Plastic pollution is a major threat to the environment & your business has a vital role to play!Support Plastic Collection
Collecting & recycling just 10 kgs of plastic means saving over 20 kg of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere & allowing thousands of marine animals to thrive.
Together, we can make plastic collection a success too!
Customers & employees value businesses that are showcasing responsibility and taking action against climate change.
Customers are prepared to switch their purchases to businesses that make a social impact & support local communities around the world.
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Climate change matters to all of us and as a business, you have a responsibility to take action and act as a multiplicator for doing good.
Plastic pollution is one of the greatest environmental issues we are facing since it affects all life on earth from land to the sea. Collecting plastic waste can help local communities & generate income.
Plastic is collected in the countries of the Global South in collaboration with our local partners.
SDG contribution. All of our projects support at least one of the SDGs and are focused on the issues in the region.
Ethical codex. Only projects with high ethical standards & fair wages are chosen.
Community involvement. We only support projects that empower and involve local communities.
Co-benefit. We work with projects that include social and/or environmental co-benefits.
End-of-life management. There is no illegal dumping of the waste & the fate of the waste is clearly reported.
Technological readiness. All collected waste is tracked and recorded.
Since October 2021 GROW MY TREE has been committed to the UN Global Compact corporate responsibility initiative and its principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.
GROW MY TREE is a proud member of B.A.U.M. e.V. whose mission is to sensitize companies, municipalities and organizations to the concerns of preventive environmental protection as well as the vision of sustainable management and to support them in the ecologically effective, economically sensible and socially just implementation.
GROW MY TREE, as a green tech company, is always looking for new tech solutions and is in exchange with many universities as well as with the Greentech Alliance.
In addition, GROW MY TREE works with CarbonSpace, one of the most prominent players in the field of CO2 visualization of ecosystems, to constantly evaluate the CO2 values of reforestation projects and feed the values back to universities.
To understand how we can best work together, please give us some information about your request. We will get in touch with you as soon as possible and look forward to working with you!
Where is the plastic collected from?
Plastic is collected from various sources, depending on local needs and regional context. Generally the waste is collected from the beach, rivers, water ways, illegal dumpsites.
Why do we work in countries of the Global South?
Plastic pollution is most problematic in the Global South, where waste systems are inefficient or non-existent. One of the main source of their pollution problem is the waste exported from the western countries (e.g. EU, USA) that cannot be appropriately managed. Furthermore, by collecting plastic in the Global South, we can provide local communities with valuable income and education opportunities and empower vulnerable groups like women where it is needed the most.
What happens to the recyclable waste?
Generally, the waste gets sorted between recyclable and non-recyclable waste. The recyclable waste is transported to the recycling facilities, where it gets recycled and reused for various purposes.
What happens to the non-recyclable products?
This depends on the project. In locations where there are alternative solutions to landfill, the collected waste can be used for producing alternatives to fuel and/or molding the waste into bricks for construction. However, in some cases there is no technology and/or solution yet in place to deal with the non-recyclable waste, so the waste gets taken to a legal landfill. The waste ending up in the legal-landfill is not the desired solution, however it might be the only one currently available and preferable to illegal dumpsites. We aim to help projects find alternative solutions.
Why is it more expensive to collect plastic than to plant trees?
Tree-planting and plastic collection cannot directly be compared in terms of cost structure and pricing. There are many reasons behind this: i) There is a lot more labour needed to collect tonnes of plastic than it is to grow trees. ii) The plastic does not only need to be collected, but it needs to be weighed, sorted, and appropriately disposed of. iii) The disposal of plastic requires often the modification of the material, transport to a recycling facility and work at the recycling facility which again requires multiple labour. iv) There is the equipment needed for the collection: gloves, garbage trucks, safety protection, garbage bags). v) Recycling is still expensive.So even if it might seem counterintuitive, there are many reasons behind the price difference. This highlights the importance of getting engaged in the plastic topic: Collecting plastics is expensive - yet so important for the future of our planet!