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Bali Hotels Establish Green Team

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The Bali Hotels Association (BHA), a professional group of star-rated hotels and resorts in Bali, has formed a “BHA Green Team”.

The Green Team consists of representatives from member hotels around Bali who are responsible for environmental and sustainability initiatives. The Green Team meets once a month to share ideas and attend presentations from various environmental organizations and green suppliers. It serves not only as a forum for education but also a place for sharing ideas and networking.

This year the BHA has selected as one of its key environmental initiatives “Say No to Disposable Plastic”. The Green Team members monitor and measure their plastics usage at each hotel and submit metrics every month to the BHA.

The objective of the initiative is to reduce and replace disposable plastics with more environmentally friendly alternatives such as bio-degradable plastics, glass, ceramics, etc., wherever possible. Participant hotels hope to achieve a 20%reduction in disposable plastics as a group within the next 12 months, which would equate to approximately 5,000 of kilograms of disposable plastics per month.

Bipan Kapur, BHA Director of Environment, said, “The enthusiasm, drive and energy in the Green Team gives me the confidence that we are doing the right thing and that this new generation will go all out to protect what is most precious to mankind. We are indebted to them as them as they truly understand the value and importance of preservation for the future.”

Plastic is one of the most toxic pollutants of our time. Being a non-biodegradable substance composed of toxic chemicals, plastic pollutes the earth, air and water. It is estimated that Bali generates approximately 750,000 kilograms of plastic garbage per day, almost 50% more than Jakarta.

BHA Chairman Jean-Charles Le Coz said, “I am very proud to lead an organization that has been, since 2003, proactively tackling environmental issues through training, and sharing of best practices and events like Clean Up the World. This year’s initiative of ‘Say No To Disposable Plastic’ brings this commitment one step higher with some quantifiable goals for all our 100+ members. We will also keep focusing on involving the local community through various educational projects, both in-house and through partnerships.”

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