According to Melati Wijsen, Founder of Bye Bye Plastic Bags & YOUTHTOPIA, it takes passion, planning and teamwork to change the world.
Aged 12 and 10, Melati and her sister Isabel started Bye Bye Plastic Bags. A campaign to end plastic pollution on their home island of Bali
95% of plastic bags were being thrown away after use and Bali produces enough plastic waste every day to fill a 11-storey building. The sisters hated seeing their island drowning in waste and knew they wanted to change it for the better. They spoke at schools, festivals and markets and organised beach clean-ups. To convince the governor of Bali to meet with them, they even went on hunger strike in 2014. After 6 years of campaigning, Bali banned single-use bags, straws and Styrofoam in 2019.
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