Our Planet Needs US.

Large scale plastic production began in the 1950s, and it's only increased exponentially. Now we're facing a plastic pollution crisis 70 years in the making. The time to reverse it is now.

Current plastic debt: 9,347,945,205 Tonnes

300 million Tonnes of plastic debt Added every year.

If nothing is done by the year 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea.

The Plastic Journey

Of all the plastic ever produced, 9% has been recycled.

The rest is either burned or goes to landfills, open dumps, and the environment.

Or it's exported to developing countries

Developed countries typically export their plastic trash to developing countries where approximately 70% of waste is mismanaged and ends up polluting the environment.

In 2017, developed countries exported 3.78 million tonnes of plastic waste to developing countries.

Click to see the path of exported plastic

United States

The United States generates more plastic waste than any other country in the world. As much as half of its plastic waste is exported overseas, 88% of which is sent to developing countries with ineffective waste management systems.

Countries exported to: China, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Senegal, Turkey, Ghana, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Ecuador, Philippines

United Kingdom

The UK exports roughly two-thirds of its plastic waste because of their lack of infrastructure to recycle. They are currently one of the biggest producers of plastic waste, second to the US. Countries exported to: Turkey, Malaysia, Poland, Indonesia, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Hong Kong.

And a lot of it pollutes the ocean

Ocean currents send the plastic waste into massive gyres, wreaking havoc on ecosystems.

Learn more about major plastic gyres

North Pacific Gyre

North Pacific Gyre

This gyre is where the famous Great Pacific Garbage Patch can be found. It is estimated that the area of this patch is 1.6 million km2.

Indian Ocean Gyre

The Indian Ocean Gyre is a complex system of many currents extending from the eastern coast of Africa to the western coast of Australia. The plastic waste gathered here extends between 2.1 to 5km2.

South Pacific Gyre

Located to the north of the Equator and west to Australia, researchers have discovered a “soup” of concentrated marine debris that has an estimated area of 2.6km2.

North Atlantic Gyre

The center of the gyre zone is located in the middle of the North Atlantic, where a garbage patch has been circulating for years. The size of the garbage patch is difficult to measure as much of it is now beneath the surface.

South Atlantic Gyre

A subtropical gyre located in the southern Atlantic Ocean. The area of the garbage patch here is estimated to be the smallest at 0.7km2.

So we’re starting on the ground, at the epicenter of it all.

We’ve seen firsthand the toll plastic waste has on developing countries who lack the infrastructure and resources to deal with it. That’s where we come in. Our mission is to reverse the damage done by plastic waste in vulnerable areas and build a future where plastic neutrality is a reality.

That’s why we’re focusing our efforts on the ground, in countries hit worst by the mismanagement of plastic waste. With offices in the Philippines, the United States* and Singapore*, and plans to expand on-the-ground operations to some of the most plastic polluted countries in the world.

CURRENT OFFICES & OPERATIONS

Philippines

United States

Singapore

BY 2025, WE PLAN TO EXPAND COLLECTION EFFORTS TO:

China

Indonesia

vietnam

sri lanka

thailand

Ghana

Malaysia

Kenya

Bangladesh

+ more

Let’s get to work.

Join us in the collective fight to eliminate and reduce plastic waste in the world.

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Who is Talking About Us

"Our partnership with PCX is one of the key enablers of CPFI in achieving Plastic Neutrality in support of our sustainability goals."

Greg Banzon

Chief Operating Officer, Century Pacific Food, Inc.

"Unilever seeks to build meaningful partnerships and we are grateful to work with PCX through our shared mission to support communities and protect the environment."

Ed Sunico

Vice President for Communications for South East Asia, Unilever

"Working with Plastic Credit Exchange allows us to take direct responsibility for the environmental impact of our packaging, and actually do something to help take plastic out of the environment."

Lee Zalben

Founder & CEO, Peanut Butter & Co.

"PepsiCo realizes no single organization or industry can solve the plastic waste challenge on their own. That is why we’re working with PCX to accelerate systemic change and meaningful progress through collaborative, holistic and sustainable solutions."

Anne Marie Corominas

Corporate Affairs Head for the Philippines and Asia, PepsiCo