Yes! Bali has Officially Banned All Single-use Plastics

Yes! Bali has Officially Banned All Single-use Plastics

It’s official—Bali is finally putting an end to a long-term toxic relationship with plastic.

Last Christmas, Bali’s Governor I Wayan Koster announced that single-use plastics and polystyrene will be banned in Bali in 2019, in an attempt to bring light to the severity of environmental pollution in this island paradise. All businesses were given a 6-month transition period to properly plan and implement the change accordingly.

Since then, many of our favourite cafes and restaurants have made the conscious effort to rid themselves of single-use plastic bags and straws (kudos!) and provided bamboo, paper or stainless steel alternatives for diners.

Retailers, malls, and even our friendly minimarts have also stopped handing out plastic bags. More businesses and consumers are implementing their own eco-conscious initiatives from reducing food waste to beach cleaning and switching to biodegradable materials.

On 23 June 2019, in a move to reduce marine pollution by 70%, the bill was instated, meaning plastic bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam are now officially prohibited island-wide. 

This is a major breakthrough for environmentalists who have been backing the cause for years—especially for two young sisters Melati and Isabel Wijsen, co-founders of Bye Bye Plastic Bags and One Island One Voice, who have fought the battle at the forefront and rallied the whole island for support since 2013.

Although the ban is now in effect, it is still in a transitional phase for at least the next six months as the government will work closely with retailers, distributors, and consumers on all levels of trade: from modern retailers to traditional markets and warungs.

Bali has become one of the top destinations in the world, known for its picturesque beaches, lush rice terraces, and limestone cliffs. However the growing environmental pollution over the years has taken the fun and beauty out of this natural paradise, and it’s about time we all consciously play our part in changing that so the island of the gods can be as beautiful as it once was.


Source: The Bali Bibble

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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