We only have one planet. Despite this, our oceans are increasingly drowning in plastic waste. It is estimated that one truck full of plastic enters the world's oceans every minute - that's 4.8 to 12.7 tons per year. Another problem is that it can take thousands of years for a piece of plastic to completely decompose. This not only endangers entire marine ecosystems, but also calls our future on this planet into question.
Disposable products are therefore a huge burden on the environment. That's why we do everything we can to give our SCHALLWERK® products a long service life.
Our hearing protection is not a disposable product, but can be used again and again. This long service life makes our hearing protection much more sustainable than comparable products and thus contributes to environmental protection.
Plastic Bank - Cooperation
We are a proud partner of Plastic Bank. For each of our sold SCHALLWERK® products sold, Plastic Bank collects 10 plastic bottles from the environment before they are flushed into our oceans.
We have already collected 1 million + plastic bottles - and more are being collected every day! In this way, we can prevent 20,000 kilograms of plastic from ending up in the world's oceans.
For every product purchased, 10 plastic bottles are collected from the coastal region of Cairo before they even reach the sea. That's the equivalent of 0.2 kg of plastic per product purchased. And the best part? It also improves the lives of people living in poverty.
Why Cairo? Plastic waste is a global problem, as plastic pollution in one region can have an impact on the whole world. In Cairo, plastic pollution is a particularly big challenge as there is no effective recycling ecosystem. Every year, tons of plastic waste end up in the sea and in Egypt's "lifeline" - the Nile.
Plastic Bank is building recycling ecosystems in coastal regions where there is insufficient infrastructure for waste disposal. People from the region collect plastic waste and bring it to the Plastic Bank collection points. The collected plastic is converted into "Social Plastic® ", which actively promotes and improves the circular economy of plastic. To date, Plastic Bank has already saved over 52 million kilograms of plastic from ending up in the oceans.
For the plastic collected, collectors receive a premium that helps them to cover their basic needs - for example by providing food or financing fuel, school visits or health insurance. So buying one of our products not only helps the environment, but also improves the lives of people living in poverty - that is our promise.