Stop the flood of plastic

Climate protection with clean oceans

Climate protection with plastic-free oceans

Over 8 million tons of plastic waste end up in the ocean every year - one dumper truck every minute. By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea.

Especially in developing countries, enormous quantities of plastic waste are produced through packaging and as a result of lacking waste disposal infrastructures. This waste collects on land and very quickly makes its way into the sea through rivers and in the wind.

Money for plastic - that is this project’s approach to preventing that. Waste collectors in Haiti, Indonesia and the Philippines can earn their income that way. Everybody there can collect waste and exchange it at the local Plastic Bank branches for money, food, drinking water, mobile phone credit, cooking oil or even school fees. The exchange value is greater than the actual market value of plastic, meaning that people there really can live from it.

That way, this project makes sure that the plastic never even makes it to the sea. It is recycled and processed into what is called social plastic, which is made into new products again - ecological and socially sustainable.

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Contribution to the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs)

No Poverty
Members receive a fair & stable income for the plastic they collect.

Zero Hunger
Every citizen can exchange collected plastic into fresh food.

Good Health and Well-Being
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Depending on location, members can redeem plastic for first aid kits, health insurance, or other needs. 

Quality Education
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In Haiti members can use plastic to pay for their child’s school tuition. A zero-tolerance policy on child labour is supported by Plastic Bank's commitment to keep children in school.

Clean Water and Sanitation
Members can exchange plastic for clean drinking water. Corporate partners help to provide soap, shampoo and other sanitation products.

Decent Work and Economic Growth
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Plastic Bank has created jobs for 2,300 collectors in the world's poorest countries, enforcing strict policies to uphold labour and human rights.

Reduced Inequalities
Every member can open a secure digital banking account - often the first bank account in their lifetime - without fear of corruption or theft.

Sustainable Cities and Communities
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Sustainable, circular economies replace the linear, wasteful models currently in place in developing regions.

Responsible Consumption and Production
Social Plastic reduces the demand for virgin plastic.

Climate Action
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Healthy oceans are vital to stabilizing the climate; the wind park in the Philippines generates verified Gold Standard emissions reductions.

Life below Water
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More than 1,000 tons of plastic collected in 2018 that not entered the oceans, thus protecting marine life including microorganisms and threatened species.

Partnerships for the Goals
Plastic Bank has been recognized at the United Nations Climate Change Conference as a leader in upholding the Sustainable Development Goals.

How do clean oceans contribute to climate protection?

The ocean stores a quarter of the CO2 from the atmosphere and even 93.4 percent of the heat caused by the greenhouse effect - making it a major brake on climate change. Warming, overfishing, pollutants and waste endanger this balancing function. The Plastic Bank prevents plastic waste from entering the sea and thus indirectly protects the climate. Because there are no certified emission reductions, ClimatePartner supports the Plastic Bank in combination with a Gold Standard climate protection project, a wind farm in the Philippines: www.climatepartner.com/1091. With every ton of CO2 we compensate 10 kg of plastic waste.