Last month the Balinese government announced a ban on all single-use plastic bags, straws and polystyrene. The ban is a massive victory for our beloved Bali and the ocean – the home of our sport, our passions and the creatures we love.
The move stems back to December 2017, when the Balinese government declared a state of emergency with its plastic pollution crisis. Many organisations have tried to help out since then but the most significant change-makers were the Balinese sisters Isabel (13) and Malati (15) and their initiative ‘Bye, Bye Plastic Bags’. They have relentlessly continued to initiate a ban on plastic bags and general single-use plastic. What started as a dream for two young sisters and other activists has now united the whole island to set some tough goals to safeguard the future of Bali.
The Bali Governor is hoping that the ban will help maintain the harmony and balance to Bali’s ecosystem, with a goal of reducing single-use plastic consumption by 70% in 2019. As passionate surfers and ocean lovers, our guests and staff at our camp in Canggu will do what we can to help.
Bali is a magical surfing destination, and as surfers and travellers, we have a responsibility when we travel. Since day one, we have been actively consulting with Nordic Ocean Watch’s Simen Knudsen regarding the development of our Corporate Social Responsibility strategy. He continues to be a strong source of inspiration and guidance for everything we do. Here are a few of his best tips for what you can do as an individual to reduce plastic consumption: “The most important are the choices you make in your everyday life. For instance, I always suggest picking up a bit of plastic every time you are by the ocean. You can also minimise your personal use of plastic by stop using plastic bags & bottles, disposable cutlery, cups, straws, takeaway containers and single-use products in general. Also, make sure your cosmetics, shampoo, make-up and toothpaste are micro-plastic free. Finally, eat more greens and less meat. Going more vegan is probably the single best personal contribution for a better planet and a healthier ocean.”
We recognise the magnitude of the marine plastic pollution crisis and appreciate the importance of ocean conservation. We are fully dedicated to doing our part not only to minimise our footprint but rather work to leave a ‘positive handprint’ by picking up trash when we can. In doing so, our guests and staff collected more than 30 tonnes of plastic in 2017 and 2018 during our beach clean-ups, which are hosted every week in all our destinations. We will continue to strive to make sustainability and ocean preservation central in everything we do, and we’re incredibly excited to see the results of the commitment Bali has made.