Target: David Katz, Entrepreneur and Founder of The Plastic Bank
Goal: Applaud The Plastic Bank’s efforts to turn plastic waste into an opportunity to end global poverty
Plastic waste fills our cities, our landfills, and flows out into our oceans. One entrepreneur, David Katz, thought of a feasible plan to turn all this plastic waste into opportunities for poverty-stricken communities to break the cycle of suffering and rise above societal challenges. He calls his social enterprise “The Plastic Bank,” and aims to lead the movement to a greater social demand for “social plastic,” which is collected plastic waste that can be re-purposed.
Many developing countries around the world cannot afford to fund waste management services, so plastic waste is washed out from the streets into nearby waterways. The Plastic Bank targets motivated people in impoverished communities to clean up plastic waste, while simultaneously targeting corporations to buy products made from these recycled materials. Katz and his team want to turn waste collectors into “micro-recycling entrepreneurs” and encourage them to recruit friends and family members to join the effort in poor, polluted communities. To help these people break the cycle of poverty, they will be offered credits to buy credits for useful items that can be 3D printed. The Plastic Bank has already begun creating new and useful items from recycled plastic from waterways and believes that 3D printing is the future of hope.
Sign the below petition to applaud David Katz and The Plastic Bank for developing this inspiring plan to clean up the environment and provide employment opportunities and resources in impoverished communities.
Dear Mr. Katz,
As with the case of plastic waste pollution, environmental issues and societal problems are often intertwined and interconnected. The concept behind The Plastic Bank is very promising for both the global waste issue and problems associated with worldwide poverty. You have remained ahead of the curve with 3D printing technology and imagined practical ways to put these concepts to work for the world’s most vulnerable people.
I am urging you to work with local environmental experts and anti-poverty nonprofits in your target locations to strike a balance between waste cleanup and entrepreneurship. With your guidance, unemployed people in impoverished areas can find hope in improving their families’ situations and feel good about the positive work they’re doing for the environment. Please continue working with major corporations around the world to drive the demand for social plastic and enlist the help of students and volunteers to spearhead the efforts on the ground.
[Your Name Here]
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