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IBM and Plastic Bank using Blockchain for Haiti Recycling

Plastic Bank, a Vancouver-based non-profit organization, is committed to improving the lives of impoverished people around the world and simultaneously brings an end of plastic pollution on the earth. To prevent the flow of plastic to the ocean, Plastic Bank rewards people who hand over recyclable plastic waste with cryptocurrency or Blockchain secured digital tokens. To do this, Plastic Bank provides a consistent, above-market rate for plastic waste, thus incentivizing its collection. Individuals who gather plastic can trade it for money, items or services. This is the way they teach people to learn the value of plastic. IBM and Cognition foundry have joined Plastic Bank on this issue to design an innovative solution, creating a secure and smooth reclamation process. The joint platform allows waste collectors to choose their payment token, either with a US dollar token or a native token. These tokens can be traded with the basic supplies directly from Plastic Bank.

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Recyclable Materials Used for Carnival Costume Wear

Good Demen Haiti Teaches Creative Skills to At-Risk Youth

Haiti's Carnival of Flowers, being held for the second year running, is an expensive event for the government of Haiti to subsidize. Controversy it has posted a loss rather than a profit--as the GOH claims--has had calls from activists to stop holding it.

One solution helping defray costs is a group of entrepreneurs, who create Carnival costumes out of garbage: flowers, hats, and dresses. Haitian teens, part of Good Demen Haiti (GDH), are making flowers to adorn carnival hats, both made from recycled materials.

The members of the organization, at-risk youth, use plastic bottles delivered from waste collection centers in Port-au-Prince by garbage collectors. After thoroughly sanitizing the plastic containers the members work creating innovative art objects.

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