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  • Profile gravatar of Alexa Poortier
    Alexa Poortier
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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5217029/Bali-declares-garbage-emergency-amid-sea-waste.html?ito=email_share_article-top

    Often dubbed a paradise on earth, the Indonesian holiday island of Bali has become an embarrassing poster child for the country’s trash problem and officials are removing 100 tons of rubbish from beaches every day.

    The scale of the problem facing Indonesia is huge, due to its population of more than 250 million and poor waste processing infrastructure. An archipelago of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is the world’s second biggest contributor to marine debris after China.

    Having visited Bali in the 70’s and having lived there in the early 90’s, my husband and I have seen the paradise called Bali. But all travellers visiting Bali today mostly see what unsustainable progress, lack of consciousness and governance, and lack of caring can do to paradise. And it is sadly the same in many other places we use to call paradise.

    Informed, inspired and empowered travellers have a choice and a wallet. Change starts with us. Demand change NOW.

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  • Profile gravatar of Brad Frankel
    Brad Frankel
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    Hey Alexa – it’s so frustrating – consumers need to change their behaviour but also corporates and producers have a responsibility to educate and change too. I did a guest blog last week which I think you might like – http://www.youareoxygen.com/2018/01/05/will-the-latte-levy-actually-tackle-ocean-plastics/

    Brad Frankel BSc (Hons)
    Travel addict, food lover and conservationist

    T: +44(0)2036330163 E: brad@flooglebinder.co.uk W: www.flooglebinder.co.uk

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    • Profile gravatar of Alexa Poortier
      Alexa Poortier
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      HI Brad … thanks for sharing the ‘latte levy’ in the UK. This must be a response to the Chinese ban of plastic waste import from the UK and the rest of the world. Did you know that the UK sends their plastic trash to China? The UK has exported over 2.7m tonnes of plastic waste to China and Hong Kong since 2012!

      https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/07/chinese-ban-on-plastic-waste-imports-could-see-uk-pollution-rise

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/02/plastic-waste-already-building-uk-following-chinas-ban/

      It starts with informing, inspiring and then empowering change. By the way, we love the conservation travel experiences arranged by Flooglebinder … it is so inspiring for all generations.

      #itmustbeNOW

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    • Profile gravatar of Brad Frankel
      Brad Frankel
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      Hi Alexa,

      Thanks for sharing this article, I wasn’t aware and it highlights some really interesting points but couldn’t agree more with what you said: “It starts with informing, inspiring and then empowering change”.

      Thank you for your comments on our experiences – our goal is to do exactly what you said, inspire and create change.
      #BTheChange

      Brad Frankel BSc (Hons)
      Travel addict, food lover and conservationist

      T: +44(0)2036330163 E: brad@flooglebinder.co.uk W: www.flooglebinder.co.uk

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  • Profile gravatar of Piet van Zyl
    Piet van Zyl
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    Hi Alexa, I have been living in Bali for the last 7 years and yes the problem is huge. Fortunately there are many organisations working on improving it as waiting for the government to do something and get it past all the corruption is not working. One Island One Voice, Refill my bottle. Trash Heros, Eco Bali to name a few.
    Having said that, it still amazes me to see travelers still using plastic bags, still buying or accepting water in plastic bottles, still demanding straws. I can understand that the local population have no waste system other than burning and discarding in the environment, but tourists do not have that excuse if they are creating trash.

    Piet van Zyl

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