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Waste goes global: Instagrammer documents Indonesian debris found on Phuket beach

  • Gisela Swaragita
    Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, August 14, 2019   /  01:21 pm
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Global garbage: Ivana Kurniawati, an Indonesian living in Thailand, posted on her Instagram account (@ivana_kurniawati) this photograph taken on Sunday during a coastal clean-up event at Nai Yang Beach in Phuket, Thailand. Among the marine debris that had washed ashore were easily recognizable packaging from Indonesian-made products, she said.(instagram.com/@ivana_kurniawati)

The country has made a bold commitment to reduce the plastic waste polluting its waters in an attempt to tackle the critical marine debris problem at home, but its war on marine litter comes not a moment too soon for the region – if not overdue – with Indonesian waste washing up on a Thai beach. Images recently surfaced on social media showing plastic packaging and other waste from Indonesian-made products that have washed ashore on a beach in Phuket, Thailand, shocking Indonesian internet users on the alarming state of marine pollution. The images were shared on Instagram by Ivana Kurniawati (@ivana_kurniawati), an Indonesian living in Thailand, when she joined a coastal clean-up with local residents on Sunday at Phuket’s Nai Yang Beach. Ivana showed through a series of photos the kind of trash she had fou...