Plastic – A Toxic Love Story

From its creation through its rise in the 1990s, the world has embraced plastic as an affordable and versatile material. By the time its impact on the environment and marine ecosystems became clear, plastic had conquered the world marketplace. “A toxic love story” is how Tommy Tjiptadjaja, co-founder and CEO of Indonesia-based social enterprise company Greenhope, describes people’s relationship with the material. Today we face a dilemma – we can’t live with plastic’s impact, but we can’t live without its…

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Indonesia Mobilizes 20,000 Citizens to Clean up Plastic Pollution

Indonesia wastes upward of 10 billion plastic bags every year, making it the second highest polluter of plastic in the entire world. To address the growing plastic pollution problem, thousands of volunteers gathered around the country last month and participated in one of the largest plastic cleanups to date. The goal of the event was to educate citizens about the dangers of pollution and promote better recycling practices among young people. More than 20,000 people from 76 different areas of…

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Indonesian Waters in Plastic Waste Emergency

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Indonesian waters are currently in a state of plastic waste emergency that can affect the health of marine animals and humans, in addition to having a negative impact on the local economy. Plastic waste in Indonesian waters also has the potential of attracting and concentrating sea water pollutants around, which is more dangerous. Hence, fast action is needed to clean up the coastal areas and marine environment in Indonesia in order to avoid harmful pollutants. Indonesia…

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