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Bali Banned Plastic Bags, Thanks to These Teenage Sisters

Monday Mar 21, 2016 7:28 AM

Photo: YouTube/D' Lime

Say goodbye to plastic bags in Bali.

The tropical island in Indonesia will be plastic bag-free by 2018 and it’s all thanks to the hard work of two teenagers.

Sisters Melati and Isabel Wijsen were sick and tired of plastic bags polluting their beautiful island so they decided to do something about it.

“In Bali we generate 680 cubic meters of plastic a day. That’s about a 14-storey building,” Isabel says in the TED talk. “And when it comes to plastic bags less than five percent get recycled.”

It’s why they founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags, a youth-driven initiative that works to ban plastic bags in Bali.

The sisters didn’t just sit behind a computer and started a petition — they actually went out to collect over 60,000 signatures, did some beach cleanups, and even, went on a hunger strike.

And it worked.

Last year, Governor Made Mangku Pastika signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will ban plastic bags by 2018.

“Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re too young or you won’t understand,” Isabel said during their TED Talk. “We’re not telling you it’s going to be easy. We’re telling you it’s going to be worth it.”

And they say that kids these days don’t do anything but take pictures for their Snapchat.

This article is brought to you by our partners at RYOT. Click here to view the original article on RYOT.org



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