David Katz

Founder & CEO, Plastic Bank

Bio

David Katz is a the Founder and CEO of Plastic Bank. Plastic Bank (PB) is a platform for the world to gather together to alleviate global poverty and ocean plastic through recycling. On a high level, it is a convenience store for the world’s poor that accepts plastic waste as a currency. This global recycling system is sustained through the sale and use of Social Plastic® by some of the world’s largest organizations.

Social Plastic’s value is transferred into the hands of collectors, by assuring they receive a consistent, above-market rate for recycling plastics. By revealing the value in waste plastic, TPB help alleviate global poverty while preventing plastic from entering our oceans and waterways.

 

The value of Social Plastic® goes beyond the commodity price of plastic. Corporations are paying for a genuine social impact. Social Plastic® is the fair trade of recycled plastic. It provides the highest possible positive social impact through the use of recycled plastic.

PB has inspired a movement, resulting in features in Forbes, TIME, Fast Company, BBC and over 300 other articles from over 25 countries. Social Plastic® has over 1 million Facebook supporters and a collective 1 million Twitter fans between various company accounts, all contributing towards an immediate demand for PB’s globally trademarked Social Plastic® brand.


 

As a speaker, he has been described some as “the best in the sustainability industry.” He is globally renowned for The Plastic Bank’s solution to make plastic waste a currency that transcends poverty while stopping the flow of plastic into our oceans..

David has made appearances in the award-winning documentary A Plastic Ocean, the reality TV show Dragons Den and countless news interviews. He performs globally, with frequent keynotes for Sustainable Brands, World Forum for Circular Economy, and the Entrepreneurs Organization. David has also spoken at various corporate events for organizations such as Unilever, Seventh Generation, Dow Chemical, and World Vision. Katz delivers a genuine paradigm shift that inspires his audience to see opportunity, where others see problems.

Salt Magazine’s list of The World’s Top 100 Compassionate Business Leaders recognized David as #4 between Dr. Muhammad Yunus and Elon Musk.

TOPICS

Social Entrepreneurship

  • Triple bottom line business. Doing well while doing good.
  • A new tide. The rising consumer movement to do good.

Oceans

  • The surprising solution to ocean plastic

Entrepreneurship

  • From idea to multinational. The business story behind the Plastic Bank Core Values
  • “Context”, and the power of clarity in decisions.
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