Fisk Johnson walking the street with a plastic collector in Indonesia

Global Partnership with Plastic Bank Fights Ocean Plastic Pollution and Poverty

Global Partnership between SC Johnson and Plastic Bank opens 500+ recycling centers around the world to help combat ocean plastic crisis.
“Building infrastructures that stops plastic before it gets into the ocean is critical to solving the ocean plastic problem. We’re pleased our partnership with Plastic Bank offers a solution to this issue and helps address poverty at the same time.” – Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO

In 2018, we kicked off a partnership with Plastic Bank, one of the leading organizations working to reduce ocean plastic, and opened nine recycling centers in Indonesia with the goal to stop plastic before it ever gets into the ocean. 

Beyond doing good for the planet, this partnership plays an important role in helping families in impoverished areas. Doing what’s right for people and the planet is important to us at SC Johnson, and in 2019, we’re expanding the Plastic Bank partnership with a ground-breaking, three-year deal to create a total of 509 plastic collection points across the globe. 

More than 8 million metric tons of plastic leak into the ocean every year, so building infrastructure that stops plastic before it gets into the ocean is key to solving this issue. I’m particularly pleased that this program we developed with Plastic Bank helps to address poverty and this critical environmental issue at the same time.

Fisk Johnson, SC Johnson Chairman and CEO

The three-year effort will create recycling infrastructure on a massive scale spanning five countries including Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam – four of the five countries that contribute most to ocean plastic – and Brazil.

The 509 plastic collection points are expected to collect 30,000 metric tons of Social Plastic® over three years. The equivalent of stopping approximately 1.5 billion plastic bottles from entering waterways and the ocean.

The collection points also provide opportunities for residents to gather plastic waste in exchange for digital tokens. The collected plastic is then recycled and sold into the market as Social Plastic® which we’re purchasing back at a premium and in 2020, will be incorporating it into our iconic Windex® brand in both the U.S. and Canada. 

Global partnership with Plastic Bank opens 509 plastic collection centers around the globe.
Global Partnership with Plastic Bank to stop plastic ocean pollution & combat poverty
Together with SC Johnson, we now have the ability to help close the loop and advance a circular economy while developing infrastructures in the areas where it is needed the most.
David Katz, Plastic Bank Founder and CEO

Developed by Plastic Bank, Social Plastic® refers to the ecosystem that creates recycling infrastructure in the world’s poorest regions and invites residents to earn a stable income by joining recycling efforts. 

Plastic collectors can substantially boost their incomes, according to Plastic Bank, as they receive the top market rate, plus premium, for the plastic they collect. Collectors are paid in digital tokens using blockchain technology and can use those tokens to buy goods and services. Collectors are on track to earn $300,000, or 4.2 billion Indonesian Rupiah, annually in Indonesia alone. 


Wayan Musadi

Bapak Wayan Musadi started collecting recyclables to supplement his income, but felt he wasn’t getting a fair price from the junkyard. Now, he brings them to an SC Johnson Plastic Bank collection point where they’re weighed on a digital scale and he’s paid through the blockchain app. He says he’s finally able to provide better food for his family now.
Man holding plastic bank recycling collectors bag.

Ibu Wangi

Ibu Wangi is a widow, working to support her family alone. She’s a helper in Kreneng Market, but wanted more income. When an SC Johnson Plastic Bank branch opened near her, she started collecting plastic around the market when her work is done each day. She saves all her recycling income for her son’s school tuition.
Woman and her family.

Ni Wayan Kinten

Ibu Kinten used to sort and clean plastic collected by her husband. When he passed away, she had to do the job alone despite her grief. With the digital income she receives from Plastic Bank, she’s found a source of security. She says Plastic Bank not only helps her income, but makes her feel motivated again since she knows there’s a way out of her financial difficulties.
Women holding up Plastic Bank collectors bag.

Ibu Kuntari

Ibu Kuntari collects plastics from shops around Intaran market to earn extra income and provide for her children. She makes sure all the plastics collected are sorted, cleaned and dried so she can get the best price. With the added income, she gives pocket money to her son and can buy dresses for her youngest, who wants to compete in young models fashion shows.
Woman smiling at the camera

Ibu Darti

Nyoman Darti works as a waste collector and cleaner in Intaran Market, where the Sanur SC Johnson Plastic Bank branch is located. Her goal is to have an emergency fund for the first time in her life — and it’s working. When she recently was sick, she was able to buy medicines because of the savings she had built collecting plastic.
Man holding a bag full of plastic to recycle.

SC Johnson’s new partnership with Plastic Bank is just one of the many ways we’re fulfilling our commitment to helping tackle the plastic pollution problem. We have steadily increased the use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic in our products and have reduced excess plastic wherever possible.

  • 100% of our plastic packaging will be designed to be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025
  • Post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic is used in several of our product lines including Windex®, Scrubbing Bubbles® and Glade®.
  • 1.7 million kg of plastic was removed from primary packaging during fiscal year 2018/2019.

Every time a consumer chooses a concentrated product, they use nearly 80% less plastic. That’s why since launching Windex® concentrates back in 2011, we have expanded our refill options to other popular cleaning brands including Mr Muscle®, Scrubbing Bubbles® and fantastik®.

The newest line of SC Johnson concentrates launched in the United States and Canada in July 2019, with Scrubbing Bubbles®, Windex® and fantastic® refills. This was followed by the next wave of concentrated refills which launched in Mexico, the United Kingdom, China and Japan in the fall of 2019 and included the international home cleaning brand Mr Muscle®.

In 2018, our Chairman and CEO, Fisk Johnson, was chosen as one of only a select few CEOs to sign The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. The initiative is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with the UN Environment to establish a common vision for companies to help create a circular economy for plastic. 
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