Bali Playing cards to fight the plastic problem

As most people know, Indonesia still has a huge problem with plastic pollution. Almost half of Indonesia’s trash ends up in the ocean. While first world countries send their garbage to Indonesia. ⁠
This is not a problem of surfers or tourists only, nor is it a problem of Indonesia. It’s a massive disaster that impacts all of us and that needs awareness and immediate action!

In order to support the “Bye Bye Plastic Bags” campaign, which is an established NGO that is already deeply involved into the topic for years, German illustrator Claudie Linke has decided to create and sell playing cards based around the theme of Bali (Surf, People, Culture, Lifestyle, Music etc). The key idea is to multiply the donation into much more in the long run – by creating something of more value, facilitated through the transformative magic of arts. The sales of these playing cards will turn into an easy, steady, long term support for “Bye Bye Plastic Bags”. 

How can you support the project?

Once Claudie can afford production, she would sell those decks via her online shop. She can ship to 63 countries worldwide. Plus, she already has some of the best local surf shops onboard (gonna be a nice, timeless Bali souvenir)! Each sale supports the “Bye Bye Plastic Bags” Campaign directly.

Your benefit?

Most importantly, you back up an amazing organization – Bye Bye Plastic Bags. And even more, everyone who supports this campaign with an amount >50 EUR, will be sent a playing card deck (worldwide shipping). In case, this campaign is not gonna be successful, your funds will be forwarded straight to the NGO. No risk!


Claudie just started drawing that deck, so she will document the ongoing creation progress on her website and her Instagram page.


So please stay tuned &  join her on the ride!

Every little donation counts to kick off this idea.

The two sisters, Melati (17) and Isabel (15) Wijsen started Bye Bye Plastic Bags at the ages of 10 and 12, after being inspired by a lesson in school about significant people, like Nelson Mandela, Lady Diana, and Mahatma Ghandi. The sisters returned home that day and asked themselves, ‘What can we do as children living in Bali, NOW, to make a difference?’ Bye Bye Plastic Bags was born in 2013 and has now grown into a well known international movement of inspiration, youth empowerment, and of course, saying NO to plastic bags. Their vision is a world free of plastic bags. Their mission is to empower people to do what is right through education, campaigns, and political meetings.

These two sisters are awesome – they just do and then they think further: For example, they now also teach kids on Bali how to fish trash out of the rivers with recycled tools in order to prevent ocean pollution (imagine – surf is a truly gnarly adventure in rainy season in Bali, it literally makes you sick). They also look into how to reduce waste in general. I really admire them, they did already proof big time that it is possible to spark a big change around here. Inspiring, so let’s fund them!

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