The Jakarta Post
Environmental group Greenpeace Indonesia launched its #PantangPlastik (#AntiPlastic) campaign on Monday by holding a breaking-of-the-fast gathering, dubbed "eco-iftar", in Pondok Indah mosque in South Jakarta.
In the eco-iftar, food and beverages were served with glass plates and cups.
Greenpeace Indonesia urban campaigner Muharram Atha Rasyadi expected that the eco-iftar event would inspire Muslims to use less single-use plastic in their daily activities.
"Ramadhan is the moment when Muslims frequently gather during iftar, from which abundant plastic waste is produced, such as plastic straws, cups, plates and bottles," said Atha.
"The #PantangPlastik campaign is aimed at changing urbanites' behavior toward plastic they usually consume throughout their daily activities," he added.
Atha added that Indonesia is the second-biggest plastic polluting country after China. Every person in the country produces approximately 17 kilograms of plastic waste per year.
"Aside from calling on the government to issue stricter regulation to better control plastic waste production, we should also work hand in hand to limit our plastic consumption," Atha added.
The Indonesian Ulema Council's (MUI) head of environment and natural resources division Hayu S. Prabowo said Greenpeace Indonesia had the MUI's full support in the program.
"While the government is in charge of the regulation, the MUI focuses on changing the people's mindset and behavior through a religious approach," Hayu said.
"Besides, the holy book of Quran also states that we, humans, have the responsibility to preserve the Earth and everything on it," he added.(iwa)