Plastic Bank Celebrates Stopping its 1 Billionth Bottle of Ocean-Bound Plastic, Partnership with SC Johnson Accounts for Half of the Total
Partnership Also Creates Pathways to Greater Economic Success for Underserved Communities
SC Johnson’s global partnership with Plastic Bank is creating meaningful impact for both people and the planet and accounts for more than half of Plastic Bank’s total volume of collected plastic. To date, the partnership has:
- Created more than 250 collection points across Indonesia, the Philippines and Brazil since 2018 with plans to expand further to Thailand and Vietnam by 2022.
- Stopped more than 10.4 million kilograms of plastic, the equivalent of more than 500 million plastic bottles, from disrupting ocean ecosystems.
- Provided more than 15,000 people with additional income.
In 2019, SC Johnson launched the industry’s first product using 100% recycled ocean-bound plastic in a major home cleaning brand, Windex®, and has since expanded its 100% recycled ocean-bound plastic bottles to its Mr Muscle® brand in the UK and Ireland. The company’s goal is to collect 30 million kilograms of plastic waste through the partnership by 2022, the equivalent of more than 1.5 billion plastic bottles, from more than 500 collection points across Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Brazil.
In reaching the one billionth bottle milestone, Plastic Bank worked in partnership with more than 17,000 individual collectors across Haiti, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brazil and Egypt. In exchange for collected plastic, collectors receive premiums that help provide basic family necessities such as groceries, cooking fuel, school tuition and health insurance.
The material collected in Plastic Bank’s closed-loop recycling ecosystems is reborn as Social Plastic® – an ethically recovered plastic that protects our oceans and helps address poverty by transferring its value to those who help collect it. Once processed, Social Plastic can be reintroduced into the global manufacturing supply chain for the creation of new products and packaging materials.
About Plastic Bank
Plastic Bank® builds ethical recycling ecosystems in coastal communities and reprocesses the materials for reintroduction into the global manufacturing supply chain. Collectors receive a premium for the materials they collect which helps them provide basic family necessities such as groceries, cooking fuel, school tuition, and health insurance. Plastic Bank’s certified blockchain platform secures the entire transaction and provides real-time data visualization – allowing for transparency, traceability, and rapid scalability. The collected material is reborn as Social Plastic® which can be easily reintegrated into products and packaging as part of a closed-loop supply chain. Plastic Bank currently operates in Haiti, Brazil, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Egypt. Learn more at www.plasticbank.com.