Indonesian practices to maintain an eco-friendly lifestyle

Brown sugar natural packaging -Photo by Gede Kresna

As the environmental crisis escalates and our natural world is facing serious challenges, unfortunately, there is still a great gap between the level of awareness most people have on these issues and the multitude problems the environment faces.

It is sad to face the fact that Indonesia has been struggling with plastic pollution, while a few decades back we were very much depended so much on nature-based products. Even though many industries have invaded us with all different products, we may at least still find all these environmental-friendly goods in our daily lives here in Indonesia:

Soapberries or soapnuts

It is commonly known as Lerak in Indonesia. It contains natural soap called saponin which is released when in contact with water. It is used for laundry, washing dishes, shampoo and other kinds of cleansers. Unlike many other detergents that have a very strong scent, Lerak has rather a natural scent that fits for everyone. This environmental-friendly soap can be easily found in many traditional markets in Indonesia, and relatively cheap in comparison to the industrialise detergent.

Natural wraps

When visiting a traditional market in Indonesia, it is still very common to find different kinds of food that wrap with leaf in various forms, from sugar to traditional cakes. If you wish to learn more about different styles of natural food wrapping, our partner in North Bali has the knowledge to share with you.

Food Packaging - Photo by Gede Kresna
Food Packaging – Photo by Gede Kresna
Brown sugar natural packaging -Photo by Gede Kresna
Brown sugar natural packaging – Photo by Gede Kresna

Traditional Drinks

In many neighbourhoods around the countries, people may still find this incredible mobile drink sellers that still use refillable glass bottles (mainly in Java) or clay barrel (mainly in Bali) that offer a different kind of traditional drinks, from alcohol to herbal drinks.

Mobile drink seller - Photo by Gede Kresna
Mobile drink seller – Photo by Gede Kresna
Traditional drink keeps in a clay barrel - Photo by Gede Kresna
Traditional drink keeps in a clay barrel – Photo by Gede Kresna

Pumice Stone as a scrub

This used to be a must-have item for every household as it was not perhaps easy to find body or foot scrub at that time. Pumice stone is still very commonly used, especially in rural areas, as it is easily found on the side of the rivers

Becak or Cycle Rickshaw

It was formerly brought by the traders from China in the ’30s and used to rule the streets of Indonesian capital in the ’60s. Even the number now has lessened, this mode of transportation still become the main income for millions of people in Indonesia and surely still helpful for many ladies who are coming from a traditional market with some groceries. Even more, becak is very popular among tourist as it is definitely enjoyable to use for sightseeing around small towns or villages.

Becak Trip
Becak Trip

Traditional Kitchenware

Many Indonesian believe that food would be more delicious if it’s prepared and cooked with the traditional kitchenware made from natural elements. Thus, it is not surprising if many Indonesian still use traditional kitchenware to prepare their meals.

Grill in a bamboo stick - Photo by Gede Kresna
Grill in a bamboo stick – Photo by Gede Kresna

Natural Dye

Indonesia has a spectacular variety of traditional textiles which spread across regions, and each of them has their own specialities and uniqueness. This is not limited to the techniques they use to make the textiles, but also the authenticity of the colouring techniques. In some areas these colouring techniques are still retained from generation to generation, makes the natural dyes become very special.

Natural Dyes From Sumba
Natural Dye from Sumba

To experience all these gorgeous natural products that make our lives here more colourful, take part in one of our Wise Journey or learn more and support local initiatives through Re-voluntourism.

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