Ker & Downey Africa Partners With CleanHub on Sustainable Practices

Ker & Downey Africa has partnered with CleanHub, a company working with local communities in developing countries to free the planet and its oceans from plastic pollution. This collaboration will form part of the Ker & Downey Africa’s "Legacy Partner" portfolio—a selection of vetted projects and organizations that contribute to empowering local communities, protecting wildlife and creating a sustainable future for Africa and the world.

It is estimated that over 400 million tons of plastic is produced each year. Certain regions in Southeast Asia and the Pacific do not have the infrastructure to deal with these unprecedented levels of plastic—most of which is non-recyclable. In such areas, waste management systems are either inadequate or don’t exist at all, and local communities lack the tools or financial support to deal with it sustainably. As a result, 11 million tons of plastic reaches the oceans every year, 80 percent of which is non-recyclable. Once in the water, 90 percent of this non-recyclable waste sinks to the depths of the ocean. CleanHub incentivizes local communities in high-impact areas to set up non-recyclable plastic collection businesses and utilize their digital platform to hand over the collected waste to certified treatment and recovery partners before it reaches the ocean.

“We’re trying to build an economy where plastic is too valuable to waste. What that means is we are trying to give all plastic enough value that it is collected and subsequently treated correctly. That’s the only way we can really see the world getting a grip on plastic pollution because, in the end, you won’t throw away something valuable, right?” says Joel Tasche, founder of CleanHub.

Here’s how the partnership works: For each trip booked with Ker & Downey Africa, guests can choose to donate $100 or more to CleanHub. This donation will see 100 pounds of plastic collected, sorted and safely disposed of by Clean-Hub’s global partners.

The partnership with CleanHub is one way the travel company is giving back to create a sustainable future for Africa and the world. The company hopes to continue expanding its Legacy Partner portfolio to provide its clients with even more solutions to give back when they travel to Africa.

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