Monday, February 3, 2014

Ekocycle:, Coca-Cola Take Recycling High-End

Okay, so this article is almost 2 years old but I’m just hearing of the project.  I guess maybe the products are starting to hit the market or something.  I think it’s a very cool endeavor and like the statement “the idea is to get the younger consumers thinking about waste and recycled products in a new light.”

What is EKOCYCLE™? and Coca-Cola® have teamed up to launch EKOCYCLE™, a brand dedicated to promoting sustainability through aspirational, yet attainable lifestyle products made in part from recycled material.
The vision of EKOCYCLE™ is to use recycled materials, such as plastic bottles, to create cool new products in partnership with the brands you love. You can be a part of the cycle by recycling. Find a recycling center near you here by visiting our friends at Earth911

NEW YORK — Should headphones made out of recycled trash ever cost $349? It depends on how cool they are.
In hopes of giving products made from recycled materials a little more cachet, musician and The Coca-Cola Co. are partnering to make a line of clothing and gear called Ekocycle. The idea is to brand recycled products with a hipper image that resonates with young consumers.
"If you think about (recycled) products now, none of them are cool," said, who is best known for his work with The Black-Eyed Peas. "You have to bring some art and fashion sensibility into this technology that turns a bottle into something cool."
The first Ekocycle product will be a pair of headphones by Beats, a popular and pricey line created by rapper Dr. Dre and music producer Jimmy Iovine – both friends of The Ekocycle version will cost $349, which is on the high end of the range of Beats headphones.
An Ekocycle hat by New Era will cost $32.
The plan is to partner with a variety of other big-name designers to sell items including bicycles, shoes, handbags, glasses or even high-end chairs and tables. That means the items won't be cheap, despite the unpolished image recycled products often have. The first Ekocycle ad, with a voiceover and song by, is set to air Wednesday during the Olympics, which Coca-Cola is sponsoring.
Already, products made out of recycled waste tend to be more expensive because of the process required to incorporate the materials. But and Coca-Cola are hoping celebrity power and impressive brand names like Beats can overcome price barriers.
All Ekocycle products will be marked with a logo that tells people how many recycled bottles or cans went into the product. The Beats headphones, for example, contain about 3 plastic bottles.
The volume of recycled materials used in the products won't make a dent in reducing waste at first, notes Bea Perez, chief sustainability officer for Coca-Cola. But she said the idea is to get younger consumers thinking about waste and recycled products in a new light.
Coca-Cola declined to give details of its business agreement with, but said it will donate its portion of the licensing profits to recycling and community improvement groups. is reviewing ways to contribute his royalties to educational charities.