Parwati is one of thousands of bottle collectors in Bali, Indonesia. Women and men like her form the very foundation of the recycled plastic supply chain. These people work hard every day to prevent ocean bound plastic from reaching our oceans. In turn this collection effort allows that same plastic to be valued and recycled rather than wasted in our environment.
These collectors form the essential role required for fuelling global plastic sustainability at the scale needed for real change. The bottles these collectors pick up go through a rigorous process which allows their raw material content to be used again and again in new products on shelves around the world. Their actions close the waste growth trajectory and replace it with the more sophisticated circular economy for plastics.