All posts tagged: Ubud

Ubud kids selling garbage to Sampah Jujur

Ubud schools joining the fight against plastic with Sampah Jujur

Public schools around Sayan in Ubud, Bali are starting to take advantage of their trash problem. Sampah Jujur volunteers Ibu Kadek, Pak Ketut and their son, Gian, also part of the Green School family, have been visiting a few schools around the Sampah Jujur HQ in Sayan, Bali, to share the news that Sampah Jujur is now buying plastic to be recycled. Today, SMP N 2 Ubud (a public middle school) and five SD (public elementary schools) are partnering up with Sampah Jujur to sort their trash and get cash in return for their recyclables. Sampah Jujur, led by John Hardy, hosts a trash walk every day (except for Sundays) starting at 7am from Bambu Indah. Many individuals that share a passion to make Bali cleaner and plastic-free joins the trash walk and help to sort their trash haul into different categories of garbage. Sampah Jujur HQ is located in a traditional market in Sayan and next to a public elementary school, so local residents have started to ask questions and learn what it is all about. …

Bambu Indah in the Guardian

Bambu Indah in the Guardian

John always says that Bambu Indah is a garden with a hotel attached, something which the Guardian noticed. Meals at Bambu Indah in Ubud are created using produce from the hotel’s own organic vegetable garden. Bambu Indah was founded by the Hardy family who are also behind Bali’s Green School and their passion for the environment is evident in the menu. Eating locally and sustainably is also very healthy. Sitting in the open-air bamboo structure of Bambu Indah’s restaurant you can eat curry with eggplant and beans or “raw lasagna” made from layers of uncooked zucchini, mushrooms and tomato and topped with pesto. Read the rest: The 5 most healthy places to eat in Bali.  

Ubud garbage dump by Rio Helmi

READ: Where has all the rubbish gone? The backstage of Ubud

A look at Ubud’s garbage problem by anthropologist Graeme MacRae on Ubud Now and Then. From logistics to economics- a pretty scary read. This dump was, until 2010, a beautiful, forested ravine, between a village and ricefields, into which dozens of trucks daily, from Ubud and several other villages have been dumping mixed rubbish for the past four years. The ravine is about 30m deep and 10 m wide and is now filled for about 600 metres. In another year or two the entire ravine will be filled. Toxic leachate is almost certainly seeping downstream and into the groundwater. Methane is almost certainly being generated within the fermenting mass. If we are lucky it will (sooner or later) leak into the atmosphere and ultimately reach the greenhouse layer. If we are less lucky it might simply explode. This is the flipside of Ubud’s clean, green streets.

Elora Hardy by Heather Bonker at TEDxUbud

TEDxUbud: Elora Hardy and Houses made of grass

In 2014, Elora spoke at TEDxUbud. “Thousands of handmade pegs, 18 meter long poles, bare feet, and hundreds of hands. This is what it takes to make a house designed by Elora Hardy. She’s interested in changing the perception of luxury in relation to scarcity and abundance. Her tool? The super grass that is bamboo.” Raised in Ubud, Elora spent 14 years of her young adult life in the United States, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University and went on to become sole textile and print designer for Donna Karan Intl. In 2010, Elora returned to Bali to carry on the incredible work of the design-build team that created the world-renowned Green School in Bali, founded by her father John Hardy. She reconnected with the culture and landscape that she loves and today continues to cultivate Balinese artisans alongside innovative designers and architects with the goal of making Bali a global center for sustainable design and bringing those designs to the rest of the world.