On the 21st December 2018 Bali Govenor Wayan Koster announced a ban on single-use plastics such as shopping bags, Styrofoam and straws. The island is hoping that this will help to reduce Bali’s marine plastics by up to 70 percent within a year.
Bali is one of our favourite travel destinations and we’re fortunate to have spent quite a bit of time there. Seeing the devastating plastic pollution on the beautiful Balinese beaches was the inspiration behind starting Stowaway so this is very welcome news. I’m excited and very hopeful that we will see a noticeable difference when we return in July next year.
Bali attracts on average 5 million foreign visitors annually and is aiming to attract 8 million in 2019. While it’s difficult to trace the origin of the waste on the beaches, according to the Jakarta Post some experts estimate that up to 80 percent of it comes from the island so this is a great step forward.
Indonesia is the world’s second biggest marine plastic waste contributor after China and last year launched a national action plan, pledging up to US$1 billion to cut ocean waste by 70 percent by 2025.
Jakarta is also looking to follow Bali’s lead and has plans to ban single-use plastic bags.
I would also love to see a sustainable solution to the use of plastic water bottles on the Island as this is another big contributor to marine plastics. However, Indonesia acknowledging the massive impact that they have on the global plastic crisis is positive news and a step in the right direction.