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TerraCycle's latest partnerships to build closed loop for acetate manufacturing waste and food packaging

Thema Optical and Once Upon a Farm latest to partner with hard-to-recycle materials specialist

This picnic table made from recycled materials is one example of how TerraCycle helps companies turn their hard-to-recycle materials into valuable new products.
This picnic table made from recycled materials is one example of how TerraCycle helps companies turn their hard-to-recycle materials into valuable new products.

Thema Optical, an Italian manufacturer of high-end and custom-made eyewear, with a U.S. factory in Miami, has announced a new recycling program in partnership with international recycling leader TerraCycle

Thema manufacturers made-to-measure, unique eyewear through its patented 3D Acetate Technology. During production, some acetate waste is leftover in the manufacturing process. With the help of TerraCycle, Thema will recycle the excess acetate so that it can be processed into sheets and used to make new acetate products. 
"Thema is a global company that respects the importance of sustainability and the major role each of us plays as stewards of our Earth," ," said Giulia Valmassoi, chief executive officer of Thema Optical's North America branch. "Partnering with TerraCycle has made it possible to implement this new recycling program in our facility." 
"At TerraCycle, our mission has always been to eliminate waste, recycle the unrecyclable and use our innovative business solutions to minimize human impact on the planet," said TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky. "It's through partnerships like the one we enjoy with Thema that allow us to fulfill our objective and help preserve the environment for future generations."
For more information about Thema Optical, visit or call 786-803-8881. 

Also recently, TerraCycle has expanded their partnership with Once Upon a Farm, a nutrition brand that makes organic, cold-pressed baby food, smoothies and applesauce, to offer consumers a free, easy way to recycle packaging from their entire product line. 

 "Sustainability is an ongoing journey for Once Upon a Farm and we are always striving to do better and leave a better planet for the next generation," said Ari Raz, President and Co-Founder of Once Upon a Farm. "While our ultimate goal is a recyclable pouch, our partnership with TerraCycle gives consumers an easy, free option to recycle our packaging."
Participation in the Once Upon a Farm Recycling Program is easy. Simply sign up on the TerraCycle program page and mail in the packaging using a prepaid shipping label. Once collected, the packaging is cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products. Additionally, for every pound of waste shipped to TerraCycle, collectors can earn $1 to donate to a non-profit, school or charitable organization of their choice.
"Thanks to companies like Once Upon a Farm, families can offer their children the high-quality, real food nutrition they need, while being rewarded for doing the right thing," said TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky. "Through the expansion of their recycling program, consumers have an opportunity to divert even more packaging from landfills and while making a positive impact on the environment for future generations."
The Once Upon a Farm Recycling Program is open to any interested individual, school, office, or community organization. 

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