Can plastic waste empower people?

The Body Shop has committed to tackling the plastic crisis differently. Their Community Trade plastic helps to empower waste pickers with access to more sanitary working conditions, a fair price and the respect and recognition they deserve.

How We’re Helping To Tackle Plastic Pollution from The Body Shop

The P-word 

It’s no secret that plastic pollution has become a global crisis and the planet is drowning in plastic. It affects marine and ocean life, but it affects people too. In India, almost a third of waste is uncollected. This has given rise to 1.5 million people known as ‘waste pickers’ who collect this waste in the informal sector. 

A Green Force  

In Bengaluru, The Body Shop is working with an organisation who proudly call themselves the ‘Green Force’, who partner with the waste pickers who work tirelessly to clean up their city’s streets. Despite their invaluable work, ‘waste pickers’ are often vulnerable to harassment by the police, constant displacement and have little to no access to health and financial services. The Body Shop believes it’s time to empower, support and celebrate them. 

Plastics for change

An abundant resource of recyclable plastic already exists. That’s why The Body Shop has started using Community Trade recycled plastic from Bengaluru, India. This not only helps tackle the existing plastic problem, but it also helps to empower the waste pickers they support in Bengaluru with access to more sanitary working conditions, a fair price and the respect and recognition they deserve. The Body Shop have started using their Community Trade recycled plastic in our 250ml Shampoo and Conditioner bottles.

This story shows how The Body Shop supports Goal 1: No Poverty, specifically Target 1.4: “By 2030, ensure that all men and women, particularly the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership, and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology, and financial services including microfinance.”

The Body Shop 

Founded in 1979, The Body Shop is a British cosmetics, skincare and perfume company. With over 3,000 stores in more than 65 countries, it brings a unique blend of ethical beauty with a sense of humour and serious purpose to the world.

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