4 Octobre 2023
To help stem the tide on ocean plastic and to secure a sustainable future for generations to come, M.B. Nieuwenhuijse and LC Packaging have supported the extraction of 50,000 kg of ocean-bound plastic through their partnership with Plastic Bank.
About 1.5 years ago, LC Packaging and M.B. Nieuwenhuijse decided to look into initiatives to offset the possible negative environmental effects of used net bags that end up in Africa and other developing countries. These countries generally lack a proper waste collection and recycling infrastructure for net bags. While net bags are still the most effective and efficient packaging for export onions in terms of maintaining product quality and preventing spoilage and waste, they are difficult to recycle due to the structure of the material. Consequently, used net bags could pollute the environment and even end up as ocean plastic.
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With this information in mind, the two family-owned companies decided to reach out to Plastic Bank. Plastic Bank builds ethical recycling ecosystems in coastal communities, and reprocesses the materials for reintroduction into the global supply chain.
Plastic Bank empowers the Social Recycling movement that stops ocean plastic and helps alleviate poverty. Collection communities exchange plastic waste as currency for income and life-improving benefits. The collected material is recycled and processed to be reintroduced into the global supply chain. Soon after the first introduction, LC Packaging and M.B. Nieuwenhuijse entered into an Impact Partnership with Plastic Bank.
During a period of one year, LC Packaging and M.B. Nieuwenhuijse have contributed to the extraction of the equivalent of 2,500,000 plastic bottles from the environment, while improving lives in collaboration with Plastic Bank. Each net bag supplied by LC Packaging to M.B. Nieuwenhuijse prevented 56 grams of plastic, or 2.8 single-use plastic bottles from entering the ocean. The onion bags involved were plastic neutral, meaning for any plastic used in the bags, an equivalent amount of plastic was collected and recycled from the environment in collaboration with Plastic Bank.
In total, 382 collectors from 70 local communities have been able to benefit. Collection members exchange plastic waste at Plastic Bank collection branches and receive bonuses for the materials they collect. This helps them provide basic family necessities such as groceries, cooking fuel, school tuition, and health insurance.
“LC Packaging is committed to contribute to a world without waste. This partnership fits very well into our 2030 Ambition that includes goals in the field of Living Wage, Circularity and Climate Action”, states Lucas Lammers, LC Packaging’s CEO. “We would like to thank M.B. Nieuwenhuijse for joining us in minimising the potential negative impact of the net bags on the environment by neutralising these bags in collaboration with Plastic Bank.”
Koen Nieuwenhuijse, Director of M.B. Nieuwenhuijse, looks back at a successful partnership: “This partnership has been an effective way of reducing the environmental impact of the packaging we use, while also supporting local communities. Unfortunately, the plastic problem keeps growing. Together with LC Packaging, we are therefore looking into ways to increase our impact even further towards the future.”
About M.B. Nieuwenhuijse
M.B. Nieuwenhuijse B.V., also known as MARBO®, is a Dutch family company that specialises in sorting, packaging and distributing onions and shallots. These onions and shallots are being sold locally as well as exported to retail, foodservice and wholesale markets around the globe. M.B. Nieuwenhuijse B.V. is an expert in the field of onions and shallots and aims to be a leading player in this market. Thanks to more than 40 years of experience, the commitment of motivated employees and close cooperation with growers, M.B. Nieuwenhuijse provides its customers with high-quality products, packaged and delivered according to their wishes. From the premises in Oostdijk (NL), around 90,000 tons of onions & shallots are shipped each year, packed in all kinds of packaging. The onions are stored, sorted and packed using the most modern techniques. A new system for the optical sorting of the onions has recently been installed. M.B. Nieuwenhuijse B.V. also invests in sustainable solutions, with the installation of solar panels as a recent example. Visit the website.
About Plastic Bank
Plastic Bank envisions a wasteless world. We empower the Social Recycling movement that stops ocean plastic and helps alleviate poverty. Our collection communities exchange plastic waste as currency for income and life-improving benefits. Exchanges are recorded through our proprietary blockchain-secured platform, enabling traceable collection, secured income, and verified reporting. The collected material is processed into Social Plastic® feedstock for reuse in products and packaging. Learn more at plasticbank.com.