Founders and sisters, Melati (15) and Isabel (13) Wijsen started Bye Bye Plastic Bags back in April 2013 and have since then been having a huge impact on plastic bag usage in Bali and outside.
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During their adventure, they’ve met with the UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon, they have signed an MOU with the governor of Bali, Bp. Mangku Pastika, to make the people of Bali say NO to plastic bags, gave a TED Talk in London, and much more.
A snippet from an interview with Forbes Indonesia:
The girls saw it firsthand in their favorite local beach, Seseh, which was, as Melati puts it, “swallowed up by garbage.” “When you’re at the beach sunbathing or going for a swim, you’re swimming with plastic, you’re sunbathing with plastic. There’s no escaping it,” says Melati.
Those experiences led them, in April 2013, to start Bye Bye Plastic Bags, when they were just …