Indonesia’s plastic waste problem
For more than 50 years the global production and consumption of plastics have continued to increase, and we are now facing a world where there is more plastic in the oceans than fish by weight.
Indonesia is one of the countries where plastic waste is a huge problem. Home to more than 267 million people, it is believed to be the world’s second-largest contributor of plastic pollution in the oceans, after China. Nearly 15% of all plastic waste that end up in the oceans comes from Indonesia.
Four of Indonesia’s rivers rank among the world’s top 20 polluted rivers, and it is estimated that Indonesians use more than 93 million plastic straws every day, more than 9.8 billion
plastic bags every year, and almost 95% of these bags end up as waste!
It can be difficult to imagine what plastic pollution is actually doing to our planet, but if you ever visit Indonesia, it will become clear that plastic is slowly infecting all of our ecosystems. We rapidly need to find a cure that can heal our ecosystems and we need to realize that plastic pollution is real, is a fact and is happening.
It is not only our oceans and marine life that are heavily affected by plastic pollution; but the local population in Indonesia lives directly alongside the plastic pollution.
Let us take you on a tour through the plastic pollution of Indonesia.
You smell the beach even before you see it. Imagine a layer of plastic trash covering beaches and coastlines that operate as playgrounds for children. The local population in Indonesia lives directly alongside the plastic pollution where their livelihood and daily life are affected by plastic waste.
The Indonesian government and local fishermen are fighting an endless battle against plastic pollution in the rivers. More than 200,000 tons of plastic end up in the world’s oceans from Indonesia’s rivers every year.
The plastic affects everybody. It hurts the economy as well as people's health. Local fishermen see a decline in fish catch because the plastic sits on the feeding ground of the fish. It interferes with the propellers of the fishing boats. Finally, stationary fishing nets are clogged with plastic garbage, so there are no room for fish and mussels.
We are collecting plastic (Ocean Waste Plastic) from the oceans, rivers and beaches in Indonesia not only to help the locals, but also to create a more sustainable and greener future for our planet and future generations. Products made in Ocean Waste Plastic is plastic collected from e.g. the ocean, beaches and rivers illustrated with pictures on this page.