Month: May 2016

Sampah jujur kids

The business of buying trash with Sampah Jujur

Sampah Jujur is an initiative based in Baung, Bali, to create an economy for plastic and other waste.  Started by John Hardy, the initiative began as morning walks picking up trash around the neighborhood.  Meeting at Bambu Indah in Ubud most weekday mornings around 7-7:30am, people walk, collecting items for recycling and reclaiming garbage from the paddies, streets and streams, bringing them to Bambu Indah, where the trash is sorted and picked up by the garbage buyers. In early 2016, Sampah Jujur (Honest Trash) created a stall in the local Sayan Market. The stall offers to buy trash from people working in the market and from the general community at fair prices.  In a few months the community (including kids from local primary schools who have saved their garbage for the week) has brought over 2,500 kilograms of plastic, metal and paper to be sold at the market stall! Sampah Jujur has also installed compost and recyclable bins in the market and now has over twenty compost piles. If compost is sold this could mean a …

MEET: Jeroen from Social ImpaKt

We recently had Jeroen from Social ImpaKt join us on a trash walk. Social ImpaKt’s vision is that everyone, everywhere has access to safe and affordable technologies within their homes. Its mission is to bring simple, eco-friendly life changing and enhancing technologies like water filters, solar lamps to remote areas (the last mile) and urban centers in Bali and East Indonesia. Social ImpaKt also aims to create micro-business opportunities with these technologies. Here’s what Jeroen had to say about his trash walk experience: “We started the trash walk with John at 7 am on this beautiful Saturday morning. We were a group of about 40 people, composed of local parents and students at the Green School. We walked from the Bambu Indah resort, our starting point down to the river and then entered the forest. On the way, we picked up plastic trash on the road, in the ditches, following John’s steady footsteps. We filled a pick up truck with trash from a dumpsite on the way. The trash walk was an entertaining and impactful way to do some …

Sustainable Solutions at Green Schooll

DO: The Sustainable Solutions Festival

Sustainable Solutions at Green School is a music, arts and environmental festival aiming to connect, inspire and equip our community to live more sustainably NOW! 2016 THEME: GREENING OUR SCHOOLS & COMMUNITIES STUDENTS of all ages, get inspired to green your school physically & socially! EDUCATORS learn and share about green projects to be done with students! ORGANISATIONS & COMMUNITY GROUPS engage and network with NGOs, local businesses and youth. Share the challenges and triumphs of shifting mindsets! ARTISTS & MUSICIANS share and collaborate with those focused on environmental and social causes. YOU just show up, join the conversation, learn from others, pick up some green living tips and tricks or get involved with local eco-initiatives! Sustainable Solutions Program Solutions Showcase + Eco-market A demonstrative, interactive marketplace, featuring students, NGOs, local businesses, and community members sharing their green projects, initiatives, products, and services. Workshops Facilitated by students and community members, these hands-on sessions will show HOW TO make, build, or do something that will help us and others live more sustainably. Activists’ Stage An inspiring space …


MEET: Indosole, working to get 1 million tires out of landfills

Indosole is a great Indonesia-based social enterprise looking to repurpose one of the most difficult pieces of trash in our landfills- the humble tire. Indosole takes Indonesian tires and turns them into great shoes. It’s that simple and that amazing. As Indosole says: There is a massive amount of tire waste in the world. Waste tires sit in stockyards, illegal dumping sites, and even rivers. In tropical countries tires can become breeding grounds for mosquitos, which lead to nasty diseases like malaria and dengue fever. It is nearly impossible for tires to decompose. Due to their structure, tires take thousands of years to decompose. So technically the first tire ever made is still out there somewhere. In third world countries tires are used as a cheap alternative for fuel. This, along with tires that catch fire due to lightning storms, result in toxic oils and fumes that are harmful for human health. We need to act fast. Our Solution We repurpose these indestructible tires into the soles of some of the most durable footwear around. Indosole is …

John Hardy in Japan

Back to Ishizaka for the opening of a new community center

The reason I went to Japan was to speak at an event held by Ishizaka, a recycling facility that takes buildings and recycles them up to 95% in Saitama, Japan. They are now making a land trust around the plant and are regrowing the forest. They are also sponsoring the agriculture industry around them, supporting organic farming. They have just built a traditional Japanese community center with beautiful gardens and the Satoyama Expo event was an official opening ceremony. If you haven’t read my blog post on the facility, find it here. Hope to be back here very soon to work on an all bamboo building for them.  -JH   Mural at the Expo Bamboo shoots in Japan In the recycling facility