From Banana Leaves to Plastic Bags

Daun Pisang

Many years ago the traditional Bali packaging – a banana leaf – was replaced by a plastic bag. This change was very rapid and many Indonesians, especially the older generation, could unfortunately not really grasp what this meant for the environment. That means that instead of banana leaves that decompose really quickly, we now have plastic bags in the ditches, rivers and finally in the sea.


Even if it seems very simple and superficial the banana leaf example is typical of the entire development of Bali, which in the last years has shown an amazing pace in all sectors. Every year the number of hotels, cars, mopeds and tourists increases in Bali, mostly concentrated in the south of the island.

This rapid development also causes problems, in particular an immense problem with waste disposal, and as a business enterprise, we see it as our duty to make the greatest possible contribution, at least in environmental protection.

How we help

In our hotels we started with measures that are “normal” for western standards, for instance asking our guests to switch off the light, ventilator or air conditioning if they are not in the room, or to use their towels more often. We have installed a water-saving button for toilet flushing and equipped the entire hotel with energy-saving lamps.

The Beach-Clean-Up actions that are organised regularly have in the meantime become very popular in Bali and are carried out by us and other business enterprises.

It is, however, more effective to tackle these problems at the source, and so we have banned one-way plastic packaging from our camp kitchens and restaurants and only use reusable containers for portioning and storing food, and for our take-away breakfasts – which is quite pricey in Bali. At the reception in Bali Surfcamp Seminyak and Canggu guests can borrow a jute bag when they have shopping to do in the supermarket round the corner.

KIma Refil Bottles

We do not sell any beverages in plastic bottles and offer an environmental-friendly “all-you-can-drink” variant with our reusable and PVC-free Refill Kima Bottle. This

The income from the drink bottles goes mostly to an “R.O.L.E. Foundation” an environmental and social project in Bali Kima is sporting as main sponsor. We also work with the renowned and trustworthy waste disposal company “Bali-Recycling” specialised in recycling and which also disposes of hazardous waste safely.

So say no to the obligatory and often unnecessary plastic bag in Circle-K shop, don’t put your cigarette butt in the sand, switch off the air conditioning during the day – set a good example. Everyone can do their bit for an even greener Bali.