From Banana Leaves to Plastic BagsDaun 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.
BALI’S RAPID DEVELOPMENT
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.