Bali Pushes for a Future That is Free From Plastic Bags

Published On November 30, 2012

Carrefour Supermarkets and the Bali Regeneration Foundation (Yayasan Regenerasi Bali) have joined forces and committed to taking steps to eliminate the use of plastic shopping bags. This action comes in light of governor Made Mangku Pastika’s goal to make Bali plastic free. Starting on July 1, 2012, shoppers at Carrefour were encouraged to bring their own reusable shopping bags, or were given the option to buy plastic bags or bring plastic bags from home. Gerardus Gemuruh, the general manager of Carrefour Bali, said the move is important because “on Bali, there are over 15 million plastic bags distributed daily. By stopping the use of plastic bags, Carrefour and Yayasan Regenerasi Bali will stop 350,000 plastic bags per month from going into the environment.” Regenerating Bali has also launched education programs at Carrefour to bring attention to the dangers that plastic bags pose to people’s health and the environment.