Bye Bye Plastic Bags is a social initiative driven by children, 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.
MEET THE CREW
4 Pillars Of Focus
We believe so strongly that education is where the change can happen. We have created a 25 paged booklet in bahasa indonesian, illustrated by one of our local team members (aged 13), the booklet is all about waste management, marine debris, the simple 3r’s, and youth empowerment! Our next step is to work with the government to get this implemented into all the school systems in Bali, and then hopefully Indonesia.
One Island One Voice
This is a campaign we started for Bali and has our total focus to highlight those shops, restaurants, hotels, etc that are plastic bag free by putting a sticker to indicate that it is part of the “One Island One Voice – Plastic Bag Free Zone” . We use the name and shame technique, and everyone that carries the sticker will get a shout out on all of our social media platforms.
We run a pilot village called Pererenan, home to 800 local families. Every saturday we distribute alternative bags to the local shops and warungs. Its proven to be an intense lobbying where we learn more about the balinese culture; but we learn again, no change will happen without the local support. So we are committed to this village, and motivated to make it plastic bag free!
Young people from every corner of the world were the ones reaching out, the ones sending emails saying “Hey! I want to do Bye Bye Plastic Bags back where I come from!” Now, you can find Bye Bye Plastic Bags in Australia, Jakarta, Guadalajara, New York, Nepal, Myanmar, China, Singapore, and the Philippines. YOUTH EMPOWERMENT!!!
Upcoming Activities + Events
- November 01 Speaking at Asia Sustainability Summit
- November 04 Speaking + booth at Trash Festival in Ubud
- November 05 BIWA Bazzar
- November 16 Bambi Awards – Berlin
- November 22 Children’s Climate Prize Event – Stockholm
TIMELINE of Bye Bye Plastic Bags
What The Media Says
If you want to learn more about Bye Bye Plastic Bags click on these links and read all about our different achievements, obstacles and stories! We've had a roller coaster experience with having our voices heard across the world, have a read and let us know what YOU think.
Inspiring Women: Isabel and Melati Wijsen
These girls want you to say, “Bye bye plastic bags
Asia One Woman
Bye Bye plastic bags: Sisters’ remarkable fight to rid Bali of rubbish
Plastic bags to leave Bali for good
The Sydney Morning Herald
Making Change Happen
PICS & VIDS
Bye Bye Plastic Bags
- Jl. Raya Canggu 88, North Kuta, Bali – Indonesia
- +62 811 3865 907