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Data last verified on Alchemy™: Friday, 02/03/2023

Ocean-bound plastic

Ocean-bound plastic has not yet found its way into the ocean. This represents plastic that is found on the ground within 50 kilometers of a waterway or coastal area, and is otherwise unlikely to be collected.

Bottles Stopped

The amount of ocean-bound plastic collected and recycled in our recycling communities converted into bottles. Conversion rate is 50 bottles per kg (the average weight of a 500mL bottle is ~20g)

Community Members

Individuals within a recycling community who collect plastic and deliver it to a collection point in exchange for collection benefits.

Recycling Communities

Community of plastic collectors living within 50 kilometres of ocean-bound waterways involved in plastic collection and its exchange at Plastic Bank collection points.

Alchemy™

Alchemy is the blockchain platform that powers the Plastic Bank app. It enables fully traceable recycling processes, secures income for recycling community members and tailors impact reports for our stewards.

Plastic Bank’s Partnership with Alcon

Plastic Bank collaborates with Alcon to stop ocean plastic while improving lives

This partnership represents another step in Alcon’s commitment to reducing the environmental footprint of its products and operations. And while offsetting initiatives do not represent the only sustainability solution for the vision care industry, there is widespread agreement that they offer an effective way for manufacturers to improve their plastic impact immediately, while investigating long-term solutions. This initiative, combined with the proper disposal of contact lenses by consumers, are part of the solution to reduce plastic impact.

For Clear Vision & Clean Oceans 

As part of its commitment to helping build a better, brighter, more sustainable future for our planet and its people, Alcon is partnering with Plastic Bank to run an offsetting program that will see every ton of plastic used to make Alcon PRECISION1™ and DAILIES TOTAL1™  contact lenses and their blisters sold in Europe, Russia & Australia-New-Zealand offset by the removal of a ton of ocean-bound plastic waste from vulnerable coastal communities. In Latin America, this partnership has been extended to all Alcon contact lenses sold. In addition, Alcon has a Plastic Bank partnership to offset plastic used for its preloaded intraocular lens delivery systems used during cataract surgery around the world. For every ton of plastic traditionally used in preloaded intraocular lenses, Ultrasert® and AutonoMe® , it will be offset by the removal of a ton of ocean-bound plastic waste. To learn more about Alcon’s portfolio of brands and services, please visit Alcon’s official site.