All Hands on Deck for a Plastic-Free Indonesia
Coasting through Indonesia’s exotic islands is undeniably a larger-than-life experience, and we cannot fully immerse ourselves in such a pursuit without having sustainability in mind. We all have a proactive part to play in safeguarding Indonesia’s natural resources, which is a marvelous display of nature’s opulent gift to us. For us, it is important to educate ourselves regarding current environmental policies and to encourage our guests and partners to share in this vision of creating a greener Indonesia.
A big, audacious environmental goal
A growing economy like Indonesia is naturally linked to heavy consumption, resulting in rising levels of harmful byproducts, specifically plastic waste that ends up in waterways and coastlines. With the overall wellbeing of its citizens and the environment as its core concern, the Indonesian government recognizes the challenge and has responded with a system-wide framework to face the threats of plastic pollution.
According to the World Economic Forum, Indonesia has pledged to cut back marine plastic trash by 70% in the next five years. By 2040, the whole country aims to achieve a pollution-free status through embracing a circular economy where plastics will be sustainably reprocessed, reused, and eliminated accordingly.
The Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs of Indonesia shared the following five-point plan that will help achieve their sustainability goals:
- To avoid the utilization of 1.1 million tons of plastic annually by reducing or replacing plastic usage.
- To ensure the sustainable and proper management of certain plastic products and packaging that cannot be replaced with more sustainable materials.
- To increase plastic waste collection to 80% by 2025.
- To double current recycling capabilities and process an increment of 975,000 tons of plastic.
- To increase the capacity of safe waste disposal facilities and process an increment of 3.3 million tons of plastic waste annually.
The country is at a very pivotal point in its history as it responds to a global call to sustainability on an unparalleled scale. To wake up into a plastic-free Indonesia, the national government is inviting all sectors to work in unison towards the vision they have laid out. Through coordinated execution, shared knowledge, and consistent adherence to regulations, Indonesia can succeed in building a more sustainable future.
Luxury Sailing Yacht Lamima is going all-out for Indonesia’s plastic-free journey
We studied our operation’s every facet and have adopted new technologies and practices to lower our carbon footprint as we conduct our private charter in Indonesia. We started our efforts by reducing our use of plastic bottles and bags and have now moved into other larger-scale programs. Currently, we are utilizing a macerator or a pump station that processes solid waste into smaller elements that allow for safer disposal.
We value the environment the same way we value our guests. We consistently observe the following sustainable procedures and practices:
- We only use bamboo and cassava straws.
We strongly believe that every small act towards environmental preservation creates a ripple effect that significantly contributes to the overall cause. Eliminating single-use plastic straws is one of those quick and easy steps that every company in the hospitality industry should already be doing by now. Other Indonesian yachts are also doing the same action.
- We have replaced single-use plastic water bottles with tumblers.
After an adventure-filled day of hiking, diving, and doing other outdoor activities, our guests do not need to worry about drinking from plastic bottles that contribute to the accumulation of more plastic waste.
- We only use eco-friendly sunscreens.
Once we commit to doing something, we make sure every aspect of our business reflects our mission, and that we do not leave any detail behind. We are immensely proud and happy to share that even our sunscreens are both guest and environment friendly.
- We produce our own safe and potable water through processing seawater using a special filter.
As much as we can, we actively seek ways to go beyond recycling by finding ways to consume sustainably and substantially decrease our plastic waste. We have invested in infrastructure that allows us to collect seawater and purify it up to a safe consumption level. We store the water we collect in metal containers that we fill up throughout the day. For special requests, we still do offer mineral water to guests who prefer a specific brand.
- All organic waste is processed and safely discarded into the sea.
Another practice we have institutionalized to eliminate the use of garbage bags is through utilizing a macerator to process biodegradable and organic waste. This device breaks down organic waste and consequently safely disposes the smaller particles into the ocean as feeds for the fishes. Alternatively, for unavoidable circumstances when plastic packaging must be used, we are also implementing a system wherein these plastic materials are cleaned, compacted, and stored efficiently to save space. We ardently take part in Indonesia’s voyage towards becoming a plastic-free country. This is aligned with our mission to help you create meaningful experiences in the most responsible, ethical, and environment-friendly ways.Furthermore, luxury sailing yacht Lamima has also been certified by Registro Italiano Navale (RINA), one of the pioneering marine classification societies in the world. Upholding the RINA standards means having a very minimal carbon footprint that aligns with Lamima’s commitment to offering a grand experience to its guests through conscious and earth-friendly means.
Join the revolution
Lamima invites you to be part of our journey of working together to achieve Indonesia’s audacious goal of bringing down plastic pollution to zero by 2040. Our collective and unified effort is a form of gratitude and respect to nature, especially to Indonesia’s beautiful coastal lines and fascinating marine life. Ultimately, it is for posterity—to allow the next generation to experience exploring our planet with the same wonder as we did.
It is ideal that you consider to charter a boat in Indonesia which are taking steps to minimize or eliminate totally their pollution on water and land. You must also consider all the item that you will pack in your luggage to ensure that you will not be disposing of any plastic waste while in transit. Some remote areas have limited capacity in terms of waste management, so it would be best to limit your garbage to organic waste.
We are extremely excited to host you and bring you to Indonesia’s most precious sights, while resolutely observing sustainable practices. We hold the country’s enchanting islands, together with its beautiful people, close to our hearts. We commit to actively doing our part in ensuring that we keep Indonesia’s natural resources pristine, lush, and devoid of plastic waste.