Creating wealth for million informal waste collectors
Plastics For Change has developed an ethical sourcing platform to create sustainable livelihoods for the urban poor while transitioning the industry towards a circular economy. Their platform catalyzes the recovery and recycling of post-consumer plastics profitably while helping brands meet & exceed their extended producer responsibility. Similar to fair trade agriculture, their platform creates transparency and accountability from the base of the supply chain to the manufacturer. This results in more efficient shared-value chains and higher quality recycled plastic. They provide expertise to help brands and manufacturers replace the use of virgin plastic with ethically sourced recycled plastic, thereby immediately improving the social and environmental impact of their products. Plastics For Change has been developing several breakthroughs in India’s plastics industry, including food-grade PET, 100% recycled HDPE bottles, Reach + Rohs compliant ABS, Polyester filament, and other types of recycled plastics. Their “secret sauce” is using transparency in the scrap plastic supply chain to improve quality assurance. This ensures a consistent supply of high-quality material for industry partners.
The Plastics for Change story started with Andrew Almack’s journey through South Asia in 2011. Overwhelmed by the extreme poverty in the region and the audacious levels of plastic pollution began the journey of an “eco-label” that could represent ethically sourced recycled plastic, ultimately helping to reduce plastic pollution and poverty.
Why Plastics For Change?
- Fight Climate Change: Their program is designed to make it profitable for companies to transition away from virgin plastic and start sourcing recycled. Every one ton of virgin plastic that is offset by recycled plastic saves approximately two to three tons of Co2.
- Create Livelihoods: 1% of the urban population in developing countries relies on recycling as their primary household income. Life at the base of the recycling supply chain is tough. Their ethical sourcing platform can help break the poverty cycle and create lasting change.
- Reduce Plastic Pollution: More than 3 billion people don’t have their waste collected or disposed of safely. We need to accelerate the development of recycling infrastructure by creating markets for waste.
- Decent Work and Economic Growth: Their program is designed to provide predictable and sustainable livelihoods to some of the world’s most marginalized and exploited people groups. Their inclusive business and fair-trade practices ensure dignified work to some of the poorest communities.
Plastics for Change was launched with a mission to use plastic waste as a resource for addressing social issues ever since. With over two billion people living on less than $2.00 a day, there is an enormous opportunity to reduce poverty through recycling. They have been on a mission ever since – to bring recycling infrastructure to developing regions and create jobs for some of the most marginalized members of society.
Their mission is to empower a million informal waste collectors by providing fair market access through their platform. They vision a world where plastic waste is optimized as a resource for reducing poverty through fair market access