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Collecting Plastic Waste Near the Ocean

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

Building on our long-time partnership with Plastic Bank, SC Johnson celebrated a key milestone in January 2022 stopping 2 billion plastic bottles before they reach our oceans and landfills. Nearly two years later, the partnership has helped recover the equivalent of 3.3 billion plastic bottles — that’s more than 65 million kilograms of recovered plastic.

Since 2018, we have worked with Plastic Bank to create plastic collection points across Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand 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 or landfills. The recovered plastic is then turned in at designated collection points and some of the plastic is then recycled back into our products.

More than 26,000 individuals 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.

As part of our partnership with Plastic Bank, SC Johnson has launched specially marked 100% recovered coastal plastic bottles (minus trigger) in two of our home cleaning brands: Windex® in North America and Australia; and Mr Muscle® in the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. To date, we’ve incorporated 5.6 million kilograms of recycled coastal plastic into our products.

Our partnership with Plastic Bank helps tackle the plastic waste crisis while providing economic opportunity for people living in vulnerable communities.

  • 540+ SC Johnson plastic collection points across Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Brazil