Towards the Human City

Bye Bye Plastic Bags

Bye Bye Plastic Bags is a social initiative driven by local and international children between 11 and 17 years old living in Bali. The initiative’s mission is to ban the use, sale and production of plastic bags in the island of Bali by 2018. It was founded in 2013 by Melati and Isabel Wijsen, two sisters who were 10 and 12 years old when they started the Bye Bye Plastic Bags movement.

Bye Bye Plastic Bags has a volunteer team of 25-30 students, which includes students from all over Bali and international students. It has become a well-known international movement of youth empowerment and the story of the sisters has inspired Bye Bye Plastic Bag campaigns all over the world. The sister’s dream is that citizens continue to replicate the initiative by organizing themselves to raise awareness and pressure the government towards a stronger commitment regarding environmental issues in the cities.

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