5 minute lesson
What if we could eliminate most of the world’s plastic waste, alleviate poverty, and clean up our oceans all at the same time?
The Plastic Bank is making this dream a reality! They have created a bank where people can redeem collected plastic for credits towards goods and services.
In March of 2015, they launched their first Plastic Bank in Haiti. Here, the Plastic Bank is helping people make a sustainable income, creating financial stability for families, and giving people the ability to have a stable future.
To give us a first-hand look at what they are doing on the ground we have a great piece from one of our favorite creators, Great Big Story.
So, what happens to all of this plastic? Well, it becomes a part of something called Social Plastic. The Social Plastic ecosystem is a way for individuals and major companies to help fund Plastic Bank and use more recycled plastic in their packaging!
Imagine what the world would look like if recycling plastic waste could help end cycles of poverty. If people don’t have to worry about how they are going to find their next meal, educate their kids, or keep a roof over their heads, people’s lives and communities really can see change.
Great Big Story is a global media company devoted to cinematic storytelling. Headquartered in New York, with a bureau in London, our studios create and distribute micro-docs and short films, as well as series for digital, social, TV and theatrical release.