Many people dislike problems in their lives. After all, they are problems, which must be solved or dealt with in order to move on with another process. They take time, effort, and energy — energy we’d rather be spending on the things we like to do like skiing, reading, going to the park with our kids, or hanging out on the beach.
However, if we didn’t have problems, we wouldn’t have the wheel, the nail, the compass, gunpower, the printing press, the internal combustion engine, the telephone, the light bulb, penicillin, and even Facebook and social media. For whatever reason in our human psyche, when we have a problem, that problem becomes an impetus to fix it.
This is how KW Plastics began. We saw the problem of plastics building up in our landfills, so we began our plastic recycling company. Another problem has been the impetus of out next blog topic — ocean plastic. Social plastic has begun to make a dent in the huge and overwhelming problem of plastic in our oceans and our waterways. Below, we’ll explain how. Contact KW Plastics for to unload your scrap plastic or to purchase plastic resin pellets today!
WHAT IS SOCIAL PLASTIC?
Social plastic is plastic that is collected by the poor in the developing world in exchange for other much-needed goods and services. Backed by the Plastic Bank, people can collect plastic and exchange it for communities. Founded by David Katz and Shaun Frankson, the Plastic Bank is changing lives of people in impoverished countries and cleaning up our environment.
HOW DID THE IDEA OF SOCIAL PLASTIC COME ABOUT
David Katz noticed a problem. He is an avid scuba diver and swimmer and noticed with increasing concern the growing amount of trash in our oceans. He realized that unless we all do something to help, this problem will never diminish. Yet, a garbage truck of plastic is being dumped into the ocean of every minute of every day — an overwhelming task. He next realized that it is impoverished countries who are struggling every day just to put food on the table who are responsible for 80% of this trash dumpage. Recycling is one of the last concerns of those who are struggling.
Hence, the idea came to pay people to collect plastic in these poor and impoverished countries, which would be a win-win for all. People would now be able to pay for their kids’ schooling and have money to put food on the table, as well as help rid the ocean of plastic. Once the plastic is collected, they are taken to recycling centers in countries such as Haiti, Philippines, Brazil, India, and Ethiopia and then the currency they get in collecting plastic can then be spent — all from collecting plastic garbage — in stores for the ultra-poor. These stores have everything for purchase, from school tuition, cell phones, internet usage and gasoline to food and medical insurance. The plastic is then sorted and packed into bales for export to be sold to plastic recycling companies, such as KW Plastics, and others who then use this social plastics in their products.
HOW YOU CAN HELP THE ENVIRONMENT — ALL BY SOLVING A PROBLEM
The amazing thing is that you can help in a profound way. When you purchase products that use social plastic from these companies, you are, in effect, helping to clean up the oceans and relieve poverty at the same time. In some places at participating recycling centers, you can bring in your recycling, and instead of taking the money from the recycled plastic, you can then donate it back to the company who will use it to help the poor all over the world. When you recycle, you support recyclers.
Furthermore, The Plastic Bank promotes plastic neutrality, which is investing in recycling programs where it doesn’t exist. Through using blockchain technology (which is what cryptocurrency uses to exist), social plastic can now be used as money as a currency like cryptocurrency. When used as such, you are helping alleviate poverty and clean the environment at the same time.
The Plastic Bank has collected hundreds of tons of material and our partners are committing to using hundreds of millions of social plastic in their products. It is estimated that humanity has made eight trillion kilograms of plastic since its inception and production 100 years ago. It is estimated that most of that still exists today. If plastic is worth .50 for one kilogram, that translates to almost $4 trillion, which could change the life of millions of poor people around the world.
WHERE KW PLASTICS STANDS
KW Plastics does our part to help the environment by buying scrap plastic and then recycling this scrap plastic into plastic resin pellets that are then sold to manufacturers who use this scrap plastic recycling in their products. We are helping keep our landfills empty of plastic and help reduce the overall amount of plastic that is produced.
KW Plastics fully supports The Plastic Bank in their mission to clean up the oceans of hundreds of millions of ocean plastic trash while helping the poor improve their lives. Recycling is all of our responsibilities, especially since we in the West use the lion’s share of plastic products. By helping others through education and incentivizing the collection of plastic, we can help change the world and, as David Katz says, “Be a part of the solution instead of the pollution.” Contact us today for all your scrap plastic buying needs!
*All statistics from David Katz’s TED Talk online from Dec 2017.