Pulau Plastik (Plastic Island) is a collaborative campaign to tackle the issue of single-use plastic in Bali and beyond. Pulau Plastik leverages popular culture and includes social media campaigns, short videos, and a feature-length documentary to increase awareness about the hazards of single-use plastic, to change people’s behavior and to advocate for change.

Through community screenings and events, and the distribution of Pulau Plastik content, the main goals of this campaign are to :

  • Change people’s behavior so they begin to refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle
  • Support the implementation of government policy concerning single-use plastics

The pilot episode has been screened to more than 50 communities through events in Bali, Lombok, Java, Sumatera, Sulawesi, Timor, and Papua.


Pulau Plastik produces Public Service Announcements (PSAs) with concrete calls to action that encourage people to refuse single-use plastics.

The series

Four episodes developed for community screenings targeting Balinese audiences. The 20 minute episodes cover key issues surrounding single-use plastics, including microplastics, household sorting and disposal, government policy, and the food and hospitality industry. They strongly feature Balinese philosophy and its relationship with single use plastics. The episodes feature practical solutions and practical calls to action for individuals to reduce single use plastics.

For those who are interested in watching this episode of the series, you can apply for an independent screening.

Episode 1

Segara Kertih (In Harmony with Our Oceans)

Plastics have contaminated the natural environment across the globe. In coastal communities in Indonesia, we explore the extent of how micro-plastics have entered our food chain through the seafood that we eat. Micro-plastics don’t only occur through the breakdown of discarded plastic items, but we also introduce them directly to our waterways through products that contain microbeads. What can companies do to be more sustainable and prioritize planet over profit?

Episode 2

Karmaphala (Consequences of Our Actions)

This episode explores how our consumer culture produces large amounts of plastic waste and introduces the importance of waste separation at home and at the village level. Small individual actions can go a long way, especially in villages with poor waste disposal infrastructure. What can we do to reduce the volume of waste going to Bali’s landfills?

Episode 3

Bedawang Nala (The Turtle that Carried the World)

Considered a sacred animal in Bali and endangered around the world, the sea turtles’ survival is threatened by plastic waste entering ending up in the ocean. Even a single piece of plastic can kill a turtle. In this story restaurant owners visit the first Zero Waste Restaurant in Indonesia and explore alternatives to plastic for food packaging. How can these zero waste solutions be applied to small kiosks and restaurants, can they go zero waste too?

Episode 4

Tri Hita Karana (The Relation between Human, God and Nature)

Bali is a sacred island known around the world as the ‘island of the Gods’, and no place is more sacred than the mother temple Besakih. In this episode thousands of Balinese youth come together to tackle the plastic pollution of their sacred temple. Can Bali’s mother temple go plastic free and be an inspiration for other temples in Bali to follow in her example?

The Film

A feature-length film hosted by Gede Robi of Bali-based band Navicula, that highlights the pollution of plastic waste in Bali and explores the facts behind the overflow of plastic waste that ends up in landfills, in the sea, and in our food. The film is currently under production.