Establishing Green, Clean Bali

Uncategorized | Written By, NOW! BALI | April 1st, 2014

Bali has witnessed a substantial growth in the consumption of plastics and increased production of plastic waste – a stern environmental hazard due to the “throw away culture”. Yet, adding to the already burdensome problem of waste management, the use of plastics continues to grow, raising the important question: how can we balance convenient living with concern for the environment?  Understanding this concern, the Bali Cantik Tanpa Plastik/Plastic-free Bali (BCTP/PFB) has been fashioning a series of…

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Bali has witnessed a substantial growth in the consumption of plastics and increased production of plastic waste – a stern environmental hazard due to the “throw away culture”. Yet, adding to the already burdensome problem of waste management, the use of plastics continues to grow, raising the important question: how can we balance convenient living with concern for the environment?

Understanding this concern, the Bali Cantik Tanpa Plastik/Plastic-free Bali (BCTP/PFB) has been fashioning a series of awareness campaigns about the destructiveness of plastic on the island. A group of volunteers in Ubud felt the need to really overcome this problem; and so they founded BCTP in 2007. There wasn’t any organization whatsoever that really dealt with the issue; thus BCTP is the first organization in Bali that specializes in waste problems and management.

Just off the northwest coast of Bali, Menjangan Island is a favourite destination for both snorkelers and divers. It is situated in the protected marine reserve of the Bali Barat National Park and has very diverse eco biology surrounded by hectares of excellent coral reef. Yet this area, which has been known as a little paradise, is now facing some environmental issues: plastic waste and coral destruction to name a few.

This has led to a number of business practitioners in the North West of Bali to gather and have a small talk about how to keep the area pristine, especially since the coastal area is not strategically situated – the ocean currents bring trash from Java and the other side of Bali to its shores. Not only that, irresponsible fishing practices were also quite popular; thus causing destruction to the underwater ecosystem. And so Friends of Menjangan was established.

Unfortunately, irresponsible fishing practices by the local fishermen has also been a problem here, causing damage to the underwater ecosystem. Working together with the resorts in this area, Friends of Menjangan empowers the local residents to provide transportation to Menjangan Island. There are only two seaports here where visitors can leave for Menjangan, and they are operated by the locals. With their boats, they take holidaymakers to Menjangan for diving or just cruising; and this provides alternative income for them. The foundation also trains the women in the area of how to recycle plastic waste and make new products such as bags out of it.!

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