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Local businesses get help kicking their plastic habit

October 7, 2013

Local businesses get help kicking their plastic habit

The resort island of Bali produces 890 metric tons of garbage every day. But rather than throwing up their hands in defeat, four 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 to 12 percent of Bali’s trash.

The PlastikDetox campaign, which includes cafes, restaurants, fair-trade shops and laundry services in the area of Sanur, is very simple. Organizations willing to reduce plastic usage are praised on PlastikDetox’s website and Facebook page and are also featured on a map of Bali highlighting eco-friendly establishments.

“We provide free training and technical support to businesses whose owners or managers are committed to reducing their use of plastic,” Anna Sutanto, co-founder of PlastikDetox says. “When these businesses succeed, we try to reward them through placement opportunities in local media so they get exposure for their efforts.”

PlastikDetox doesn’t advocate for a 100 percent plastic-free way of life and Anna says it’s just raising awareness about cutting needless plastic use. The idea now is to scale up the Sanur campaign in bigger cities like Jakarta.

Read more at Eco-Business.

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