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Bye Bye Plastic Bags
by Melati & Isabel Wijsen (Non-governmental organization (NGO))

Bye Bye Plastic Bags is a social initiative , driven by the youth to get the people of Bali to say no to plastic bags. Founders and sisters, Melati (15) and Isabel (13) Wijsen started Bye Bye Plastic Bags 3 years ago when they were inspired by a lesson in class about significant people like Nelson Mandela, Lady Diana, Mahatma Ghandi. They went home that day and thought “What can we do as children living in Bali, what can we do NOW.” Bye Bye Plastic Bags was born in 2013 and now has a volunteer team of 25-30 students from all schools around Bali, local and international. And has become a well known international movement of inspiration, youth empowerment, and of course, saying no to plastic bags.

Implementation methodologies:

1. Education: as this is where the change happens. BBPB created an educational booklet in Bahasa Indonesia.
2. One Island One Voice: campaign we started for Bali – Plastic Bag Free Zone” .
3. Pilot Village: We run a pilot village . We distribute alternative bags to the local shops and warungs.
4. BYE BYE PLASTIC BAGS going global.

Follow-up mechanisms:

1. Our next step is to work with the government to get our booklet implemented into all the school systems in Bali, and then hopefully Indonesia.
2. We use the name and shame technique with businesses in Bali, and everyone that carries our sticker will get a shout out on all of our social media platforms.
3. We visit Pererenan every week to reinforce our message and instigate a grassroots change that will last a lifetime.
4. After our TED TALK we got al lot of interest from other youth and schools from around the world , who wanted to start their own BBPB. Today we have 9 countries and 11 in waiting.


BBPB has 2 founders and a board . the board are 4 people and they are responsible for making finl design on the strategy and action of BBPB , one secretary for communication, one social media member and one administration staff. for the numbers. further we have a dedicated team of 25 people. all involved in BBPB are between 8 and 22 years ! we have two elderly advisors.

Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): plastic bag exchange
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions :
  • 427
February 2017
Bali's Biggest Beach clean up (collected 43 tons of waste, mobilized 12.000 people in one day
January 2018
Making Bali Plastic bag FREE
June 2017
Educational booklet in bahasa Indonesia for elementary school on Plastic , ocean debris and waste volume 2
May 2017
Plastic bag exchange day
Other, please specify
10.000 USD ongoing, campaign since 5 years supported mostly by private donations
Other, please specify
5.000 USD c ost of the event , raised and donated in 6 weeks by BBPB
In-kind contribution
based on volunteers and donations of 100% organic plant based bags by our partner AVANI
Other, please specify
created and illustrated by volunteers , print costs 2 US per booklet
Basic information
Time-frame: October 2013 - January 2018
Government of Bali , government Eco Bali , private sector Waste management Avani , private sector alternative bags 100% organic Green School , Academic Institution
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
The ocean and the environment on Bali 's rivers, rice fields and beaches .
Contact information
Melati & Isabel Wijsen , Founder , byebyeplasticbag@gmail.com , 00 62 8113865907
Bali, Indonesia
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