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Stopping Plastic Waste Entering the Ocean

Eight million metric tons of plastic pollute the oceans each year. We're making sure less reaches them.

In January 2022, SC Johnson celebrated a key milestone with long-time partner Plastic Bank. With our help, Plastic Bank has stopped the equivalent of two billion plastic bottles from entering the world's oceans. 

Our partnership accounts for more than half this impact – more than 20 million kilograms of plastic, or the equivalent of one billion plastic bottles, stopped from disrupting ocean ecosystems.

Since 2018, we have worked with Plastic Bank to create plastic collection centers across Indonesia, the Philippines and Brazil. As part of this partnership, local collectors gather plastic on land, within 31 miles of an ocean, that might otherwise end up in oceans. The recovered plastic is then turned in at designated collection points. The plastic is then recycled, helping to create a circular economy.

More than 25,000 people are registered members of the program, bringing plastic to the SC Johnson collection points in exchange for income. They receive a premium price, paid in digital tokens that are secured from loss or theft, which helps meet needs like groceries, school tuition and health care.

"Plastic pollution and its impact on our oceans is one of the world’s most significant challenges. The collection of two billion ocean bound plastic bottles is a testament to the fact that each of us can be a hero in reducing plastic waste while improving the lives of people who collect it,” said David Katz, Founder and CEO of Plastic Bank. “Our Heroes — SC Johnson, the collectors, other partners, branch owners, contributors and employees — are stewarding business, consumption, lives and the planet towards regeneration.”

As part of our partnership with Plastic Bank, SC Johnson has launched 100% recycled recovered coastal plastic bottles in two of our home cleaning brands: Windex® in North America and Mr Muscle® in the U.K. and Ireland.