Plastic … did you know?


You’ll never see plastic in the same light after these three stories. The Plastic Bank tackles poverty with plastic as currency. Preserve turns yesterday’s yogurt cups into tomorrow’s toothbrush. And Dirtball transforms plastic water bottles into Green Jeans.
New Bank Creates Currency from Plastic Waste in the Ocean

What if all the plastic trash currently polluting waterways could be used as currency? Photo: Shutterstock
Every day, people contribute 13,000 to 15,000 pieces of plastic to the ocean, harming hundreds of thousands of marine creatures and seabirds. David Katz hopes to change that with The Plastic Bank, a new social enterprise he founded to curtail ocean-polluting plastic by encouraging people to treat it as currency.
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                                                                                 Yogurt Cups, Butter Containers Reborn as Toothbrushes, Razors
“If there’s any way to make a product more recyclable, that’s something that we want to be a part of,” says Eric Hudson, founder of Preserve, a company that wants your #5 plastics to turn them into toothbrushes, razors and food storage containers.
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                                                                                 1 Pair of Green Jeans Keeps 10 Water Bottles from Landfills
There’s nothing dirty about Dirtball’s Green Jeans. Each eco-friendly pair is made from recycled pre-consumer cotton and between eight and 10 water bottles.
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