UK-based cosmetics, skin care and perfume company The Body Shop is planning to buy 600 tonnes of plastic waste by 2021 as part of its work towards sustainable sourcing.

As part of its Community Fair Trade programme, the company is sourcing plastic waste from trash-pickers in Bangalore, a city located in the Indian state of Karnataka.

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The UK firm wants its competitors to source plastic in this manner which will allow suppliers to work with several customers, through organisation Plastics For Change.

The Body Shop was acquired by Brazilian cosmetics firm Natura in 2017 and both the companies are working together on sustainable sourcing, led by Mark Davis.

CNBC quotes Davis as saying: “We need the best quality bottles, we need them at the right time in the right place. And … this is just like how we work with (ingredients like) shea, this is how we work with Brazil nut, this is how we work with mango.”

The Community Fair Trade, which was launched in 1987, seeks to trade fairly with suppliers.

According to Plastic For Change, three billion people live without formal waste management – that’s nearly half the planet’s population, giving rise to an informal waste picking economy.

The Body Shop is working with Plastics For Change to help it procure plastic, while offering better conditions for workers.

Plastics For Change has developed a marketplace platform that connects waste-pickers to global markets and delivers recycled plastic for brands.