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Soul: Loving our oceans - “Turning trash into art to inspire ocean conservation”

  • WORDS DESY NURHAYATI PHOTOS COURTESY OF CTC

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 16 2016   /  10:41 am

One person’s waste can be another’s treasure, and these treasures can inspire others to take care of the oceans and the marine environment that connect us all.

Almost 100 school children and volunteers gathered in Sanur to transform waste materials into useful and creative products at the Trash Art Competition organized by the Coral Triangle Center last Saturday.

The competition highlighted creative ways to reduce and re-use waste products so that they do not end up in the ocean. Most often, waste that is not properly disposed of gets washed out into the sea, killing coral and endangering marine life that gets entangled in it or mistakes it as food.

The activity was organized as part the World Ocean Day and Coral Triangle Day celebrations, an annual, open-sourced event that brings together individuals, organizations and establishments on one special day of the y...