The Plastic Bank Wins Sustainability Award in Paris

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Is changing the way we see garbage the best way to reduce global poverty and stop plastic entering the ocean, all at the same time?

The Sustainia Community Award, which is given to a solution, technology or initiative with significant potential to build a more sustainable future, was awarded to The Plastic Bank at the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris.

The Vancouver-based social enterprise encourages people living in poverty to collect and exchange waste plastic for such things as money, solar-powered phone charging, Wi-Fi, sustainable cooking fuels, water purification, fortified rice, toys, and soap.