The Plastic Bank

July 12, 2017

Plastics are everywhere and they are polluting the world. And, as usual, this dangerous and unsightly pollution affects poor countries much more so than rich countries. Luckily, there are people who care about the problem.

The Plastic Bank is one of the coolest organizations out there because they are seeking to serve the poor and fix the environment at the same time. The idea is simple – pay people to clean up plastic before it gets into the oceans. Companies then purchase this “social plastic” and use it to make other things. So, it provides income for the poor, and it provides a way for these plastics to be recycled into something new.

The organization is fairly new, but they have done work in Peru, Columbia, Haiti and The Philippines. People can collect the plastic in exchange for cash and for services. For instance, in Haiti people can exchange the plastic for solar-powered cell-phone charging. That’s a win-win for everyone.

It is so encouraging to see a new non-profit working to benefit the poor and the environment. And, it’s great to see a non-profit encouraging big companies to use their services (social plastic) to better the lives of potentially millions of people, while helping the environment. Plastic pollution is a horrific problem throughout the world, but it is exponentially worse in the 3rd world.

I am proud to be a new supporter of The Plastic Bank. I sent in a form to learn more about ways I can help and I am looking forward to hearing from them. In the meantime, it is my goal to encourage companies, big and small, to sign up to use this wonderful social plastic in their manufacturing processes.

If you would like more information, or you have a need for social plastic in your company, please see here: http://plasticbank.org/story-of-a-social-enterprise/.

Let us continue to support non-profits such as this one, to serve the poor and serve the environment.

Isaiah 58:10 (NRSV): if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.

Serve all with love.

Photo courtesy of: stocksnap.io

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