Humanity’s plastic footprint is probably more dangerous than its carbon footprint,” said Captain Charles Moore.
Indonesia is the largest archipelagic state in the world, with more than 17.000 islands, 6 million square km of waters and more than 91.000 km of coastal lines. It harbors 75% of all known marine life, 23 % of global mangroves and 30.000 square km of seagrass. However, the country also ranks as the second in the world (behind China) for dumping plastic into the sea. From 8 million tons of plastic that is being dumped into oceans worldwide each year, 16 percent comes from Indonesia. According to the Ministry for Maritime Affairs, Indonesians consume a million plastic bags per minute. In one year, the country alone has generated 3.2 million tons of plastic waste, of which 1.29 million ended up in the oceans.