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By collecting plastic from vulnerable coastal communities, Plastic Bank is revealing value in plastic waste
Plastic Bank collection community member in Cavite, Philippines.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 6, 2021: Plastic Bank, a social enterprise revolutionizing the global circular supply chain for recycled ocean-bound plastic, announced today it has reached a significant milestone of stopping one billion plastic bottles from entering the world’s oceans. This notable achievement marks Plastic Bank’s leadership in stopping ocean plastic while improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable coastal communities. One billion plastic bottles is the equivalent of more than 20 million kilograms of plastic that would have otherwise found its way into the world’s oceans. In reaching this milestone, Plastic Bank worked in partnership with more than 17,000 individual collection members across Haiti, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brazil, and Egypt. In exchange for collected plastic, collection members receive premiums that help provide basic family necessities such as groceries, cooking fuel, school tuition, and health insurance.
The material collected in Plastic Bank’s closed-loop recycling ecosystems is reborn as Social Plastic® – an ethically recovered plastic that protects our ocean and helps address poverty by transferring its value to those who help collect it. Once processed, Social Plastic can be reintroduced into the global manufacturing supply chain for the creation of new products and packaging materials.“Plastic waste entering our oceans is one of our greatest global challenges. At a time when the world is calling for greater responsibility, this significant milestone is evidence of our ability to make a deliberate environmental, social, and economic impact,” said David Katz, Founder and CEO, Plastic Bank. “The collection of one billion ocean-bound plastic bottles confirms we can reduce plastic waste while driving social progress through a circular economy.”
Global partners including SC Johnson, Henkel, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Coty, HelloFresh, Lombard Odier, Advansa, Carton Pack, Grove Collaborative, Ocean Bottle, Cognition Foundry, IBM, GoJek and PayMaya have helped support collection efforts in reaching the one billion bottle milestone. By championing the integration of Social Plastic® back into the supply chain, Plastic Bank’s partners are supporting a regenerative plastics economy that is stopping ocean-bound plastic while improving the lives of collection communities.
Plastic Bank has more than 320 active collection branches across Haiti, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brazil, and Egypt. With its sights already on collecting the next billion plastic bottles, Plastic Bank is planning to expand into Cameroon and Thailand in 2021.