Saving Bali's environment one plastic bag at a time

What we have learned from 4 years running a plastic waste reduction campaign

Posted June 29, 2017 by Okky Sari in First news category

At PlastikDetox, our thinking goes that if we can make the proposition for cutting down on excessive use of plastic straws and bags attractive enough to business owners and managers, hopefully they will at least be willing to give it a shot. After hundreds of interactions with them over lattes and iced teas, this is what we have learned about making sustainability a practical option for people who run small businesses.

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PlastikDetox talks trash on Hard Rock FM Bali

Posted May 2, 2014 by Okky Sari

One of PlastikDetox's promises to our partners is that if they succeed in reducing their use of plastic, we will offer them free marketing opportunities. Last week, we were true to our promise. Hard Rock FM invited us and Novie Gehlen from Warung Santai in Sanur to chat about reducing plastic and what it was like for a small business to make that happen. 

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New educational infographic on plastic waste in Bali

Posted February 22, 2014 by Okky Sari

Bali produces 10,000 meter cubic of garbage everyday. About 50% of it is collected, but the remaining 5,000 meter cubic is burned, dumped into rivers, or thrown on road sides.

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Local Businesses Get Help Kicking Their Plastic Habit

Posted November 7, 2013 by Marc

The resort island of Bali produces 890 metric tons of garbage every day. Imagine five blue whales or 222 elephants of pure trash washing up on the shores of Bali every 24 hours.

But rather than throw up their hands in defeat, a group of four die-hard environmentalists based in Sanur, 30 minutes from Ngurai Rai International Airport, banded together in 2012 and launched PlastikDetox, an educational effort to turn the tide on the island’s excessive use of plastic, which accounts for 10 percent to 12 percent of Bali’s trash.

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Sea Turtles Eating Plastic At Record Rates Amid Surge In Pollution

Posted September 4, 2013 by Marc

Sea turtles around the world are eating plastic at an unprecedented pace, a new study reveals, with some species downing twice as much as they did 25 years ago. This indigestible, potentially fatal diet is especially popular among young turtles in the open ocean, deepening concerns about the ancient animals' long-term outlook.

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PlastikDetox partner locations now in Sanur Community magazine

Posted September 1, 2013 by Marc

Now, readers of Sanur Community magazine can find the locations of businesses that are making commitments to reduced plastic use, in the publication's fold out map. The map shows more tha 10 cafes, hotels, shops and a laundry which patrons can support towards a more clean and green Bali.

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Small businesses adopt plastic-free diet

Posted September 1, 2013 by Marc

Choosing from a buffet-style array of enticing dishes at Warung Kecil in Sanur, a customer orders a custom-made nasi campur (mixed rice) and then reminds the staff that this is for take-away. “No plastic bag?” asks the customer as she is given a box with her food. “Sorry, we don’t use plastic bags,” says the staff with a smile, pointing to a sticker on the window emblazoned with the words PlastikDetox Bali.


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Bali small businesses lead the way against plastic bags

Posted January 29, 2013 by Marc

A small group of businesses in Bali’s Sanur area have made voluntary commitments to reduce their use of plastic bags in order to stem the growing tide of garbage on the island. As part of the PlastikDetox Bali campaign, a non-profit grassroots initiative, these cafes and stores are taking part in a unique approach to keep Bali clean and green.

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