The Jakarta Post
Tasinis are reusable shopping bags made from recycled plastics that fold into marine animals. (Making Oceans Plastic Free's website/File)
In conjunction with World Oceans Day on June 8, an environmental initiative called Making Oceans Plastic Free (MOPF) has introduced a reusable shopping bag named the Tasini.
Tasini bags are made from recycled plastics that fold into marine animals to promote awareness to the ecosystem. Their playful designs, which were developed by interdisciplinary scientists to combine fashion, convenience and environmental awareness, are said to connect with an Asian love for fun accessories.
“Environmental conservation is often about telling people what they should and should not do,” said MOPF co-founder Roger Spranz in a press release, adding that the method has negative connotations.
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“We believe that making it fun and easy to preserve our planet is much more effective and reaches people in a way that really motivates them to make a change,” said Spranz.
MOPF was founded in 2013 by German doctoral students Spranz and Paritosha Kobbe, product designer and artist Lia Nirawati and international development consultant Adith Nugroho.
In addition to the launch, MOPF is also conducting a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, which aims to produce Tasini bags from recycled plastic waste and run a large environmental awareness campaign in Indonesia. (kes)
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