Expatriates living in Indonesia are generally well informed about environmental issues and would like to apply the same standards of care for the environment as they do in their home countries. It may be a little more difficult to apply the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle in Jakarta, but we should all try to do our part to make the city as clean and green as possible.
- Reduce your use of plastic bags by taking your own reusable canvas tote bags when you go shopping, or at least shop at stores and supermarkets that provide biodegradable plastic bags made from cassava.
- Carpool whenever possible. Sharing a car to go to work or to go out with friends reduces traffic and uses less gas.
- Sort your trash into organic trash and recyclable trash, such as paper, plastic, aluminum cans and milk cartons. Scavengers will come to look through the trash in the container in front of your house and will make less mess if your trash is already sorted.
- Recycle plastic pouches used for cleaning products through collection points provided by XS Project and buy products made under supervision of the foundation. (www.xsprojectgroup.com)
- Purchase recycled products such as bags and accessories made from disposable materials like billboard vinyl, paper and toothpaste tubes that are handmade locally by small home industries, such as Dyrt Design. (www.dyrtdesign.com)
- What to do with e-waste, i.e. broken or unwanted electrical or electronic devices, which are considered toxic and are not biodegradable? You can sell or give e-waste to a repair shop to be used as spare parts or if your company produces large volumes of hazardous waste you can contact PT Prasadha Pamunah Limbah Industri (www.ppli-indo.com).
- Nokia Indonesia, in cooperation with TES-AMM Indonesia an e-waste recycling company, encourages cell phone owners to drop used phones, Nokia or others, into one of the boxes provided in Nokia Care Centers throughout Indonesia.
- Drop off points for used batteries and CDs include PT. Intimedia, Gedung Rifa Lt. 4, Jl. Prof. Dr. Satrio Blok C-4 Kav. 6-7, Casablanca, South Jakarta or Sekolah Cikal, Jl. T.B. Simatupang Kav. 18, South Jakarta.
- TetraPak containers can be recycled into durable paper and in Bandung they are even made into shoe soles. Drop off points for recycling TetraPak containers include KPAI, an NGO focusing on environmental awareness education, Jl. Raya Warung Buncit No. 2B, South Jakarta (Aulia 0812 13130153) or Citra Garden II, Blok 3 no. 6, West Jakarta (Yanti 0818 828526).
- Make biopore absorption holes in your garden to increase the ability of the ground to absorb water, reduce floods and provide natural organic fertilizer for your plants. You can place pre-composted garden waste into these holes, or simply put leaves and grass clippings and even organic kitchen waste into the biopore holes to naturally compost there. You can buy a biopore hole maker from Father Andang 0818 754842 or Dr. Kusumo Nugroho 0811 942232.
- Take action against climate change by planting a tree with Yayasan Tanam Pohon Indonesia, a non-profit voluntary organization with its mission to react to problems caused by deforestation in Indonesia, to raise awareness of environmental issues and the role forests play, to take action against climate change, to educate children on these issues and to plant trees. (www.onemilliontrees.org)
- When buying wood products look for products with a certification label, such as “Forest Stewardship Council”, to ensure that the wood comes from sustainably managed forests. The website www.fsc-info.org shows which manufacturers in Indonesia sell FSC certified products.
- Coffee is often grown on plantations planted in previously forested areas, including national parks. Choose environment-friendly coffee such as Merdeka Coffee (www.merdekacoffee.com) or Sekar Sedayu brand from Lampung.
- Become a wildlife â€œfoster parentâ€ by adopting a Javan rhino (www.rhinocare.info) or a Sumatran tiger, elephant, orangutan or rhino (www.savesumatra.org). By sponsoring wild animals you contribute money to save the species from extinction and to help conserve their natural habitat.
- Do not buy exotic pets that have been caught in the wild as these creatures should live in their own natural habitat. It is also against the law to purchase souvenirs made from parts of endangered species such as elephants, orangutans, rhinos and tigers.
- Its fun to explore some of Jakartas neighborhoods, such as Kemang and Menteng, using the green maps developed by Green Maps Indonesia. The maps feature icons that show locations that have environmentally friendly credentials and can be down loaded at http://www.greenmap.org/greenhouse/en/node/4611.
- To keep abreast of environmental issues in Indonesia join the Green Lifestyle community, a mailing list to share information and tips on maintaining a green lifestyle in Indonesias cities. Send questions or comments to [email protected] or [email protected].
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