Greenhouse Cowork, Embassy of Sweden and Embassy of Denmark Joined Forces to #BeatPlasticPollution on World Environment Day 2018

Greenhouse Cowork, the Embassy of Sweden and the Embassy of Denmark showed their commitments to #BeatPlasticPollution on World Environment Day, 5 June 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

World Environment Day is a UN Environment-led global event and is the single largest event raising awareness on world environment, taking place 5th of June every year. It is a day that is being marked by thousands of communities worldwide.

Since it began in 1972, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach marked across the globe. For more information, look here.

This year’s theme for World Environment Day is “Beat Plastic Pollution”. The event in Jakarta highlighted the urge for governments, industries, communities, and individuals to come together and discuss as well as explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic polluting our oceans, damaging marine life and threatening human health.

In the last decade, the world has produced more plastic than in the whole last century. In total, people buy 1 million plastic bottles every minute. Additionally, by each year, at least 13 million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans, the equivalent of a full garbage truck every minute.

Today’s event featured presentations on how to #BeatPlasticPollution by Greenhouse, the Ambassador of Sweden Mrs Johanna Brismar Skoog, the Ambassador of Denmark, Mr Rasmus Abildgaard Kristensen Gerakan Indonesia Diet Kantong Plastik, Waste4Change and Project Semesta on plastic pollution, and the exhibition: ‘the Patterns of the Biosphere’.

Greenhouse has committed to organise and promote the World Environment Day celebration through a series of engaging activities and events generating strong public interest and participation. Greenhouse is also opening its doors by providing free event spaces for nonprofit organisations in the future.

“We are committed to driving an environmental consciousness in the markets where we operate. Hence, we see the World Environment Day as a great way to spread awareness on environmental causes while educating our community on how they can live more sustainably,” said Viktor Kyosev, the General Manager of Greenhouse.

He also added, “We are thankful for co-hosting this event together with the embassies of Denmark and Sweden and look forward to working together on larger events on the topic in the near future.”

Greenhouse has led the initiative by setting an example in their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme from planting one tree per member per month in Indonesia, all the way to providing healthy and vegetarian snacks in their pantry.

Through the creative architectural design, the coworking space takes advantage of the natural light and reduces its electricity consumption for its operations. Consequently, with its reduced carbon footprint, the company aims to become the first ever fully environmentally friendly coworking space in Southeast Asia.

“Protecting the environment, climate and oceans is a central priority for the Swedish Government. Plastic in the oceans is one of our most serious global environmental problems and Sweden has taken more steps nationally and internationally to #BeatPlasticPollution,” said Mrs Johanna Brismar Skoog, Ambassador of Sweden.

Greenhouse Cowork, Embassy of Sweden and Embassy of Denmark Joined Forces to #BeatPlasticPollution on World Environment Day 2018

“From 1 July 2018, the Swedish Government will ban hygiene and cosmetic products containing plastic microparticles that are intended to be rinsed off, such as toothpaste, body scrubs, and shower gels. The Government also welcomes the EU Commission’s proposal to ban certain single-use plastic products. In a survey conducted last year, two out of three Swedes are positive to the idea of an outright ban of single-use plastic items such as coffee cup lids, cutlery, and straws,” she added.

“Denmark has a strong focus on how to create and preserve a clean environment, and I am delighted to be part of this event in Jakarta today, to mark World Environment Day”, says Mr Rasmus Abildgaard Kristensen, Ambassador of Denmark.

Greenhouse Cowork, Embassy of Sweden and Embassy of Denmark Joined Forces to #BeatPlasticPollution on World Environment Day 2018

“The green transition in Denmark, including the framework of Circular Economy, is highly driven by private companies. The strong engagement from the business sector combined with ambitious environmental policies has put Denmark in a front-runner position with regards to the development of a Circular Economy.”

“Advancing a circular economy will reduce pressure on Indonesia’s environment and natural resources. Products designed for reuse and recycling will stay longer in the economy and waste quantities will consequently go down”.

“Denmark is also supporting the World Bank Trust Fund on Ocean Debris for Indonesia, which will contribute to addressing the problem of plastic pollution,” Mr Rasmus Abildgaard Kristensen continues.