The US manufacturer of home cleaning products SC Johnson and the environmental organization Plastic Bank will open several plastic recycling centers in Indonesia, offering tokens to collect waste, according to a press release published Sunday, October 28.
SC Johnson, which owns brands such as Glade, Ziploc and Mr. Muscle, has revealed recent scientific data on the plastic pollution of the ocean, stating that five Asian countries – China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand – represent more of 55 percent of plastic waste that loses in the ocean.
With the help of Plastic Bank, SC Johnson will open eight plastic collection centers throughout Indonesia. The first was officially inaugurated in the tourist mecca of Bali on 28 October, while other centers should be operational by May 2019. After the opening of the network in Indonesia, SC Johnson hopes to expand the program in neighboring Asian countries.
In these centers, local collectors can exchange plastic waste for digital tokens, which can then be used to purchase goods and services through a decentralized system. The press release notes that the use of blockchain in the distribution of tokens could help reduce the risk of loss or theft of pay.
This blockchain solution, companies believe, will not only help combat the problem of marine pollution, but could reduce the level of poverty in Indonesia, according to Plastic Bank founder and CEO David Katz.
Blockchain technology is widely used in charitable programs because of its sustainability and its high level of security. For example, the United Nations (UN) has created a special panel on digital cooperation, which explicitly puts blockchain technology on the agenda.
Recent examples of the use of blockchain by the UN include the United Nations project in the Jordanian refugee camps, where fugitives get their salaries directly using the blockchain. Payments within the program can also be made via a decentralized system where you can buy food or goods using a scan of iris instead of cash or cards.
The decentralized solutions are also used in the area of environmental protection, in particular in the renewable solar energy sector. For example, the main service provider of Singapore SP Group recently announced the launch of a market for the sale of renewable energy certificates.