In our list of 50 green entrepreneurial companies ("The Eco-Advantage," November 2006), we asked if the world was really ready for a recycled toothbrush. Turns out, it just might be. Since we wrote about Recycline, which makes the Preserve line of toothbrushes, tongue cleaners, and razors--all from recycled materials like yogurt cups--the company has seen its sales jump 45 percent over the same period last year, thanks in part to a creative cross-promotion.
When we wrote the article, CEO Eric Hudson, who makes a habit of sending product samples to movie sets, had just learned that Recycline's toothbrush (oops, not the razor--we got it wrong) would be used by Will Ferrell in the movie Stranger Than Fiction. When the film premiered, Hudson's marketing team leveraged that moment in the limelight to boost sales at select
The company is now looking for other cross-promotional opportunities, especially for its line of kitchen products, which debuts in
When we first wrote about J. Darius Bikoff, founder of Glacéau, which makes Vitaminwater and Smartwater, he told us about a few of his favorite possessions and what he covets (Things I Can't Live Without, September 2005). Now Bikoff just might be able to afford that Gulfstream.
Glacéau, which had an estimated $104 million in annual sales in 2004, successfully took on Coke's biggest rival in a trade dress suit last year (see "A Tale of Two Flavored Waters," June 2006). As part of a settlement,
Some familiar faces are sharing in Bikoff's latest windfall. In lieu of payment for promoting his brands, Bikoff offered shares of the company to actress Jennifer Aniston, former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, rapper 50 Cent, the Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, and the New York Mets' David Wright. Glacéau would not comment on the size of each celebrity's ownership stake. --Ryan McCarthy