Discover the numbers behind Precious Plastic and learn about the impact hundreds of recycling workspaces are having in every corner of the planet.

Forewords

Precious Plastic's mission is to enable anyone on the planet to recycle plastic and tackle the plastic waste problem.

In our 10-year anniversary we're proud to share some of the data backing our thesis that a global, people-powered, small-scale plastic recycling system could significantly alleviate the plastic crisis. Welcome to the Precious Plastic Impact Report.

One of Precious Plastic core principles is to share everything free and open source. The impressive impact data collected are a testament of the power of open knowledge and how information, when kept free to spread and propagate, have the capacity to spread far and wide.

While totally humbled by the big impact achieved so far, we're also fully grounded on the understanding that plastic production and consumption is set to tripe by 2050.

The work has just begun.

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Mattia Bernini
Director

grand data

Learn about the key impact data from the Precious Plastic movement. This is the global positive impact from Precious Plastic in 2023.

107 Countries

People and organizations entering the survey were from 107 different countries, which is about 60% of all countries on the planet.

595.400 Tons recycled

In 2022 alone over 595-THOUSANDS-TONS were recycled by people and organizations working on Precious Plastic.

$36+ MM Revenue

The total revenue generated by the 527 organizations entering the survey in 2022 was 36 million USD with the highest earning organization making 1 million USD and the average project making 80k/yr.

6441 employees

Thousands of people and families around the planet are building their lives on Precious Plastic recycling plastic waste for a living.

11.510Volunteers

A large portion of the Precious Plastic community volunteers their time and energy to bring to life projects and programs to lessen the plastic crises.

1881Machines built

In 2022 alone the 527 organizations entering the survey built and sold 1881 machines to recycle plastic globally. Decentralised, local and autonomous.

graphs and charts

Now let’s nerd out on the data :)

Organizations growth over time
Plastic processed per country
Organizations per country
Machines built per country
Continent overview

success stories

Some of the Precious Plastic success stories

Robries recycled 20 tons of plastic and making over $380k in 2022 with a team of 53 people.

Indonesia 🇮🇩

Saju makes 15000 sunglasses from plastic waste turning  waste into $500k and employing 30 people.

Colombia 🇨🇴

Sustainable Design Studio fuelled the community with 230 machines while employing 5 people.

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Precious Plastic Monash is a project educating hundreds of students on small-scale recycling.

Australia 🇦🇺

Flip Floppy educates thousands of kids on a boat in sailing across East Africa.

Kenya 🇰🇪

Honourable mention to Precious Plastic Ukraine that still managed to continue recycle plastic through war.

Ukraine 🇺🇦

brands using precious plastic

tip of the iceberg

The data you've just seen comes from 526 organizations-Precious Plastic however, is much larger than that. We will probably never know the real impact of Precious Plastic but our guesstimate is that we've just looked at about 40-50% of the real impact.

The data you've just seen is only the tip of the iceberg.

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