7 Tips for a Social Entrepreneur

Andy Ryan
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Use the Unusable

EcoScraps was founded in 2010 when three Brigham Young University classmates decided to put the decomposing contents of Provo, Utah garbage cans to good use. Now, their company’s eight full-time and fourteen part-time employees collect 20 tons of food waste a day from more than 70 locations across Utah and Arizona and turn it into rich compost. The company isn’t yet producing enough compost per day to sell to major home and garden outlets like Home Depot, but they hope to soon. Brandon Sargent, one of the co-founders, said he’s an entrepreneur first and an environmental do-gooder second: “The trouble with nonprofits is that they can only do as much good as they can before their funds run out.”