Plastic Bags Are Not Free

Pay for Plastic Bag regulation trial was implemented in commemoration of National Waste Awareness Day 21 February 2016 in response to the online petition #pay4plastics. This regulation trial aimed to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags in modern stores and succeeded in reducing the use of plastic bags by an average of 55%.


Ban on Plastic Bags in DKI Jakarta Province

Jakarta Province launched the regulation to ban single use plastic bags through Governor Regulation Number 142 of 2019 concerning the Obligation to Use Environmentally Friendly Shopping Bags. This regulation applies to shopping centers, supermarkets and people’s markets.


Banning Plastic Bags in Banjarmasin

Banjarmasin City is the first city in Indonesia to issue a regulation banning plastic bags through Mayor Regulation Number 18 of 2016. This city is also the first city in the Asia Pacific to carry out this initiative and has triggered other regional governments in Indonesia to do the same.


Banning Single-Use Plastics in Indonesia

The widespread ban on single-use plastics in Indonesia, such as plastic bags, is clear evidence that Indonesia is able to overcome the problem of plastic pollution. After the publication of research by Dr. Jenna Jambeck in the Science Journal in 2015..


Banning Plastic Bags in Bandung

After issuing Bandung City Regional Regulation Number 17 of 2012 concerning Reducing the Use of Plastic Bags, the Bandung City Government issued Bandung City Mayor’s Regulation Number 37 of 2019 concerning Guidelines for Implementing Bandung City Regional Regulations.


Emmy Award 2019: The Story of Plastic

Tiza Mafira as Executive Director of Dietplastik Indonesia had the opportunity to be one of the contributors in the documentary film The Story of Plastics, which won the 2019 Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Writing category. In this film, Tiza and her team’s efforts were featured in overcoming the plastic waste problem in Indonesia, starting from pushing for policies and also educating the public.


Plastic Free March

To celebrate the #PlasticFreeJuly moment, the Plastic Free March was initiated by various organizations and civil society communities to encourage a ban on single-use plastics, encourage improvements to the waste management system, and encourage business sectors to take responsibility for their post consumption waste.


Plastic Free Market Program

The Plastic Free Market Program was launched in 2019 with the aim of broadening the scope of efforts to reduce single-use plastic. This program is carried out in several markets in Jakarta, Bandung, Bogor, Banjarmasin, Surabaya, and


Jakarta Reuse Movement

Dietplastik Indonesia launched Jakarta Reuse Movement program as part of the Reuse Revolution, which offers a solution to replace single-use plastics. This program aims to reduce single-use plastic waste which is difficult to manage.

Dietplastik Indonesia

Dietplastik Indonesia (with previous name Indonesian Plastic Bag Diet Movement) is a non-profit organization that focuses on advocating for policies to reduce single-use plastic waste in Indonesia. Dietplastik Indonesia succeeded in encouraging more than 100 cities to ban the use of single-use plastic after initiating the #Pay4Plastic regulation trial in 2016 with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

Dietplastik Indonesia collaborates with stakeholders such as the government, business sectors and community groups in carrying out waste reduction efforts that are solutive and impactful. The flagship programs which initiated by Dietplastik Indonesia are Plastic Free Market and Jakarta Reuse Movement.

Dietplastik Indonesia has received various awards for what it has done and covered in two documentary films, namely The Story of Plastic (2019) which has won the Emmy Awards and Pulau Plastik (2021).

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Sindu Market Needs a Solution to Replace Plastic BagsA plastic-free traditional market is a very challenging job. Until now, no plastic-free market has been found in Denpasar or even in Bali, even though the government regulation on reducing single-use plastic bags has been issued for three years since 2018. More than socialization and campaigns to traders and buyers are needed; they need to find alternatives. Traders want to retain buyers, and buyers want to avoid bringing their groceries without containers/wrappers. The dilemma is that the price of plastic bags compared to the cost of leaves or other wrapping is very different. Leaf wraps or eco-friendly bags are costly. Meanwhile, traders are being pressured not to prepare plastic bag packaging. Meanwhile, only some know about bringing reusable bags or boxes from home. Sanur Sindu Market, accompanied by the Center for Environmental Education (PPLH Bali) and the Plastic Bag Diet Movement (GIDKP) supported by Canada Fund and DKLH Bali Province, are looking for alternatives, especially plastic bag replacements. This effort aims to answer the problem of the use of plastic bags in the Sindu Market, an average of 2,969 pieces per day (PPLH Bali 2021 research data). This means there has not been a significant decline like in the retail/modern market. In the Sindu Market Plastic Free Market trial dialogue on Sunday, January 9, 2022, in the courtyard, many inputs came from traders, waste care communities, NGOs, academics, and the Government. What has become an exciting discussion is the replacement for canning wrappers. “I can’t replace the plastic canning yet because buyers want caning that shouldn’t wilt, don’t splatter, and when they get home, they can be easily put in the refrigerator,” said Mrs. Putu, a canning seller at Sindu Market. Mr. Gede Sudiana, Head of Sindu Market, gave feedback on how to use baskets in the past. The besek is in one package with a lid; don’t reduce the besek because the lid is being sold again. Make the excess back into Yadnya.” Added by Robi-Navicula, “Yadnya is holy, but we are not aware of using plastic and then leaving it and making the temple tired/dirty. So we lose the sacred meaning itself.” Change takes time, but if there is commitment and supervision or even customs support, a plastic-free market can be implemented. “The message from the Governor of Bali is essentially to reduce, not eliminate 100%, use up what is left and use it over and over again so as not to create new plastic waste,” added Mr. I Made Dwi Arbani, Head of Waste Management, B3 Waste and PPKLH DKLH Bali Province. According to Tiza Mafira, Director of GIDKP, “If the same person goes to a modern market, they can bring their bag, but why are they reluctant to bring their bag when they go to a traditional market? It turns out the answer is that traders still provide plastic bags. Then I asked a Tebet Market trader how much profit would be if you didn’t give plastic bags. The answer is IDR 500,000 per month. I think this experience can inspire traditional market traders at Sindu Market.” Alternatives to crackle, especially for wrapping canning or meat, must be found. It requires cooperation from all stakeholders, including Government, NGOs, and the private sector, to make Perwali 36 and Bali Gubernatorial Regulation 97 successful in reducing the use of single-use plastic on the island of Bali. “Sindu Market is very open to receiving input to become a pilot project for a plastic-free market so that it can later be developed in other markets in Bali. “PPLH Bali has also educated traders and buyers, produced posters, videos, and audio of public service advertisements, and continues to monitor in collaboration with volunteers from Warmadewa University and STT Sanur Kaja,” said Catur Yudha Hariani, director of PPLH Bali.

A plastic-free traditional market is a very challenging job. Until


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Tiza Mafira

Executive DirEctor

Tiza has led Diet Plastik Indonesia, and co-founded it, since 2013. She feels grateful that the environmental law knowledge she learned in college can be used to make changes. In her spare time, Tiza enjoys making doll houses out of cardboard for her children and doing water sports. Tiza is an alumna of the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia (2002) and Harvard Law School (2010).

Tiza Mafira

Executive DirEctor

Tiza memimpin Dietplastik Indonesa, dan turut mendirikannya, sejak 2013. Ia merasa bersyukur ilmu hukum lingkungan yang dipelajarinya ketika kuliah dapat digunakan untuk membuat perubahan. Pada waktu senggang, Tiza senang membuat rumah boneka dari kardus untuk anak-anaknya dan melakukan olahraga air. Tiza adalah alumna Fakultas Hukum Universitas Indonesia (2002) dan Harvard Law School (2010).