The World Economic Forum (WEF) has named plastics recycling company Gemini Corporation as one of its ‘New Champions’ during its recent Pioneers of Change Summit.
This title is given to businesses pursuing innovative technologies and sustainable growth strategies that the WEF says will be needed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The top three were chosen out of 90 global candidates.
Gemini Corporation, founded in 1989 by chairman Surendra Patawari, wants to help eradicate plastic waste in line with the circular economy. The company collects hundreds of thousands of tonnes of plastic scrap from over 1 000 locations in 70 countries across the globe, as well as recycling rubber, metal, and paper.
To date, this amounts to approximately 50 million tyres, one billion plastic bottles and 1.5 million refrigerators. Gemini says it now wants to tackle the increase in plastic waste due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the recycler is giving back to society through a number of initiatives in India. These include providing free medical, educational, environmental and social care services to 12 villages in the state of Rajasthan. Gemini is currently building two schools in India to provide free education for 400 underprivileged students. It is also planting and maintaining 100 000 trees in the Indian desert.
Patawari says: ‘When I started my business over 30 years ago, I didn’t know how important recycling and sustainability would become. It has been a very exciting and satisfying journey. The plastic recycling industry is capable of much more than we are made to believe. Sticking to the linear approach is not an option. It means our grandchildren will be living on this beautiful Earth with 12 billion tonnes of plastic waste by 2050. That’s why I see this accolade not just as a celebration of what we have accomplished – it’s also a reminder of the hard work that lies ahead.’
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