Updated Mar 29, 2019

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Plastics for Change is using mobile technology to reduce plastic pollution and create resilient livelihoods for the urban poor in developing countries.

Plastics for Change is using mobile technology to reduce plastic pollution and create resilient livelihoods for the urban poor in developing countries.
Plastics for Change is using mobile technology to reduce plastic pollution and create resilient livelihoods for the urban poor in developing countries.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Plastics for Change is using mobile technology to reduce plastic pollution and create resilient livelihoods for the urban poor in developing countries.

Focus Areas:

Climate Change and Resilience, Economic Empowerment and Supply Chains

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Implemented In:

India

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1
Country Implemented In
50,000
Customers
7
Employees
$150,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Wastepickers are some of the most marginalized members of society with multiple barriers to formal employment, Therefore when the market price of plastic falls, their livelihoods are severely impacted. In most developing countries the informal recycling supply chain in developing countries is a very exploitative system, highly dysfunctional with inefficient supply chains. Therefore it is difficult for the industry to source consistent supplies of high quality recycled plastic.

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Solution

PFC has developed an ethical sourcing platform to create sustainable livelihoods for the poor, while transitioning the industry towards a circular economy. It catalyzes the recovery and recycling of plastics waste in a profitable manner while helping brands meet and exceed their extended producer responsibility. It creates transparency and accountability from the base of the supply chain to the manufacturer, resulting in efficient shared-value chains and higher quality recycled plastic.

Target Beneficiaries

Wastepicker community in India - 50% of whom are women. This is one of the most marginalised and exploited communities in India.

Mission and Vision

We're on a mission to change the environmental and social impact of plastic pollution by fighting climate change, creating livelihoods and reducing plastic pollution.

Competitive Advantage

Our deal process and mobile platform creates a mutually beneficial value chain for all stakeholders. It helps wholesalers source plastic from waste pickers and also provides access to high value markets with brands by addressing three problems: 1. Reducing volatility in price by facilitating long-term relationships with buyers who guarantee a fair minimum rate in advance 2. Providing access to working capital finance to ensure prompt payment can occur at the point of exchange throughout the supply chain. 3. Preventing the exploitation of informal waste workers through peer to peer rating system and audit system Due to our "uber" model, we are able to replicate and scale our operations quickly at a fraction of the typical cost.

Planned Goals and Milestones

In the next 5 years, PFC aims to: Scale to 30 cities that lack waste management infrastructure Provide fair market access to 50000 users through our platform Build partnerships with 15 global brands, creating markets for the recycled plastics.
Funding Goal250,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted25,000
New Implemented CountriesPhilippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka
Recruit1 management, 4 field coordinators, 1 compliance and finance, 1 brand partnerships
New FeatureDevelop newer/efficient technologies for infrastructure development of recycling facilities.

The Team Behind the Innovation

We currently have 7 member team at PFC. Andrew Almack’s (CEO) entire career has been focused plastic pollution and reducing poverty. Alongside him are staff members Shifrah Jacobs (Brand Partnerships), Chandan MC (Programs and Development), Srinidhi Kashyap (Operations), Harish Kumar (Supply Chain), Akash Shetti (Programs) and Mia Bower (Marketing). We further have an advisory board - together our team has a collective 100 years experience robust experience working with the informal recycling economy. We need a team member who has experience scaling organizations rapidly.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
TYPEEquity
FOCUS AREAS
Economic Growth and Trade
Implemented InIndia
Mar 2018
In The News
ORGANIZATIONForbesForbes
Jul 2015
Created
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
India

Supporting Materials

Investor-Deck-Plastics-For-Change.pdf