Plastic Bank, a social enterprise revolutionizing the global supply chain for recycled ocean-bound plastic, has announced that it has reached the significant milestone of preventing 1 billion plastic bottles from entering the oceans. Plastic Bank’s global partnership with consumer brand SC Johnson has done more than half of that.
“At SC Johnson, we are committed to creating a more sustainable world where every part of our operations, from procurement to consumer disposal, results in an ever decreasing presence on our planet today and for future generations,” said Fisk Johnson. Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “By working with Plastic Bank, we are building a recycling ecosystem that will prevent plastic waste from threatening the health of our planet and provide a path to greater economic mobility for vulnerable communities. We are enthusiastic about helping others join Plastic Bank to create a regenerative plastics economy. “
One billion plastic bottles is the equivalent of stopping more than 44 million pounds of plastic that would otherwise have ended up in the oceans.
“Plastic waste entering our oceans is one of our greatest global challenges. At a time when the world is demanding more responsibility, this important milestone is a testament to our ability to make conscious environmental, social and economic impacts, ”said David Katz, Founder and CEO of Plastic Bank. “Our partnership with SC Johnson has been instrumental in transforming Plastic Bank from a small engine into a train that drives change around the world.”
SC Johnson’s global partnership with Plastic Bank has a significant impact on people and the planet, accounting for more than half of Plastic Bank’s total plastic volume. So far the partnership has:
- Since 2018, more than 250 collection points have been created in Indonesia, the Philippines and Brazil. Further expansion to Thailand and Vietnam is planned by 2022.
- Approximately 23 million pounds of plastic, equivalent to more than 500 million bottles, has been prevented from disrupting ocean ecosystems.
- Provided more than 15,000 people with additional income.
In 2019, SC Johnson launched the industry’s first product to use 100% recycled ocean-bound plastic in a major household cleaning brand, Windex. Since then, SC Johnson has expanded its 100% recycled ocean-bound plastic bottles to the Mr Muscle brand in the UK and Ireland. The company’s goal is to collect 30 million kilograms of plastic waste by 2022, the equivalent of more than 1.5 billion plastic bottles, at more than 500 collection points in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Brazil.
Plastic Bank worked with more than 17,000 individual collectors in Haiti, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brazil and Egypt to achieve the one billionth bottle milestone. In return for collected plastic, collectors receive rewards that help meet basic family needs such as groceries, cooking fuel, school tuition, and health insurance.
The material collected in the Plastic Bank’s recycling ecosystems is reborn as social plastic. It is billed as ethically reclaimed plastic that protects the oceans and helps fight poverty by transferring its value to those who collect it. Once processed, Social Plastic can be reintroduced into the global manufacturing supply chain to develop new products and packaging materials.