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Jakarta Post

Averting the global plastic waste tsunami in Indonesia

  • Margaretha Quina and Yuyun Ismawati Drwiega


Jakarta/Geneva   /   Thu, May 23, 2019   /  12:42 pm
Averting the global plastic waste tsunami in Indonesia Indonesia was ranked the world’s second largest user of plastic bags while its harmful effect of being un-degradable and polluting natural resources were becoming a serious concern. (Shutterstock/File)

Recently, awareness about plastic waste and its impact has found a place in the hearts and minds of Indonesians and communities worldwide. The urban lifestyle is shifting gradually away from single-use plastics, and heading toward plastic reduction regulations, among other things. Bulk stores are a new trend to change the delivery system of products. Instead of buying products in packaging wrapped by supermarkets or certain brands, there is a growing market now for conscious consumers who bring their own containers, sacks or empty jugs to bulk stores to buy washing liquids, or some grams of grains, nuts, vegetables, etc. based on their liking or need. Zero Waste Stores in Bali and Toko Organis in Bandung, West Java, are some examples of bulk stores.  Global plastic production has steadily increased to almost 350 million tons per year in 2017, growing three times faster than th...

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