Guest Blogger

Albe Zakes

Albe Zakes

Albe Zakes is the 24 year old Vice President of Media Relations at TerraCycle, Inc., the world’s leading ‘upcycling’ company, which turns waste materials into eco-friendly, affordable products available at big box retailers nationwide. Albe came to TerraCycle shortly after graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder. There he completed a double major in English Literature and Psychology. In addition to his studies, Albe ran several grassroots groups and worked as a student volunteer supervisor for CoPIRG (Colorado Public Interest Research Group.) With PIRG he helped to run the Environment Alert initiative for two years, hosting on-campus awareness events and running letter writing, petitioning and fundraising campaigns. Other student groups Albe ran included the Colorado chapter of Hip Hop Congress a grassroots movement that spreads political and social awareness and activism through music and poetry.

Albe started at TerraCycle as an intern in the PR department, after being told he did not have enough experience for a full time position! After spending two months as an intern he was offered a full time position and never looked back. In the last three years, Albe has worked his way to the top of the PR department. With little PR experience he help TerraCycle battle Scotts Miracle-Gro, running the “Sued by Scotts” Campaign in 2007.  Under Albe’s management the PR department has secured almost 2000 media placements in the last 3 years, including almost 800 placements in 2009 which have generated over 700 million impressions. His crowning moment came this year when he got coverage for TerraCycle on Oprah and Good Morning America on the same day, Earth Day! In addition to managing the company’s public relations activities, Albe organizes TerraCycle’s yearly Graffiti Jam and helps run the summer Internship program which hosts over 20 college students every summer and several during the school year as well.

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Blog Posts by Albe Zakes

  • What's the Next Level for Upcycling?

    What’s the Next Level for Upcycling?

    Now that you’ve learned what upcycling is why it should be done vs. recycling how you can get involved in more of it happening and what some inventive companies are doing with it I’ve got a question for you: What’s next?

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  • Who's up to some Upcycling?

    Who’s up to some Upcycling?

    So now that you’re up to speed on what upcycling is let’s see who’s out there, doing some upcycling.

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  • Diving into the 4th R

    Diving into the 4th R

    I collect trash for a living. Not behind a truck, but behind a desk. Let me back up. My company takes what might otherwise be thought of as waste, and makes it in to new and interesting products. But that’s not what I’m here to write about today. I’m here to tell you how trash […]

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  • Recycling, Good. Upcycling, Better.

    Recycling, Good. Upcycling, Better.

    If you’re like most average Americans, recycling has become a normal part of your life. At a minimum, you recycle your newspapers and aluminum cans, maybe your glass and plastic too, depending on where you live and what they accept. Definitely, kudos to you for playing your part.

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  • Recycling, Check. Upcycling, What's That?

    Recycling, Check. Upcycling, What’s That?

    You’ve heard of and most likely practice some recycling. But have you heard of upcycling? It’s as the name suggests, using materials for the same or higher purpose tha n they were first used. First coined by William McDonaugh, a renowned architect, designer, and author of Cradle To Cradle  he saw that instead of looking […]

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