It is not rocket science to see that this island is drowning in plastic, and there is no escaping from such reality. As beautiful as Bali is, the island is facing an alarming issue of waste disposal with shorelines laden with rubbish, which is washed up every day when the tides come in. Since the ban on plastic bags, plastic straws and single-use Styrofoam in 2020, it is reported that the amount of plastic bags has decreased by 40%. Unfortunately, the problem is still ongoing: According to last years data from the Indonesian ministry, around 33,000 tonnes of plastic waste travelled down Bali’s waterways into the ocean, polluting its vital marine ecosystem.
The tourist island’s main rubbish dump now covers 30 hectares, reaches 20 metres high in places and every day 600 trucks bring another 1544 tonnes to add to the pile. Staggering 175,000 tons of waste is produced each day, amounting to 64 million tons per year.
In order to support the change of the public mindset and to offer a hands-on solution, ecohero in partnership with La Brisa beach club is organising a Bali Beach Clean-up in honour of Earth Day. The Clean-up will take place at La Brisa Beach Club, in Canggu, on 22 April at 4PM. The event aims to clean some of the island’s common waste products including plastic, glass and metal waste, fishing nets and cigarettes buds and will cover the area of Echo beach until the statue in Perenenan.
ecohero is an international company based in Bali, that aims to create a balance between the human needs of the 21st century and nature by providing ecological alternatives to daily-used products. ecohero develops, designs and distributes products that are accessible, sustainable, and stylish:
With a catalog of over 150 products, ecohero sustainably produces everything from coconut bowls, reusable toiletries, biodegradable crockery and edible straws in close cooperation with local producers.
During the Bali Beach Clean Up ecohero will support local cafés and food stalls in the area to contribute to the positive change, by giving out free samples of their Rice Straws. This edible and biodegradable product is made from discarded rice husks and tapioca powder, and is a great alternative to plastic and paper straws that are commonly used in these businesses. This action, hopefully, will inspire local shopkeepers to use alternatives.
Reducing plastic in Bali is not so much a technical challenge, but a social challenge of adoption, dedication and changing of habits. Plastic litter is a massive challenge and it could take years of committed efforts to address it. However, seeing the change that has taken place in Indonesia in just the last two years is amazing. We at BALI NEWS are positive that if these efforts persist and develop a new norm, Bali can become a role model for positive change in the rest of the country and the world. You can join this movement today and become a part of the solution by joining the Bali Beach Clean Up on 22 April in Canggu.
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Let us join together and lend a hand to make a real difference for the island! With this Beach we are helping to preserve the environment and reminded that our contribution really makes a difference.