Bali is a beautiful island in Indonesia—a place full of rich diversity and wonder. Earlier this year I spent two months on this amazing island. During my time there, I experienced some positive environmental strides being made but also witnessed the evident plastic problem. Plastic is often the only choice offered by restaurants and retailers.
Indonesia is very close to my heart, so I was thrilled to hear that Bali plans to ban the use of single-use plastics. With this policy in place they hope to reduce plastic use by 70 percent in 2019. This plastic ban will also help reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in their marine ecosystems.
This ban will largely target businesses and producers. Part of the policy outlines that those who violate the plastic ban will have their business permits removed. I believe that this systematic approach, starting with producers and distributors, will prove to be very effective in the long term. I can’t wait to see the progression of this policy, looking towards preserving such a beautiful Island.
Do you know of any other countries or cities that have also implemented a single-use plastic ban?