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It’s our mission to clean up the ocean and planet by ensuring that anyone can collect enough plastics to permanently ascend from poverty.
The Plastic Bank is a plastics return, repurposing, and 3D printing center strategically located in areas around the world with both an abundance of plastic waste & poverty.
Our self-sustaining business model empowers the poor to harvest plastics as a currency for various opportunities including education, training, necessities and 3D printing services.
We call the plastics harvested by the poor or removed from our oceans & waterways ‘social plastics’ and it is our goal to lead the movement towards the worldwide demand for the use of social plastics in everyday products. The higher the worldwide demand becomes, the higher the reward will be for harvesting social plastics.
Introducing “social plastic” — waste plastic harvested for reward
Vancouver, BC — The Plastic Bank is thrilled to announce the launch of its inaugural crowdfunding campaign on the popular fundraising platform, Indiegogo.
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with the Indiegogo platform to raise support for our mission to alleviate poverty through the harvesting of waste plastic,” said Vancouver-based entrepreneur David Katz, founder and CEO of The Plastic Bank. “With people’s help, we’ll be one step closer to opening our first plastic waste repurposing centre in Lima, Peru. It’s an exciting time and we want to reach the widest number of people to involve them from day one.”
The Indiegogo crowdfunding platform attracted The Plastic Bank because of its global reach and its ability to seamlessly integrate with social media outreach and networking.
Katz, said that all funds raised on Indiegogo will support the development of The Plastic Bank’s business systems that will process, evaluate, store and ship harvested waste plastic, what Katz calls “social plastic”.
“Social plastic is plastic waste that is harvested and repurposed for cause,” Katz said. “When operational, The Plastic Bank will exchange social plastic as a currency that can be used towards items that help lift individuals out of poverty and support local entrepreneurialism. As technology develops, The Plastic Bank will provide 3D printing services with the goal of converting social plastic into the raw material for 3D-printed products like tools, parts and household items.”
The Plastic Bank’s goal is to foster a demand for social plastic that will reduce waste plastics around the world, Katz said. Currently, over 300 million tons of new plastic is manufactured every year. About 7 million tons of that ends up in our oceans annually. But where most people see an abundance of waste, Katz saw an abundance of opportunity, moving to create The Plastic Bank as the vehicle to assign value to waste plastic and to empower poor people to exchange it for reward.
The Plastic Bank’s advisory board is comprised of global leaders in business, social entrepreneurship and ocean advocacy, including plastic recycling expert Mike Biddle, oceans expert Doug Woodring and Filipino social entrepreneur Illac Diaz.
Ocean plastic is an industrial problem that requires an industrial solution, Katz said.
“Global social and environmental crises are linked, and so are the solutions,” he said. “The crisis of waste plastics is an industrial problem that demands a transformative solution, like taking ocean-bound plastic waste and assigning it value. That is the promise of social plastic.”
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