Plastics, one of the slowest materials to degrade. Whether it comes in the form of containers, bottles or wrappers, they are all equally harmful to the environment. A large proportion of those plastics will end up in our seas and oceans.
As the problem increases so does the awareness and willingness to help. Not everybody is there to create waste. There are many attempts and social companies that are seeking to help and reduce plastic contamination, and we are excited to advocate one of them.
DUFMOD is proud to support Bottle For Botol to combat the plastics problem in Indonesia, one bottle at a time.
DUFMOD cofounders, Jenny and Giles Smith, a dynamic husband and wife duo that founded an ocean obsessed, tropical inspired homeware and lifestyle online boutique, saw first hand how dire the plastic waste problem is on the beaches and in the oceans whilst in Bali and the neighbouring islands. Moved by the concept of Bottle For Bottle and their display at a clean eating cafe in Nusa Lembongan, they made Bottle For Botol their first organization to support and donate their proceeds to as part of their DUFMOD 'Add Value' Community Projects initiative.
As for the founders of Bottle For Botol, it was through a simple water bottle exchange program.
Roots Of Bottle For Botol
Today, just like DUFMOD, Bottle for Botol consists of a team of surfers, divers and beach lovers. They are working to protect our oceans and marine life by replacing single-use plastic cups with beautiful stainless steel and BPA free water bottles. The concept is simple, take what has been environmentally unfriendly and tweak it slightly to make it environmentally friendly. By using bamboo in some of their products DUFMOD applies this same concept to help reduce deforestation.
Bottle for Botols story begins with marine biologist, Christine Parfitt and Chris Kemp who saw how detrimental the plastic waste problem was on the beaches and in the oceans around Bali during their separate volunteering assignments. Christine later met Pak Yasa, a local junior high school teacher who’d been running his own environmental club within the school. Together, Christine, Chris and Pak Yasa came up with the concept, pilot program and further development for Bottle for Botol.
“Through partnerships, education and cross-cultural dialogue, our vision is to empower students across the world to move beyond single-use plastics towards an environmentally sustainable future.”
Photo Credit: Bottle For Botol
The Plastic Issue
The only way for many Indonesian schools to access safe drinking water is through purchasing single-use plastic water cups for five cents each (Rp500). These cups contribute enormously to the plastic waste problem in Indonesia. That’s where Bottle For Botol comes in to solve this issue.
The Bottle for Botol Model
Students in both Indonesia and Australia have a competition to design logos for stainless steel water bottles that are then sold through their Australian schools, online and selected retailers.
For every bottle purchased, one is donated to a student at an Indonesian partner school.
Students in Indonesia also take part in an eight-week environmental education program before their canteen switches from single-use plastic cups to selling water refills from reusable dispensers.
Photo Credit: Bottle For Botol
Get Involved With Bottle for Botol
The easiest thing to do is to jump onto their website and Facebook page and see what they’re doing – talk about it, share it with friends and start a discussion about the issue of single-use plastics. To support them directly people can buy a bottle through their website or make a donation. If schools are interested in getting involved there is also information about how to do that. There is a fundraising photographic exhibition ‘Over The Falls’ being held on the Gold Coast by four young surfers raising money Bottle for Botol, so you can also support that. There are lots of different avenues but the most important thing is getting the dialogue going.
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