David Katz

Environmental Trailblazer
Founder & CEO, Plastic Bank

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


As a speaker, David has been described by 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, 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 an 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.


Social Entrepreneurship

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


  • The surprising solution to ocean plastic


  • 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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