All posts tagged: Indonesia


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 …

Green School and ABC Australia

By Australia Network Jakarta, correspondent Gavin Fang The past few months have seen the global economic crisis push the issue of climate change into the background. But for one school in Indonesia, protecting the environment is the very reason it is open. It’s called Green School, and is an experiment of sorts in training the next generation to be stewards of the planet. Read more and see the video….

READ: Young Indonesians Challenge the Old Order

By Stanley A. Weiss JAKARTA—Sitting down with Indonesia’s rising business stars gives a sense of the progress and perils that define the country as it marks a decade since the downfall of authoritarian president Suharto and heads into parliamentary and presidential elections next year. “Indonesia is now an economic powerhouse, the biggest in Southeast Asia,” said Fauzi Ichsan, chief economist at Standard Chartered Bank. “Our middle class is the size of Malaysia’s entire population and growing.” Rozan Anwar, director of a human resources company, compares Indonesia to the so-called BRIC [Brazil, Russia, India, China] countries lauded for rapid economic development since the turn of the millennium. “We say iBRIC—it makes it sound cooler,” said Sandiaga Uno, a leader with the country’s young entrepreneurs association. But ask the same analysts about the country’s political health and the responses are not as positive. “I have no confidence in the political system,” said Arif Arryman of telecommunications giant Telkom. According to Sandiaga, corruption and nepotism are key impediments to progress. “We need to invest in infrastructure and education, …