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Data last verified: Friday, 02/23/2024

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 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)

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 Henkel

EMPOWERING RECYCLING ECOSYSTEMS AROUND THE WORLD WHILE SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING SOLUTIONS

Henkel takes a long-term, entrepreneurial approach toward all elements of sustainability. As a Plastic Bank founding partner, Henkel helped to establish Plastic Bank’s first recycling ecosystem in Haiti in 2017. Then in 2021 Henkel collaborated with Plastic Bank to establish collection communities in Egypt which aim to collect and recycle 5,000 metric tons of ocean-bound plastic per year! The local collection members receive stable income and life-improving benefits in exchange for the plastic they collect.  The collected plastic is then  reprocessed to create Social Plastic® feedstock that is integrated into select Henkel product packaging.

Impact Report: Henkel-Sponsored Ecosystems

Start date: 08/2017
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PET

HDPE

PP

Mixed
965.3 Million bottles prevented
29 collection branches
communities impacted
cities served
collection centers
lives impacted
2,419 collectors
womens collectors
schools impacted
All data is blockchain verified. Last updated 2/23/2024
SP Social Plastic. Recycled plastic feedstock that is reprocessed and reintegrated into products and packaging by Plastic Bank partner organizations and brands for positive social, environmental, and economic impact.
ESA EcoSystem Activation. Maintenance & Development of social, ethical, traceable recycling infrastructure to empower circular economy while enabling social development of communities & members involved in the collection.

Being part of the solution

Henkel has integrated  Social Plastic® feedstock into their product packaging, including Pril, Vernel, Sidolin and Nature Box brands.

Henkel has received global recognition for their Fa and Nature Box brands, winning the Best in Class Packaging Innovation, Sustainable Design at the PAC Global Leadership Awards in 2020, and the Best Practices Award at the Sustainability Awards in 2019.

Branch owner in Mansheyet Nasser, Egypt, April 2021

Maged Nozahy, branch owner, in Samaan Nozahy’s branch, Mansheyet Nasser, April 2021
Branch owner in Mansheyet Nasser, Egypt, April 2021

Henkel brands use Social Plastic® feedstock

Henkel incorporates recycled Social Plastic® feedstock into its Beauty, Laundry & Home Care product packaging

Nature Box Argan and Avocado

Nature Box Shampoo

Vernel Natural Peony and Vernel Trinity Cool Fresh

Vernel Fabric Softener

Clin, Window & Glass Cleaner

Clin Window & Glass Cleaner

Pril Hand Wash

Dial Hand Soap

A collection community member from Manshiyet Nasser community,Feb 2022

Manshiyet Nasser community, Egypt, Feb 2022

Sorting plastic bottles at Collection Point in Manshiyet Nasser community,Feb 2022

Manshiyet Nasser community, Egypt, Feb 2022

Henkel and Plastic Bank team, captured during the Top to Top meeting in October 2022.

“Our collaboration with Plastic Bank is a unique partnership, addressing two of the world’s biggest challenges of today: plastic waste and the lack of opportunity for people in need … We are excited to take the next steps – for the environment and a better future for collection community members.”

Sylvie Nicol
Executive Vice President Human Resources and Chairwoman of Henkel’s Sustainability Council

Henkel and Plastic Bank team, captured during the Top to Top meeting in October 2022.
Henkel and Plastic Bank team, captured during the Top to Top meeting in October 2022.