COMMUNITY FAIR TRADE RECYCLED PLASTIC
WE’RE COMMITTED TO TACKLING THE PLASTIC CRISIS DIFFERENTLY
We want to find a use for the plastic that already exists in the world. By using Community Fair Trade recycled plastic from India, where almost a third of waste goes uncollected, we’re fighting for people and the planet by supporting plastic "waste pickers" with access to more sanitary working conditions, a fair price and the respect and recognition they deserve.
FOUR WAYS PLASTIC WASTE AFFECTS PEOPLE
NO WASTE MANAGEMENT
Over 3 billion people around the planet are living in countries without waste management – that’s almost half of the world’s population.
WASTE PICKERS ARE VULNERABLE
India alone has 1.5 million waste pickers working in the informal sector to clean up their streets and cities.
In 2015, the price waste pickers received for the plastic they collected dropped by 60%*. The price has recently dropped even further.
Waste pickers are vulnerable to harassment, displacement and limited access to decent health and financial services.
*60% price drop data provided by Plastics for Change, based on their research.
MEET OUR COMMUNITY FAIR TRADE PARTNERS, PLASTICS FOR CHANGE
Plastics for Change are a for-profit organization that partners with local NGOs Hasiru Dala and Hasiru Dala Innovation (HDI) to provide Bengaluru’s waste pickers with a stable income and better opportunities.
These partnerships help integrate marginalized waste workers and waste pickers into organized waste management by utilizing their expertise. For HDI, their main focus is improving the livelihoods of waste pickers so that they can boost their entrepreneurial skills. They also provide training for other useful skills, including urban gardening.
CASE STUDY: THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE OUR PARTNERSHIP POSSIBLE
Annamma was a waste picker since she was a child. Now she is a manager of a Dry Waste Collection Center.
With the help of Plastics for Change and Hasiru Dala, Annamma received managerial training and now employs a number of people, including her husband. Annamma’s daughter is attending a plastic engineering course. Annamma wants her daughter to stay in the waste management business.
He had a difficult childhood watching his mother struggle when they lost his father, but discovering he could make money from waste picking allowed him to build his future.
With the help of Plastics for Change and Hasiru Dala, Krishna went from waste picking to collecting waste from 24 different locations in the city. Now, he manages a team that provides a monthly waste collection service for 3-star hotels. Krishna has high ambitions for the future of other waste pickers in Bengaluru.