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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 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 waterdrop®️

Plastic Bank collaborates with waterdrop® to help stop ocean plastic

For waterdrop®, sustainability is not a privilege – it’s a requirement. Since day one, waterdrop® has been committed to working towards a world without plastic bottles; to not only reduce plastic waste to a minimum, but spotlight sustainability at the core of everything waterdrop® does. By adopting sustainable packaging solutions, waterdrop® uses 98% less plastic compared to pre-filled beverages, and produces 98% less CO2 by shipping only the essence of the drink. Every day, waterdrop® gets closer and closer to fulfilling this vision – reducing now, actively removing for the future.

Page manually updated May 8, 2023.

Sustainability is at the core of everything waterdrop® does  

With sustainability embedded in its blueprint, waterdrop® strives to continue finding ways to become even more sustainable; a vision that primarily led to its important collaboration with Plastic Bank. Inspired by how Plastic Bank empowers its collection communities by turning simple waste into valuable opportunities, waterdrop® started a simple, yet actionable initiative: for every waterdrop® 12-Pack sold, one plastic bottle is removed from the environment.

Kedonganan Beach, Bali, Indonesia, Nov. 2021
Plastic Bank collection member in Bali collecting plastic waste
Kedonganan Beach, Bali, Indonesia, Nov. 2021
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