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Keep Bali Clean Surf Challenge – Slash don’t Trash

March 25, 2017 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Bali is facing an environmental and potential health disaster with the trash on the much loved island. Only 3 decades ago, plastic was not used in Bali. Most Balinese would bring a woven bag to carry items home from the markets. Today, almost every item that is purchased throughout Bali, from ceremonial offerings to food, to general house hold items, is packed in plastic. Bali’s population is estimated at 4-5 million people and most residents receive a minimum of Two plastic bags per day. That’s close to 10 million plastic bags per day.

With insufficient education on the disposal of rubbish, many of Bali’s millions of plastic bags end up littering the environment, finding their way into the water streams and eventually ending up in the ocean.

Keep Bali Clean is a campaign aimed at reducing Bali’s current littering problem. Through Donations and sales Keep Bali Clean have already distributed over 30,000 reusable bags to consumers in Bali. Keep Bali Clean is currently running an anti-littering campaign on local TV station DEWATA TV. The campaign is funded through T shirt sales and donations from individuals and business. Their target is to have 4 commercials playing daily.

Made Raditya Rondi, 4 times ASIAN surfing Champion, has recently become the latest Keep Bali Clean Ambassador.

During 2017 Keep Bali Clean plans to undertake a number of new projects. This includes creating new TV ads featuring Superman Is Dead and Made Adi Putra. They will employ two full time staff to continue to provide education to primary schools, and work to introduce a Keep Bali Clean Star System for Bali Hotels, hotels will receive stars relevant to how they are assisting to keep Bali clean.

There will be a subsidised rubbish collection program and compost bins will be provided to a Canggu village as a trial to improve rubbish disposal.

In support of these projects a charity surf contest will be held on Sunday 9th April, commencing at 4pm and running though until after sunset. Supported by LOKO Bali and Finns Beach Club, the event will feature 16 of Bali’s best battling it out in the waves of Pantai Berawa, directly in front of Finns Beach Club.

We suggest getting there early to grab a prime vantage point on the beach or within Finns Beach Club. Entry to Finns Beach Club will be available via a donation to Keep Bali Clean (minimum Rp 50,000) or purchase of Keep Bali Clean merchandise including caps and tshirts, available on the day. There will be raffles and prizes and the chance to learn more about this wonderful campaign and all they are doing to Keep Bali Clean.

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