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'Back to Besek', NGO promotes ecofriendly container to support local economy, save environment

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Jakarta   /   Fri, September 27, 2019   /  04:12 pm
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Qurban committees use besek (containers made of plaited bamboo) to store qurban (sacrificial) meat at Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta. The mosque chose not to use plastic bags to distribute its qurban meat for this year's Idul Adha. (JP/Syelanita)

Besek (containers made of plaited bamboo) can be the answer to the mounting waste issues facing the capital city, but it takes concerted awareness and efforts to push residents to shift from their reliance on plastic to the more ecofriendly containers that would benefit the environment and spur the residents’ economy, according to a non-governmental organization. The Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation (Kehati) has aimed to promote besek as an alternative ecofriendly food container to styrofoam and single-use plastic in fast food restaurants and government meetings. “Besek could be a much better alternative to styrofoam, which takes very long to degrade,” Basuki Rahmad from Kehati said recently. He said the foundation planned to encourage Jakarta administration officials to use besek food containers instead of styrofoam during their meetings. &ldquo...