight neighborhood of San Francisco, among residential flats and independent coffee shops, you can find the office of Village Green Energy, a renewable energy certificate provider that’s been up and running since November 2007. In the office, the two young founders who graduated from Stanford in 2004, Robby Bearman and Mike Jackson, are revolutionizing the cross-section of social networking and environmental responsibility. Not only have they taken renewable energy to a new level, they’re bringing some great wineries with them.
Less than two weeks ago, on August 6th, Green My Vino launched into the realm of Facebook applications. While certainly not the first app with a green slant, Green My Vino is one of the most remarkable.
(originally posted at Hudder.com)
Huddler users asked Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle, all your trashy questions (ha ha) over the past few weeks, and Tom answered.
In a nutshell, TerraCycle takes what others call trash, upcycles those materials, and turn them into brand-spanking new products. Who thought you could make a hot little tote bag from KoolAid containers or a sweet homework folder from Capri Sun juice packs?
And just a little fun fact to brighten your day, Tom was named “The #1 CEO Under Thirty” by Inc. magazine in 2006. Eat your heart out, Mark Zuckerberg.
We’re lucky enough to have Tom sticking around for a few days – so if you’ve got any follow-up questions, don’t be shy! Jump in!
Q: Hi Tom, thanks for taking questions. You’ve got a pretty big range of products I see (everything from rain barrels, to tote bags, to cleaning products). How did you get there from just starting with your original plant food product? (by Eli)