Plastic waste can be found almost everywhere, from littering on your local streets to overflowing beaches in the Indian ocean. That is why Plastiks works together with recovery projects from all over the world.
When you buy or sell NFTs, you can not only purchase a nice piece of art, which could turn into a great investment, but you can also decide which recovery project you wish to sponsor. With our Plastic Recovery Guarantees, you will see exactly where the plastic will be recovered from, when, and how much.
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Unlike other platforms focused on plastic compensation, our solution connects sponsoring companies and individuals with the recovery projects they have decided to support, providing ongoing monitoring of the benefits to which the projects have been offered extra income. Plastiks embraces projects in locations where it’s needed the most.
How Plastiks choose recovery projects
Developing countries are the ones most affected by plastic waste, mainly due to a lack of education and underdeveloped recycling infrastructure. Plastiks wants to help change this through collaboration with recovery projects in these areas. These recovery projects are vital in restoring what plastic pollution has damaged, and they need funding to increase their impact. As of today, we are connected to 20 recovery projects from around the globe.
“In the future, we should have projects from all the developing countries – we have just started our journey.”
- Fernanda Accorsi, Director of Marketing and Communications
We are constantly growing our platform, adding more projects to our site. Connecting you to recovery projects from all parts of the world. Some of the recovery projects on our site have been recommended to us, and sometimes we find new projects online and feel inspired by their social and environmental impact. It’s important to us that we work with projects with a direct, verifiable, and positive impact on local communities. Many of the projects we work with not only recover plastic but also educate and offer aid to local communities that need it the most.
Recovery project Esperanza, in India
Esperanza is a plastic waste management company located in Punjab, India. Esperanza is India’s only recycling company that provides end-to-end plastic waste management services across the plastic value chain. They offer consistent high-quality recycled resin to manufacturers and converters and are actively closing the loop of plastic use.
Only 20% of the collected waste in India is sorted and processed. The remaining 80% is dumped as mixed waste into the 1,684 landfills that India currently has. Landfills are the cheapest, short-term option for managing solid waste. On average, most urban local bodies spend Rs. 500-1,500 (6.30-19 USD) per ton of waste on ‘tipping fees’ for collecting, transporting, treating, and disposing of waste in dump sites.
Esperanza operates with a cyclic approach to recycling, reducing the amount of plastic ending up in landfills. Their 7-step process is based on “Plaschemy,” a process by which they mechanically recycle all kinds of plastic waste. They convert even the hard-to-recycle materials into new, usable, and safe products that reduce the dependence on virgin plastics.
With this approach of circulating all plastics in the supply chain and closing the loop of recycled materials, they create a ‘Circular’ process for the benefit of the people and the planet. The project also works closely with waste pickers for ethical sourcing of plastic scrap, educating them on material handling & segregation knowledge, giving them fair income opportunities, and medical care, and helping them improve their livelihoods in India.
“The major challenge in the industry is the lack of knowledge on hazards of single-use plastic waste, the importance of segregation & recycling and life of frontline workers… A huge awareness campaign is needed at micro & macro levels to touch upon these issues and we believe educating school children is the first step in the process as they are the building blocks of our society. Therefore, whatever revenue will be generated will be utilized in awareness & educative activities, medical camps, material handling & segregation workshops.
We plan to add more collection centers in Northern India for maximum recovery of plastic waste, which will generate more income opportunities for waste pickers and women employed in these facilities.”
- William Pal Singh, Co-Founder & Director at Esperanza
Through Plastiks marketplace you can sponsor Esperanza by buying Plastic Recovery Guarantees. Together with Plastiks PRGs, a total of 12,000 kg of plastics can be recovered as of today.
Recovery project Second Life, in Thailand and Indonesia
One more recently added project is Second life, actively working on islands around Thailand and Indonesia. Second Life is a social enterprise engaged primarily in ocean plastic recovery and recycling through informal collectors. Since its start in 2020, they’ve collected and recycled over 2 million kilos of plastic, prioritizing vulnerable communities or biodiversity hotspots. This recovery is on behalf of brands like Caudalie, MARS, Clarins and others who want to offset their plastic footprint via plastic credits.
Despite Thailand’s high municipal solid waste collection and recycling rate of 88.8%, the remaining uncollected plastic waste and many unsanitary disposal facilities result in an estimated 428 000 tonnes of mismanaged plastic waste per year. Most plastic waste is generated in rural areas which is then washed-off into rivers and the marine environment.
Collecting plastic from islands and beaches is a labor-intensive process, with high costs associated with delivering ocean plastic back to the mainland to be recycled. This results in the cost of collecting plastic being higher than the selling price. To account for extra costs, Second Life is effectively raising the market price for ocean plastic. Making it possible for waste pickers to make a solid living.
Second life works together with other organizations in a network that creates a better life for locals, a better environment, and a better future. Plastiks connected with Second life in June 2022 and are very thrilled to be connecting them to the rest of the world, helping them pursue their goal of collecting and recycling 50,000,000 kgs per year from the beaches and island communities around Thailand and Indonesia.
READ MORE: Second Life on Plastiks marketplace
How to sponsor a recovery project
Every business uses plastic in its daily operation, some more than others. Fortunately, as a company, you can generate a direct environmental impact in the local communities that you choose by sponsoring these plastic recovery projects. You can empower their impactful stories and together you can share them and engage civil society in all initiatives.
Our platform embraces plastic recovery projects in locations where it’s most needed and connects them with sponsoring companies on a recovery guarantee system with clear guidelines and prices.
On Plastiks marketplace you can see an overview of and read more about all our connected projects and decide which one(s) you’d like to sponsor.
Do you want to connect your business with Plastiks and become a plastic recovery contributor? You are welcome to contact our advisors to find a suitable solution for your business.