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Data last verified: Monday, 02/05/2024

1Ocean-bound plastic

Plastic Bank operates under the global standard defined by Jenna Jambeck. Ocean-bound plastic is defined as plastic that has not yet found its way into the ocean but is classified as "mismanaged waste". That is, plastic that is not being (formally) collected, is not likely to be collected, and is found within 50km of an ocean-bound waterway or coastal area.

2Community Members

Individuals within a recycling community who collect plastic and exchange it at a Plastic Bank collection branch for secure income and life-improving benefits.

3Equivalent Bottles Stopped

The amount of ocean-bound plastic collected and recycled in our recycling communities converted into bottles. Conversion rate is 50 bottles per kg (the average weight of a 500mL bottle is ~20g)

4Recycling Communities

Community of plastic collectors living within 50 kilometres of ocean-bound waterways involved in plastic collection and its exchange at Plastic Bank collection points.


Alchemy is the blockchain platform that powers the Plastic Bank app. It enables fully traceable recycling processes, secures income for recycling community members and tailors impact reports for our stewards.

Prix Voltaire

Prix Voltaire International • Noordwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands • 2019

This award is granted to a person making a difference through activities which are of substantial relevance to society and have a clear innovative identity.

Created by Nyenrode Business University, based on the 17 sustainable development goals initiated by the United Nations. Individuals fighting for innovation and development, against dogmas or modern institutions just like the French philosopher Voltaire did, are therefore very urgently needed. 

We call them the Friendly Fighters For Future-proof Fundamentals. They are an example for us all with their spirit of persistence, belief, vision, enthusiasm, persuasion and last but not least: action. They go on and continue where others stop, for the benefit of us all. These individuals deserve our attention and warm support.