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Data last verified on Alchemy™: Mar 12, 2022

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 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.

Gidget Velez

Chief Country Development Officer

Gidget Velez

Chief Country Development Officer

Gidget’s exposure to international and local markets has given him a unique perspective on different industries and cultures.
He has held C-Level roles in large multinational companies for the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Micronesia. Companies like Coca-Cola, Jim Beam, Publicis Groupe, among others.

Currently, he is pursuing his personal advocacy of survival provision for the future. Beyond entrepreneurship consulting and business management, Gidget has started to nurture and support companies with global social goals since returning from Russia to live in several Asian countries in 2014.


As a Wedu Global Mentor, invest in young Asian women to lead social change;
As Mentor of YSEALI, US Mission to ASEAN, build leadership capabilities and promote cross-border working partnerships to solve regional and global challenges;

As Asia’s leader for the Plastic Bank, pushing for sustainability solutions at scale to stop plastic pollution in the oceans; by adding value to plastic waste collection and improving the lives of poor communities.

The goal is to equip the next generation with leadership skills that will impact their lifelong journey. Towards positive social change, environmental goals across borders have an impact on communities, humanity and the world they will continue to live in.