This 7-Year-Old Entrepreneur Built A Company Out Of TRASH, Literally!

This 7-Year-Old Entrepreneur Built A Company Out Of TRASH, Literally!

Ryan Hickman has recycled over 2,00,000 bottles and cans. And thanks to his recycling efforts, he ended up earning $21,000.

It's never too late to recycle, and it's never too early to start off the good habit either. One clever 7-year-old has taken his passion for recycling and has managed to pocket a considerable profit from his environment-saving obsession!



 

Ryan Hickman may be in grade school, but the kid from California is pretty determined to be the change he wants to see in the world! The 7-year-old has recycled over 2,00,000 bottles and cans, and thanks to his recycling efforts, he ended up earning $21,000. 



 

It wasn't a passion that started overnight. According to CNN, Ryan began recycling at the tender age of 3 after he paid a visit to the rePlanet Recycling center in California. The trip had a lasting impact on young Ryan who made it his life's mission to make sure that trash stays out of the ocean and other water bodies. 



 

Ryan's goal is backed up by a simple thought: he doesn't want the trashed plastic ending up in the oceans, inevitably destroying ocean life. "It's because bottles get to the ocean and then animals get sick and die," he said. 



 

Thanks to his efforts, Ryan is now the Youth Ambassador of the Pacific Marine Mammal Centre which is an organization that is currently working towards rescuing and rehabilitating marine animals. 



 

But his hobby soon blossomed and turned into a growing business. Four years of collecting recyclables helped Ryan establish 'Ryan's Recycling Company' and he has over 50 paying customers who use his services. 



 

Ryan's profits from his business are being put towards his future college education. But the 7-year-old has a different dream for the money, Ryan hopes that the $21,000 that he has collected can be put towards a new garbage truck. 



 

The young entrepreneur hasn't just cashed in on the recycling opportunity. His company website sells t-shirts and trucker hats branded with the company name. The proceeds from those go to the Pacific Marine Mammals Centre. So far, Ryan has donated over $3,700. 



 

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