Author: Alexandria Mitterbaur

Greiner Packaging extends cooperation with Plastic Bank

In recent years, 331.5 tons of plastic waste were collected, the equivalent of 16.5 million plastic bottles. Together in the fight against plastic waste entering the world’s oceans, Greiner Packaging has been cooperating with Plastic Bank since 2019. Greiner Packaging supported the launch of five Plastic Bank collection branches in Manila in the Philippines – one of the world’s largest plastic waste-producing countries.

Advancing a circular economy and fighting poverty

Plastic Bank empowers Ocean Stewards to stop ocean plastic. The ethical collection communities exchange plastic for life-improving benefits. Exchanges are recorded through a blockchain-secured platform that enables traceable collection, secures income, and verifies reporting. The collected material is processed into Social Plastic® feedstock for reuse in products and packaging.We still have a long way to go before we achieve a global circular economy. Partnerships such as the ones between Greiner Packaging and Plastic Bank are an essential step in the right direction. In addition to advancing a circular economy and preventing plastic waste in the oceans, it also improves the lives of those who help collect it.

"Our partnership demonstrates that a circular economy is possible. The cycle from plastic waste carelessly thrown into the environment to recycled granulate that companies can use to make new products is a prime example of the potential offered by initiatives like this"

Manfred Stanek, CEO of Greiner Packaging

Establishing plastic waste as a valuable raw material

Plastic Bank is revealing value in plastic. Collection community members no longer see plastic as waste but as a valuable resource. This is a significant step towards reducing plastic pollution in the oceans. By giving collection community members access to life-improving benefits such as secure income, health, work, and life insurance, digital connectivity, and social and fintech services. Plastic Bank empowers communities to build a better future – not only in the Philippines but also in, Indonesia, Brazil, and Egypt.

Continuation of the successful cooperation

To continue the fight against plastic waste in the world’s oceans, Greiner Packaging is extending its successful cooperation with Plastic Bank for another year. In recent years, Plastic Bank has been able to collect 331.5 tons of plastic waste – the equivalent of 16.5 million plastic bottles – with the support of Greiner Packaging. Pollution of the oceans is one of the major ecological challenges. As a packaging company, Greiner Packaging is aware of its responsibility towards nature and society.

More information about the cooperation can be found here.

Author:

Alexandria Mitterbaur

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