Tag Archives: National Geographic

TerraCycle: One Man’s Trash…

There’s a garbage revolution going on, and it’s materializing in my New Jersey county.

TerraCycle is founded on the conviction that all garbage can be re-purposed or “recycled,” even if in a non-traditional way. The company’s small staff, headed by former Princeton University student Tom Szaky, has fashioned candy wrappers into purses, Purina dog bags into and circuit boards into clocks. Their products are more than a environmentalist’s hippie-dippy side project, though; TerraCycle goods are available in major national retailers including Walmart and Target.

The company’s headquarters are in Trenton, New Jersey, and in addition to selling their products in places like Whole Foods and Home Depot, they have a TerraCycle store in Princeton’s Palmer Square. Eco-capitalist Tom Szaky and his staff also star in National Geographic Channel’s entertaining reality show “Garbage Moguls.” The show documents the staff’s unconventional challenges, such as figuring out how to turn cookie wrappers into kites (see the clip below). It also captures their workday antics and driving desire to do things differently.

I stopped in the Palmer Square store yesterday and snapped some photos of the space and their products, as seen in the photo slideshow below. To learn more about TerraCycle — like their national collection programs and how local schools make money from the company — and to see their products, visit the official site or catch the “Garbage Moguls” show. You’ll have a hard time looking at a wrapper or plastic bag the same way.

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Shot of the Week

In the spirit of multimedia, today is the first of many Sundays where you’ll find a favorite TKGO photo, video or other goodie to brighten your day and inspire a little wanderlust. Feel free to click an image for a larger version (to brighten your desktop background)!

I took this photo from the ship’s deck on Christmas Eve during my trip to Antarctica in 2006 (aboard the National Geographic Endeavor with Lindblad Expeditions). The hole in the center could have almost fit the front of the ship’s hull inside.

Tara for TKGO

Re: Your Naked Coffee Table

When the trip calls but the bank account prohibits, it’s time to decorate your coffee table. We found four photo-heavy volumes to last through your travel dry spell. If your bank account is really tight, you can always leaf through three (almost) entire books online. Click the link at the bottom of the description. Have a safe flight!

Los Angeles, Portrait of a City by David L. Ulin, Kevin Starr and Jim Heimann


Photo courtesy of Amazon.com


Los Angeles is a misunderstood city — we’ll admit we’re still figuring it out — but that’s probably because most of us have a superficial understanding of what’s projected as a superficial city. The 572 pages of this weighty book work to get you deeper into the City of Angels; its nostalgic and often charming (see: cover) photographs guide you through its history, icons, culture and development in a calm, absorbing manner. It’s an ode, a tribute, but also an invitation to understand iconic L.A., all through images. Leaf through the book here.

Mario de Janeiro Testino by Mario Testino


The cover comes in three colors, courtesy of TASCHEN.com


Famous fashion photographer Mario Testino’s coffee table book is no high-fashion joke. Originally from Peru, Testino now frequently does work for high fashion ad campaigns and Condé Nast publications like Vogue and Vanity Fair, but before his fashion fame, he spent many summers of his early teen years in Rio de Janeiro, gawking at the “tiny bathing suits” and the “carefree and wild” young people of the Brazilian city. After so many years, he finally returned with a camera and a risque, semi-nude itinerary. The book is hefty and the photos are trendy, but the faces and unique poses of the Brazilians in these mixed black and white and color photos will leave you curious about the Portuguese-speaking population of South America (not to mention have you thinking about sand, surf and tropical drinks even in the dead of winter). Plus, you’ll find text from famous Brazilians like supermodel Gisele Bundchen to add additional points of view. This is a book for the ages — the kind your grandkids would buy in a vintage shop decades from now. Leaf through 166 of the 200 pages here.

D&AD 2009, The Best Advertising and Design in the World from TASCHEN


An inside page, courtesy of TASCHEN.com


Advertising can tell you a lot about a city, like the typical sense of humor, popular foods and how people get around. And why not narrow it down to the best advertisements in the world? In this beautifully designed hardcover, find everything from screenshots of Visa Europe’s TV commercials to images from the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation’s Asia Pacific campaign, all with a description on why the campaigns were successful and other interesting details. Leaf through the entire 576-pager on TASCHEN’s site.

Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips from National Geographic


Courtesy of Amazon.com


This list would be incomplete without a tome from National Geographic, the touchstone for international, cultural and travel-related photography. The shots are consistently awe-inspiring and informative, and this book especially — a compilation of National Geographic writers’ most treasured trips — sparks some serious wanderlust. Aside from the stunning photography, what appeals to us most about this particular National Geographic book is its unconventional organization. The categories destinations are grouped under are not countries or even continents, rather subjects such as modes of transportation (“By road,” “By rail,” “On foot”) or motivation (“In gourmet heaven,” “Into the action”).  As for the bits of travel advice included, we encourage you to do outside research to round the recommendations. Grab a pen and paper when you sit down with the book, because you’ll be doubling (at least!) your life trip list after flipping through.

Tara and Karina for TKGO