India operates under an informal recycling and scrap picking economy, Almack explains. “Ninety percent is informal. They’re generally not registered companies. There’s a lot of varying forms of exploitation that happens in the informal, unregulated sector,” including child labor.
Our fair trade journey began with a bold idea. That plastic could be used as a resource to reduce poverty. We launched a crowdfunding campaign titled “The World's First Fair Trade System for Urban Waste Pickers.” This campaign was successful and provided the seed funding to get started.
The recent bans on single-use plastic are starting to break through to consumers. While the intangible nature of climate change is still difficult to understand, a new study from the Shelton Group finds.
Black plastic does not reflect light so cannot be sorted by the scanners. Some citizens have stopped putting black plastic in recycling bins, while some restaurants have stopped using black plastic in packaging.
Plastics For Change and The Body Shop announced a global partnership to launch the first fairly traded recycled plastic. Plastics For Change is certified under the World Fair Trade Organization, the certification announcement coincides in with World Fair Trade Day.
By using this Christmas to recycle 100KG of plastic, you transform plastic pollution into a resource that changes lives. Your 100KG plastic gift will create a new wave of change. We can employ more waste pickers, provide them with better wages and ensure plastic remains out of the environment.
India is believed to generate 25,00 tonnes of plastic waste every day. So much that plastic is entering the food chain. This can alter human hormones and cause life-threatening diseases. Thus, it is imperative for governments to step up and enforce laws to combat this crisis. In 2016 Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) was introduced into the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016. Companies are now at risk of losing their manufacturing license unless they comply with the new laws. Yet with India’s volatile waste management economy, how can these laws become a reality?
To mitigate the ocean plastic crisis we must move towards proper waste management. Every lever should work effectively from reduction to reuse to innovation. When the core elements of waste management are met, a huge leap towards a clean ocean will be made and human life will be improved in the process.
Plastics For Change was crowned the regional winner of the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge 2018 for job creation in Asia. The MIT Challenges is about improving livelihoods through technology rather than replacing jobs.
The traditional informal recycling supply chain in developing countries tends to be a very exploitative system. The waste pickers at the base of the supply chain face numerous challenges when trying to access fair market prices for the discarded plastics they collect.
There is growing pressure for brands to embrace the (EPR). A great many of the global brands are committing to make all of their packaging recyclable. However, there is a massive difference between recycling a product in a laboratory setting versus utilizing the existing recycling infrastructure.
The informal recycling economy is a fundamental component of plastic waste management. This report outlines how the informal actors in developing countries have successfully built businesses on the collection, trade and recycling of plastic waste.
This October, Andrew Almack ( CEO of Plastics For Change ) had the opportunity to speak at the Textile exchange conference in Washington DC. This Q&A session was hosted between Andrew Almack (A) and Liesl Truscott (Q).
Here are the top six factors inhibiting the circular economy in developing regions. We’ve compiled these factors from listening to the members of the informal recycling economy. After all, in developing countries 80-90 percent of the recycling activities are informal.
In May 2016, Plastics for Change was hired by the Ocean Conservancy to conduct a landscape analysis of plastic pollution in Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines. Our specific role was to and research business inclusive models for reducing ocean plastic leakage.