It is not a rocket science to see that Bali is drowning in plastic, and there is no escaping from such a reality. And who is going to do something about it? Stop pointing fingers! It’s us!
The city government of Bali’s capital, Denpasar, has announced to stop using plastic bags in shops starting in 2019. The plastic bag prohibition falls under Denpasar Mayor Regulation no. 36 of 2018, Concerning the Reduction of the Use of Plastic Bags. Taking effect on Jan 1st, this ban will only apply mainly to supermarkets, convenience stores or other modern stores. However, most likely the traditional markets will also be subject to the plastic bag prohibition as well.
Thanks to the young sisters at Bye Bye Plastic Bags for their initial effort in saving this island by doing massive campaigns to make Bali plastic bag free. Not only limited in doing outdoor activities, such as beach clean-ups, plastic bag exchange and alternative bag making workshops, but these young activists also kept reminding the government that change still needs to happen by setting-up weekly meetings with the regional departments to the national scope.