Kevin Kumala, 32, is revolutionizing plastic packaging in Indonesia, a country where 130,000 tones of waste ends up in our ocean everyday.
Kumala’s start-up, Avani, a Bali-based start-up that provides biodegradable straws, bags and food packages, has launched a bag made from industrial cassava starch. The bag is 100% compostable and 100% biodegradable, and has passed oral toxicity tests and causes zero harm to nature.
In a recent episode of my series #PickUpAPieceOfTrash, exploring some of the great work that individuals in Bali are doing to promote a more sustainable world, Kumala drinks a glass of his bag to prove it’s natural.
"We, children, might only be 25% of the world's population, but we are 100% of the future." Isabel Wijsen
At 10 and 12 years old, Isabel and Melati Wijsen started an online petition that got enough attention to convince Bali to ban plastic bags by 2018. They did a very inspiring Ted Talk about their efforts, you can watch here. The movement driven by youth from all around the world, Bye Bye Plastic Bags, is now present in 9 countries.
Welcome to Bali in 2017... This was taken in Kuta Beach on January 1st, 2017.
Meet John A Hardy, the man who is creating a trash economy by walking everyday picking up trash.
You can use this filter for your tap water, rain water or even water from the river. They are 5 times cheaper than boiling water and 30 times cheaper than water gallons.
Meet Jeroen Van Overbeek, a social entrepreneur who thrives to provide clean water to remote villages in Indonesia. Social ImpaKt Nazava#PickUpAPieceOfTrash
Music: Wild Belle - It's Too Late (Snakehips Remix)
This man is able to recycle 98% of waste in one facility locally... The compost is used to produce seed balls for reforestation and the plastic can be turned into oil.
Check out Mike O'Leary's zero waste to oceans education center.
3,000 cubic meters of waste gets dumped in Suwung, Bali's biggest landfill, every day... 60% is green retrievable waste. Meet the two green warriors, Oliver Mauger and Robert Withrow who are saving organic waste before it enters into Suwung. Bali Compost Crafters
Meet Gil Frei, a New York who built his biodegradable bamboo house just 100 meters off the beach in Bali.
The house was built 12 years ago using entirely bamboo. There is no walls or windows, the structure is bio-sustainable, it will even decompose. Watch the full video (1:36).
"In the 14 years that I have been freediving, I've seen a huge increase in the amount of plastic trash that's floating in our oceans and washed up into the beach." William Trubridge, world champion freediver.
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Have you ever wondered what happens to a plastic bottle after you've thrown it away?
From introducing the reverse vending machines to PET shredding, Asia Pura are leading the way locally when it comes to recycling bottles back into bottles again.
Trillions of cigarette butts are being thrown out every year, making it the number one most littered item on earth. Don't let cigarettes discard our planet...
Featuring JRX and Adi.
Meet the power couple behind Warung Goûthé a family-run near zerowaste restaurant in Bali. #PickUpAPieceOfTrash
Meet Gus Dark, the artist who uses cartoons to speak about Bali's trash.
Meet Kayti Denham, the teacher, who is shaping the next generation of changemakers in Bali. GINBali - Global Issues Networking
Starting 2017 on a green note for a cleaner Bali.
Join us on January 1st 2017 at 3:30pm for a bike ride at Ground Zero with Bali Tolak Reklamasi, SID and ecoBali - Waste Management as well as a beach clean up at 5PM
This machine recycles 95% of all waste water into drinkable tap water and showers.
Meet Christian Fritz who is bringing sustainable solutions to Bali to conserve water, energy and reduce waste.
So inspired by youth-driven initiatives to preserve and protect our island.
After convincing Bali to go plastic bag free, Bye Bye Plastic Bags is now on a mission to organize Bali's biggest clean up on February 19th. They are calling it One Island One Voice. Join them in making history.