Thursday, March 31, 2011

Help! Save me your empty wrappers!

The organizers of Vineman, the triathlon I'm targeting this year, have recently announced a contest: the competitor who brings the most empty energy bar wrappers to the start line will win back their entry fee.

The wrappers will go to Terracycle, who have a unique way of recycling these otherwise un-recyclable bits of trash -- and they'll also donate two cents to charity for each and every wrapper returned.


I might not be able to win the race itself, or even my age group, but I'll be damned if I can't win this contest. I will not, however, be able to do it alone.

I need your help!

And your friends' help!

And your family's help!

I need to collect as many granola, energy and protein bar wrappers* as I can between now and the end of July. 

Last year's winner amassed over 1,300. To equal that feat, I'm going to need to get my hands on more than 80 wrappers every week! It's doable, but again, I'm going to need your help. If you or one of your friends picks up Clif bar at the sporting goods store, don't chuck the wrapper - save it for me! If your family likes to eat granola bars for dessert every evening, grab those empty wrappers and set them aside. Know a guy at work who lives primarily on meal replacement bars? Ask him to save you his garbage!

Don't live in San Francisco? Collect as many as you can and then stick 'em into a San Francisco-bound envelope -- I'll definitely cover the postage. I'm going to need every wrapper I can get!

So do me (and the world!) a favor - help me recycle these wrappers, donate to charity, and win back some money by forwarding me your garbage. It's win-win-win!

* - Note: apparently only silver-lined wrappers count. Fortunately, this includes a whole lot of granola bars and protein bars, including most Clif products, Power bar products, Chewy and Nature Valley bars, and many more. If it's silver inside, save it for me!