Dirty Side of a Paradise / Case of Bali

Considering Asia as an ultimate place to visit, let’s shed more light on one of the most “Instagrammable” islands on the planet – Bali. Paradise, which seems everyone has already visited. Usually, people come back from this exotic and apparently mysterious place more religious, vegetarian, vegan, or at least some kind of spiritually awakened. As exceptional as it may sound or look on Instagram, there is another side of the paradise. The part that is left ignored and definitely off of your newsfeed. 

26 April, 2019

by LAURA GEDVILAITE

 

 

Today Bali is sinking in the ocean of trash and plastic

I have to warn you that most likely you will find the white sand beach from your bucket list covered with plastic straws and cups. The famous surfing place you’ve always been dreaming about paddling through is now full of waste. Seaside, where local children play, is covered in dirt. Oil spill area in the Java Sea is now bigger than the city of Paris. In fact, Indonesia produces around 130,000 tons of plastic every day. It is one of the largest plastic polluters in the world. Today, Bali is sadly conquered by plastic. And it seems that only in the longer run, small changes will accumulate great modifications. 

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Solutions can be made worldwide

Here’s a couple of things to your conscious bucket list while traveling:

- Rather than joining the #BirdboxChallenge, join the #TrashChallenge. Post a photo then with you cleaning a place with #trashtag tag and challenge other people to clean up various public places, such as beaches, parks and litter-strewn streets.

- Turn off your water and gas valves. This helps to avoid wastewater in case of leaks while being abroad.

- Recycle all of the packaging, plastic and cardboard boxes from the goodies you buy during your travels.

- Pack a refillable water bottle. In many countries, you can drink water straight from the tap. 

- Skip the straw. Refuse to use a plastic straw and bring your own. Bali has already banned plastic bags and straws. You can easily purchase a bamboo or a metal straw instead.

- When shopping for souvenirs or groceries, bring your own reusable shopping bag.

- Choose environmentally friendly modes of transportation.

- Join local clean-up. When visiting Bali connect with Ocean Mimic Movement sponsored by Parley of the Oceans (World’s Largest Environmental Movement) or Bye Bye Plastic Bags organization. They are organizing regular beach clean-ups. 

Hope that this will not stop you from traveling but rather encourage you to travel more responsibly.

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“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught, we will realize we cannot eat money.” – Cree Indian Proverb