These two teenagers from Bali aim to push the government to ban plastic bags
It is now well known that Bali has a serious plastic pollution problem. The once pristine island with crystal clear water and white sand beaches is suffering from the plastic pollution menace and it is not just limited to the tourist season.
Thankfully, two teenagers from the island have been working for years to find a solution to this problem. In 2013, Melati and Isabel Wijsen launched their flagship non-profit, Bye Bye Plastic Bags, aiming to secure a ban on single-use plastic bags across the Indonesian island.
They had to be undaunted by the statistics: 5% of bags are recycled in Bali, while the entire island chain ranks as the world’s second largest producer of ocean-born plastic pollution.
Inspired in school by world leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi effecting positive change, the 15- and 17-year-old have made remarkable progress towards the goal of eliminating the environmentally destructive bags.