CNN Hero: Udaya Bai: Cooking for Plastic Sustainability

CNN Hero award recipient and celebrity chef Udaya Bai is responsible for one of the largest plastic collection programs in Bali. At the age of 21, Udaya Bai stepped into the world of maritime…

CNN Hero: Udaya Bai: Cooking for Plastic Sustainability

CNN Hero award recipient and celebrity chef Udaya Bai is responsible for one of the largest plastic collection programs in Bali.

At the age of 21, Udaya Bai stepped into the world of maritime transport. Having saved his money and sailed out to sea, he was only able to arrive home one year later because an eye injury had rendered him blind.

After years of living with his loss, Udaya decided to give back in a big way. Today, he’s the founder of Sai Group and runs one of the largest organized plastic collection programs in Bali. It has spearheaded the country’s first project to collect 500 tons of plastic for recycling. The collection has uncovered untold amounts of plastic over the past 20 years.

Now, Udaya is hoping to inspire the 300 people of his tribe to take part in his next mission. He has launched an international road tour through May 15, bringing awareness to the destructive global impact of plastic on the environment. Throughout his travels, Udaya will be collecting items like straws, bottles, tea cups, plastic carrier bags, and drink stirrers. The group will then sit down with plastic collectors, and encourage them to sign up for monthly plastic collection cards.

Eventually, they plan to collect over one million plastic items in just two years.

To watch the full video interview with Udaya Bai, click here.

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