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Data last verified: Monday, 09/25/2023

Ocean-bound plastic

Plastic Bank operates under the global standard defined by Jenna Jambeck. Ocean-bound plastic is defined as plastic that has not yet found its way into the ocean but is classified as "mismanaged waste". That is, plastic that is not being (formally) collected, is not likely to be collected, and is found within 50km of an ocean-bound waterway or coastal area.

Community Members

Individuals within a recycling community who collect plastic and exchange it at a Plastic Bank collection branch for secure income and life-improving benefits.

Equivalent Bottles Stopped

The equivalent number of bottles to the amount of ocean-bound plastic collected and recycled in our communities. 1 kilogram of plastic is equivalent to 50 plastic bottles. Source: Plastic Bank Bottle 2 Kilogram Report, Mar '23

Recycling Communities

Community of collection members involved in plastic collection within 50km of an ocean-bound waterway or coastal area, and its exchange at Plastic Bank collection branches.

Alchemy

Alchemy is our proprietary blockchain-secured platform that powers the PlasticBank app. It enables traceable recycling processes, tracks income for recycling community members and tailors impact reports for our partners.

Join the Social Recycling Movement

Accelerate your environmental and social impact goals with our traceable solutions

Social Recycling is making impact

98,334,388 kg

Plastic stopped

39,577

Community members

612

Recycling communities

  • SC Johnson
  • Advansa
  • Henkel
  • Lombard Odier
  • Carton Pack chooses Social Plastic®
  • ClimatePartner
  • CooperVision
  • Green Chef
  • SEINZ®
  • Ocean Bottle
  • weDo/ Professional
  • Greiner Packaging
  • Schaebens
  • WOW - Netherlands
  • Aquasale
  • Aquage

Champion sustainability with Social Recycling

We are a movement of people who believe plastic should not flow into the ocean to begin with.

That is why we are guiding consumers and brands to stop ocean plastic, empower collection communities and create authentic impact.

We call it Social Recycling. Join the movement, be part of change.

Stop ocean plastic at its source

Your journey begins at the root of ocean-bound plastic pollution — communities within 50km of vulnerable coastlines with high levels of poverty and inadequate waste management.

Top 1000 ocean pollution points

39,577

Community members

98,334,388 kg

Plastic stopped

612

Recycling communities

Traceability is at the heart of Social Recycling

Our proprietary blockchain-secured platform records every transaction and gives traceability to your impact.

Every kilo traced

Every kilo of plastic exchanged by age-verified community members at our collection branches is recorded in the PlasticBank® app.

Double-counting prevention system

Our proprietary blockchain-secured platform assigns a unique claim ID to every transaction, tracking all orders from the moment of exchange, all the way to our partners.

Custom reporting and data visualization

Our partners have access to impact dashboards with data visualization and custom reporting to share and celebrate progress!

Join brands that are driving impact forward

When it comes to brands with purpose, people are 4x more likely to purchase, 6x more likely to protect, 4.5x more likely to champion, and 4.1x more likely to trust brands with purpose.

Enabling circularity and transferring value

Landfill full of plastic waste with a plastic waste collector standing in it.

Collection

Members collect and exchange discarded plastic for income and life-improving benefits.

Landfill full of plastic waste with a plastic waste collector standing in it.

Processing

The collected plastic is processed and recycled into feedstock for re-use

Landfill full of plastic waste with a plastic waste collector standing in it.

Renewal

Manufacturers fund collection by purchasing plastic feedstock or plastic credits

Landfill full of plastic waste with a plastic waste collector standing in it.

Reintegration

Recycled plastic gives new life to old plastic and substitutes the need to create virgin plastic

Join the Social Recycling movement

Plastic pollution and poverty are intertwined. Plastic Bank empowers communities to use plastic waste as currency for access to secure income and life-improving benefits. This incentivizes collection, helps to alleviate poverty, and gives new life to old plastic for reintegration into products and packaging.

We call this Social Recycling, and you can be part of it!

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*Calculated from our monthly collection rate in January 2023