Do you dream of a world free of plastic bags?
We do! 🙋🏼♀️🙋🏽♀️🙋🏿♀️
Plastic has only been around for approximately 70 years, but there is already over 6.3bn tonnes of plastic waste on earth. Only around 9% of all plastic is recycled, while about 80% ends up in landfills and in the oceans. It is estimated that by 2050, plastic will outweigh all the fish in the sea.
A diaper will remain on earth five times longer than the baby wearing it.
Now, we don’t want to be unrealistic or hypocritical. We are fully aware that plastic is a pretty important part of our modern everyday lives: it’s in the clothes we wear, the technology we rely on, in our kitchen utensils, all around our homes, offices and means of transport. Life without plastic would look a lot different to what it is now.
However, a quick trip to the Bali beaches in rainy season will reveal that a significant majority of plastic waste consists of single use plastics; straws, plastic bags, discarded toiletries, takeaway containers, food wrappers, lost hair ties, etc. Though a plastic derivative may be essential to our iPhones and other daily necessities, these discardable plastics can easily be eliminated with a little consideration.
Indonesia is the second largest contributor to marine plastic in the world, ranking just below China. A recent study estimates that around 1.15 million to 2.41 million tonnes of plastic waste enters the oceans every year from Indonesian rivers. This is a hard, cold reality that we have to face and take responsibility for.
Batu Bali was started with the sole purpose of creating a sustainable way to support the Bye Bye Plastic Bags foundation. We aim to provide jobs and the best work conditions to local village artisans, while providing our customers with the best island souvenir. All this is done to support the BBPB organisation, and to provide them with a monthly financial donation in a sustainable manner.
Bye Bye Plastic Bags is a non-governmental organisation started by two young girls from the Green School in Bali. These hard-working girls dedicate their after-school free time to raising awareness regarding the global problem of plastic pollution that we are all responsible for, and let us tell you - this is a full time job for the girls and their continuously-expanding team! Though the organisation was founded on the Island of the Gods, it is fast spreading into a worldwide movement.
Batu Bali donates 50% of all profits to the Bye Bye Plastic Bags foundation.
Batu Bali has supported the BBPB organisation since the very beginning. We believe in the cause championed by the girls and their team, and we're extremely proud to be a part of of something so beneficial to our planet.
By purchasing Batu Bali bracelets, you are supporting their amazing work for our environment. View our full collection here.
Lots of love from paradise 🌴,