Bye Bye Plastic Bags is a social initiative driven by children to say no to plastic bags on Bali by 2018.
Hi, our names are Melati (14) and Isabel (12) and we are the founders of Bye Bye Plastic Bags. Bye Bye Plastic Bags is a social initiative driven by children, between ages 11 to 17 years. We are young world changers from all over the globe, together on this special island of Bali. We study at Green School, Montessori school, Bali Independent School, Canggu Community School, Australian school and many local schools like the elementary SD 1 & 2 in Pererenan, as well as Ganesha Home Schooling.
Our mission is to get the people of Bali to say NO to plastic bags by 2018. We do this with the help and support of HUMAS, Government bodies such as DKP and BLH, Angkasa Pura at the International airport in Bali, UNORCID, ROTARY International – Interact Department. Our campaign is a Roots & Shoots Program of Dr. Jane Goodall.
How do we plan to achieve our goal?
We had our own Plastik Tidak Fantastik festival complete with a trash fashion show. We met an impressive stream of important people and started collaborations with Dr. Jane Goodall, we became part of her roots and shoots program, we became a part of Rotary International as well. We met the secretary general of United Nations, Mr. Ban-ki Moon, and now officially carry the UNORCID logo and most importantly we met with the Governor of Bali.
We were lucky to meet celebrities that reached out to Bye Bye Plastic bags like Tyra banks, India Arie, Michael Franti and Ari Lasso.
We were given awesome rewards such as the YAK award and the ROLE Foundation High school role model award, 2014. Also, in 2014 we received a standing ovation at the INK talks in India – Absolutely the cherries on the pie!
But the biggest achievement was the “MOU” signed, at the end of the year, between the Governor and BBPB. In this he and the local government states to support and help BBPB to make the people of Bali say NO to plastic bags by 2018.