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Jakarta Post

Green is the new black on Earth Day

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 23 2009   /  02:00 pm

More than 50 supporters of the environmental organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF), gathered at a South Jakarta mall Wednesday to fold old newspapers into paper bags. Celebrating Earth Day, which fell on Wednesday, WWF-Indo-nesia invited people to Caf* Walk at Plaza Semanggi to make paper bags out of old newspapers to distribute, for free, to supermarkets and stores. WWF-Indonesia marketing and fundraising manager Maitra Widiantini said the initiative, dubbed "Renews", was aimed at reducing the use of plastic bags and re-using old newspapers. Studies show that plastic bags take up to 1,000 years to biode-grade and are harmful to the environment. Erna Esti Utami, manager of the grocery store Farmers Market, participated in the event, folding old The Jakarta Post papers and inserting rattan ropes as handles. Erna said the paper bags would help her store educate c...