Our cooperation with Plastic Bank
We are doing something about plastic waste
As a packaging manufacturer, we are well aware of our responsibility to both nature and society. Within this context, the littering of the seas is regarded as one of the biggest ecological challenges of our times and therefore, we have made it our task to help preserve the world for future generations. This is an ambitious goal, but we intend to do everything in our power to achieve it. Plastic waste plays a major role in the global pollution of the oceans and owing to a lack of functional waste disposal systems; this problem is particularly massive in the countries of Asia.
Less plastic waste in the seas and reduced poverty
The cooperation with Plastic Bank® in the battle against the littering of the seas with plastic constitutes another step by Greiner Packaging on its path towards a sustainable circular economy. With its collection centers in the Philippines, Plastic Bank® is seeking to halt the dumping of plastic waste into the ocean through the creation of eco-recycling systems in coastal communities and the processing of the collected material for reintroduction into the global plastics chain. In addition, the Plastic Bank’s® gatherers receive a premium for the material that they collect in order to supplement their otherwise minimum incomes. The recycled material is designated as “Social Plastic®” because it offers both ecological and social benefits.
Opening of five collection centers in Manila
It is precisely on this point that Greiner Packaging has focused its local financial and social commitment. The gatherers bring the plastic to the collection points, where it is sorted and subsequently processed into granulate. This material is then sold to manufacturing companies, which employ recyclate for their products or packaging. At present, 736 members of households are organized as 184 official plastic collection teams in eight communities around Manila.
One the one hand, this strengthens a regenerative society and helps the world to stop the littering of the oceans with plastic. On the other, it improves the lives of those that assist collection. They receive a premium for the plastic that they have gathered in order to cover basic family needs such as food, fuel, school fees or health insurance. At present, Plastic Bank® is active in Haiti, Brazil, Indonesia, the Philippines and Egypt.