Tacking Ocean Plastic and Global Poverty with IBM Blockchain Technology by IBM
Sustainable Development Goals: 7, 12, 13, 17
- SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
- SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
- SDG 13 - Climate Action
- SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals
IBM plays a key role in advancing the circular economy in their work with The Plastic Bank, which mobilizes recycling entrepreneurs from amongst the world’s most vulnerable communities to clean up plastic waste in exchange for digital currency which they can use for life-changing goods and services. The initiative incentivizes participants to collect plastic waste which would otherwise be discarded due to its lack of value perceived by commercial recyclers. Under this initiative, the flow of discarded plastic to the ocean is interrupted, collectors earn a predictable income, and the plastic returns to commerce as a socially responsible material corporations can purchase to use in their products. The initiative is enabled by IBM Blockchain technology, a secure and trusted platform which tracks the plastic recycling process end to end – from quantities of waste collected, to credit and compensation to collectors, to engaging local institutions such as schools, municipalities, and businesses that accept the digital currency, until the delivery of social plastic to participating corporations.