The problem of pollution in Indonesia
Indonesia is one of the biggest polluters of plastic waste.
Recycling is not developed yet, and, concerning plastic in particular, it is more about not recycling, that is to say that after every use, it is transformed into plastic of lesser value, until reaching a point where it cannot be used anymore. Therefore, we have a large amount of plastic which is not recyclable.
This plastic ends up in huge open dumps and if the worst comes to the worst it ends up by streaming, reaching beaches and ending up in the sea. Thus, huge amount of plastic drift in the ocean until forming a sixth continent.
Looking after “our community house”, recyclying these plastic materials becomes urgent ! It is also necessary to make people around us aware of the consequences of their own consumption. Most do not realize the amount of waste they can generate.
Since 2006, to fight against pollution, promote recycling and create opportunities for the community, the Daughters of Charity of the province of Indonesia, with their associates, have been collecting plastic waste in the Kediri dump.
These products are washed, sorted and dried.
Afterward, the material obtained is sharpened and sewed so as to be transformed into utilitarian objects that are proposed for sale.
This action allows the autonomy development of the whole community and the creation of opportunities by setting up new jobs and encouraging a local sector with a human size recycling business.
An initiative to support
Currently, as the non-valued plastic is being constantly increased, the raw material does not miss!
Unfortunately its recycling faces difficulties because the Daughters of Charity only have 2 workers. This job offer is not attractive because it requires special skills particularly for sharpening and sewing our objects. It is also low-paid (between 17 and 24 euros per month).
Thanks to the Rosalie Projects, worker's wages would be able to increase. New employees may also be recruited from among those without resources. After an adapted training, they will be able to improve their lifestyles with decent fees.
Thus the salary of two workers, employed one week per month would reach 50 euros per month that is to say 600 euros for one year.
To ensure a training of three months for 2 plastic cutters, 246 euros (i.e 41 euros per month) would be necessary. In order to hire them and be able to pay them for 9 months, their salary would amount to 972 euros.
The salary of our two other plastic cutters for one year would be 1752 euros.
The sale of objects needs to develop
To these wages is added a commission of 60% on the sale of manufactured objects. Until now we sale our objects locally and on the internet. We have the project to develop our online marketing in order to sell more and increase the wages of workers.
Every two months the objects will be put online. The participation in these sales, the development of our objects and their promotion will require 50 euros each time that is to say 300 euros over one year.
A springboard to the future
Thanks to these wages and the sale of our objects, our workers will be able to live decently. The next goal ifor them is to become independent enough to start their own businesses and hire employees they can train later.
Finally, we know that the future of our common home, the earth, is in our hands. That's why we try to make people aware of the consequences of their own consumption. Most people do not realize the amount of waste they can generate.
That's why we want to launch an awareness program for anyone of goodwill, businesses, congregations and associations which would request it.
Talking to children is a good way to start. The next generation will inherit these pollution issues. Therefore, we will also intervene in schools, and high schools nearby.
By intervening once a month we estimate the expenses at 58 euros each time for the material, the transport and the extra hours requested to our salaries. In other words 696 euros for the year.
Help us to realize our project,
for a cleaner planet!