P&G, World Vision upcycle plastic sachet waste

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    School chairs fashioned from recovered used plastic.

    P&G Philippines is committed to providing essential health and hygiene products while building a sustainable future by addressing the plastic waste problem for the environment, for communities and the country.

    P&G Philippines and World Vision’s Pag-Asa sa Basura program has recovered a total of 3.2 million pieces of plastic sachets and over 870,000 plastic bottles. Part of P&G’s commitment to help boost plastic waste recovery in the country, partnership has gathered millions of used sachets that could have ended up in landfills or as marine litter but have been successfully been upcycled to produce school chairs with safety dividers.

    After year-round collection efforts over the school year 2019-2020, P&G and World Vision have donated back 1,040 upcycled plastic school chairs to 26 participating schools in Malabon and Quezon City. The chairs are now being used by teachers and parents during pick-up and submission of modules as the schools transition to blended learning and will be even more useful when schools gradually resume face-to-face learning.

    With the strong support of the Department of Education, the P&G and World Vision Pag-asa sa Basura program established links between schools and their respective materials recovery facilities (MRF) to systematize recovery and collection, segregation, recycling, and upcycling efforts. The program rehabilitated the MRFs and distributed collection bins to aid plastic collection and segregation. In return, students also received incentives such as school supplies and gift tokens as reward for collecting plastic waste and turning these over to the MRF for eventual upcycling.

    “P&G is strongly committed to being a Force for Good and a Force for Growth in the country, especially during these challenging times.  We are committed to providing our essential health and hygiene products while building a sustainable future for the environment, communities and the country.  Managing and mitigating plastic waste requires collaborative, innovative and sustainable solutions. Through this program, we enabled multiple stakeholders to be part of the solution, from students and teachers, MRFs and upcycling partners, to LGUs, NGOs and private companies such as P&G,” said  Raffy Fajardo, P&G president and general manager.

    From a manufacturing standpoint, P&G’s Cabuyao manufacturing plant, where most of its trusted health and hygiene brands are produced, is already a certified Zero Manufacturing Waste to Landfill facility. P&G is committed to finding ways to now mitigate post-consumer plastic waste.  It continuously works on creating sustainable brand innovations and solutions that will enable responsible consumption among its consumers.

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