Bye Bye Plastic Bags is an organization run by children ages 11-17 in Bali. It was started in 2013, and its main objective is to ban the use sale, and production of plastic bags from Bali by 2018. It was started by two young sisters, Melati and Isabel Wijsen who were upset and concerned with the pollution from plastic bags on their island and beaches. Plastic bags are very harmful to marine life – they can suffocate animals, turtles (who eat jellyfish) mistake them for jelly fish and ingest them, and they break down into smaller and smaller plastic bits, which end up in the food chain.
This initiative has taken off, and has global support from the UN, over 70,000 supporters have signed their petition, and the Governor of Bali, Mr. Made Mangku Pastika has singed a memorandum of understanding that pledges to help Bye Bye Plastic Bags reach their goal to ban plastic bags by 2018.
This is such a amazing initiative, and even more so that it has come from two young girls (they were ages 10 and 12 when they begun!).