David Katz: The surprising solution to ocean plastic
David Katz - Plastics alchemist
David is founder and CEO of The Plastic Bank, the world’s only organization to monetize plastic waste and provide an opportunity for the world's disadvantaged to collect and trade plastic waste as a currency. Full bio
the fastest rate of extinction ever,
standing in front of you,
thing we need to do
you're going to panic;
for the ocean?
over 300 million ton
150 million ton already there.
that have extreme poverty.
is available to be purchased
are more like community centers,
she gets to bring the material back to us,
we check it for quality,
into her account.
into an online account for her.
it becomes an asset
and get it ready for export.
than walking over acres of diamonds.
no way to exchange them,
daughters' school tuition
the use of social plastic
directly into their manufacturing.
from ocean-bound waterways
with an impoverished church in Cairo.
to deposit that value
around the world.
hundreds around the world.
in recycling infrastructure
currency that, when used,
and cleans the environment
it's social plastic,
of the people who encounter it,
a four-trillion-dollar value.
is managed and supported
authentic transfer of value globally.
in Vancouver or Berlin,
building bricks or cell phone minutes
at a center in Port-au-Prince,
cooking fuel or cash
and the Philippines.
to India and Ethiopia.
volumes every day.
of our program with Henkel,
over 100 million kilograms
hundreds of millions of dollars
cleaning the ocean is futile.
About the speaker:David Katz - Plastics alchemist
David is founder and CEO of The Plastic Bank, the world’s only organization to monetize plastic waste and provide an opportunity for the world's disadvantaged to collect and trade plastic waste as a currency.
Why you should listen
David Katz is the founder and CEO of The Plastic Bank, an internationally recognized solution to ocean plastic. The Plastic Bank is a global network of micro-recycling markets that empower the poor to transcend poverty by cleaning the environment. It's an eco-system that provides an opportunity for the world to collect and trade plastic waste as a currency. Global partners include IBM, Shell Energy and Henkel.
Katz is the recipient of the 2017 United Nations Lighthouse award for Planetary Health, recipient of the Paris Climate Conference Sustainia community award, is the Past President of the Vancouver Chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), and named the Entrepreneur Organizations, Global Citizen. He has also been named one of the world’s most compassionate entrepreneurs by Salt magazine.
His humanitarian work has earned him international recognition. Katz has been featured in Forbes, TIME Magazine, Fast Company and National Geographic. He's featured in an award-winning documentary and starred in an international reality television show. David is a steward of the earth and a champion for the poor.
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