NEW YORK — Last year, Garnier and TerraCycle transformed more than 1,500 lbs of recycled personal care waste into a one-of-a-kind Garnier Green Garden in New York City. This year, Garnier and TerraCycle have announced the nationwide rollout of the Garnier Green Garden Project, a program designed to create gardens for deserving communities.
In a contest called "Where Should Our Garden Grow?" Garnier and TerraCycle have asked for public participation to help choose the most deserving community organization to receive the next Green Garden, capable of yielding more than 2,000 lbs of vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers. The gardens not only provide communities with a safe space to connect and enjoy nature, but they also allow residents to grow their own fresh food.
The beauty waste to be used in the garden is collected through Garnier's Personal Care and Beauty Brigade, a free recycling and fundraising program that pays for every piece of waste collected and returned to TerraCycle. The collected beauty waste, which would otherwise be destined for landfills, consists of nonrecyclable hair care, skin care and cosmetic packaging. These products will be recycled by TerraCycle to create many of the plastic components of the garden, such as raised beds, picnic tables and trashcans.
Each Garnier Green Garden will include the following features:
- 100% completely recycled materials
- Designated areas for garden plants
- Rest and seating areas
- Beautiful and practical design and landscaping
Having received hundreds of nominations during the initial contest entry phase, Garnier and TerraCycle narrowed the candidates down to five organizations:
- The Green Scheme in Washington, D.C.
- The ReFresh Project in New Orleans, L.A.
- The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative in Detroit
- Garfield Park in Chicago
- Social Justice Learning Institute in Los Angeles