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.
For thirty days, I followed my friend Rob Greenfield as he wore every single piece of trash he created for an entire month. Most people never think twice about their trash, once it’s in the garbage can, it’s out of sight, out of mind. Through the project we created an unforgettable and shocking visual of the trash that we create everyday, and inspired all to drastically reduce the trash we create.
Video: Produced, Shot, Edited and Composed.
"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.
Meet John A Hardy, the man who is creating a trash economy by walking everyday picking up trash.
Welcome to Bali in 2017... This was taken in Kuta Beach on January 1st, 2017.
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.
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
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.
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)
"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.
Download the app at Global Alert.
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).
Meet Gus Dark, the artist who uses cartoons to speak about Bali's trash.
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 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.
The first ever documentary about poet, peacemaker and philosopher Mattie J. T. Stepanek.
Directed by Jeni Stepanek and Gary Bencheghib.
What happens when We Are Family Foundation's dedicated environmental and educational game-changers get together to discuss Sustainability and exchange ideas, breaking bread together at a Zero Waste Picnic in Bryant Park, NYC.
"Recycled Mississippi," is an ambitious project in which New York Film Academy documentary graduate Gary Bencheghib and his team attempt the first ever zero-waste to landfill expedition by traveling one of the world's longest and most polluted rivers on the "ioco," a boat made from plastic bottles and recycled materials.
Directed and Produced for our sponsor, the New York Film Academy.
"I am going to have to take all these memories and everything else and put them to the curb, and send them to the freaking dump." O'Neil Couvillion, Louisiana flood survivor
Help the O'Neils out there by donating to Louisiana Environmental Action Network - your help is invaluable.
Video: Produced, Directed, Shot, Edited and Composed
Presented by the New York Film Academy.
In the 1990s, Bali experienced its first reclamation project, which drastically changed the landscapes and livelihoods of Serangan Island destroying its turtle population, mangroves and coral reef. Pulau Serangan borders the gulf of Benoa and is still deserted today with no signs of development... Will Bali repeat history and make the same mistake?
In August 2013, the biggest development project to-date was announced, a multi-million dollar investment plan to build artificial islands in South Bali under the name of Benoa Reclamation Project. With 50 more 800+ rooms hotels predicted to be constructed by 2017 and Indonesia's President urging to increase tourism numbers on the island, the Balinese smiles and its unique culture is under serious threat. This is part one of a three part series in promotion of the film The Reclamation.
Featuring Ida Pedanda Gede Made Gunung, JRX, Gendo Suardana, Soundwoy Dodix and Susi Johnson
Press: CNN (Indonesia), Rolling Stone (Indonesia), Diaro Do Nordeste (Brazil), Radio VL (France), Tearaway (New Zealand), Tourism Watch (Germany), Uraikan (Indonesia), Solidaritas (Indonesia), Bali Update (Indonesia)
The We Are Family Foundation's annual Gala at Manhattan’s legendary Hammerstein Ballroom is a star-studded evening of community engagement and notorious live entertainment. Guests dance the night away with intimate performances from Chic ft. Nile Rodgers and honoree artists such as Bono, Sting, Paul Simon and Chaka Khan. We spotlight game-changing honorees like President Jimmy Carter, Deepak Chopra, Tommy Hilfiger, Maya Angolou, and Desmond and Leah Tutu who are making their own massive mark on the world.
Video produced for the 2016 Annual Gala featuring Pres. Jimmy Carter and Bono
Jamaica Bay, the jewel crown of New York City's ecological resources has been devastated by super-storm Sandy, almost 2 years ago. The film documents a group of local residents on a mission to rescue the 600 boats that are rotting in its basins.
2015 RATMA Film Festival, Yorkshire UK (Best Documentary)
2015 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards (Best Nature Film)
2015 Florida Movie Festival (Best Student Documentary)
2015 Coney Island Film Festival, Brooklyn NY (Official Selection)
2015 Planet In Focus (Official Selection)
2015 Postcards From Climate Change, an initiative by Greenpeace (Finalist)
2015 Long Island Film Festival Expo (Official Selection)
2015 DocuTiff, Tirana Albania (Official Selection)
2015 Back To Nature ITSA Film Festival, Sonora CA (Official Selection)
Featured on the Greenpeace blog : http://goo.gl/5HKjuU
Climate Change is really happening...
In the last days of on the Mississippi this summer, tragedy happened when we were stuck in a shelter for almost 3 days... 100,000 people have lost their homes. They are calling it the biggest natural disaster to hit the US since Sandy.
I spent a week with the Louisiana Environmental Action Network to document some of the stories of survivors and offer aid with gutting houses.
All photos by me.
Follow the #ForBALI letters going around the world to promote the beauty of the Balinese culture and the importance of preserving its scenic environment.