Another company is taking steps to stop the prevalence of plastic pollution. The Body Shop, the British beauty brand, announced that they would source waste plastic to use in packaging.

Part of its Community Fair Trade, the company sources items from across the world, including from Ghana and Nepal. Waste picking and gathering is a big industry in many countries and the Body Shop hopes to help support better conditions for workers and reducing the ubiquity of new plastic.

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“We need the best quality bottles, we need them at the right time in the right place. And … this is just like how we work with (ingredients like) shea, this is how we work with Brazil nut, this is how we work with mango,” Mark Davis, who runs the company’s Community Fair Trade program, told CNBC by phone. “Effectively, if you transpose Bangalore city to the rainforest, it’s exactly the same method. You’ve got a group of people and you need them to be organized. You need them to know what good quality looks like, and if they bring you better quality, you can pay them more money for the better quality.”

The company committed to purchasing 551 tons in 2020 and will increase that number to over 600 tones in 2021. The company is working with Plastics for Change, a sourcing company, and has already mentioned the program to Ikea. The Body Shop has also introduced other companies to local suppliers around the world.

Read more recent news about plastic waste, including birds ingesting plastic wastesquirrels building nests with plastic, and the excess of plastic waste caused by the coronavirus.

There are products you may be using or habits you may have that contribute to plastic pollution. Learn more about how the use of Teabags, Cotton Swabs, Laundry, Contact Lenses, Glitter, and Sheet Masks pollute our oceans so you can make more informed decisions going forward. There are also numerous simple actions and switches that can help cut plastic out of our lives including, making your own cosmetics, shampoo, toothpaste, soap, household cleaners, using mason jars, reusable bags/bottles/straws, and avoiding microbeads!

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