Kick off interactive expo on plastic

Brantas XOXO - an interactive expo on plastic

Embrace your river

Brantas XOXO – the interactive expo on plastic kicked off in Gresik and Sidoarjo, East Java. XOXO means kiss and embrace. The exposition will travel to upstream villages along the Brantas river to inform communities about the plastic waste in the river and inspire them to take action.

Plastic in the picture

Brantas XOXO provides a penetrating picture of the amount of  (micro) plastics in the river. After being welcomed by a 2.5 meter high colorful mask, you can walk through a plastic tunnel. The mask and tunnel are made up of thousands of plastic bottles and bags that have been fished out of the river and cleaned. The Plastic in Nature photo exhibition  shows beautiful, alarming photos of plastic waste in the river. Anyone can enter the photo contest “Waste in the Brantas River” on Instagram with their own photo.

Microplastics in food and tap water

The Water Quality Lab invites to test water samples from the river on microplastics. Women in Sidoarjo are alarmed after finding microplastics not only in the water from the river, but also from their owns taps. School children found more microplastics than plankton in their samples from the river and are wondering if this is also the case for the fish from the river, fish that they eat.

Community Action Lab

In the Community Action Lab people are inspired to take action. For example by turning their village into a Zero Waste Village. In a Zero Waste Village, waste is separated and collected by a waste management service. People can get involved by mapping out how household waste is managed in their village, sharing their aspirations in the Tree of Hope and participating in meetings with the responsible government agencies.

Toko Pokka

In the Toko Pokka, women can fill their own glass jars with bulk goods such as oil, flour and sugar, and buy washable diapers and other plastic-free products. The women in Sidoarjo like to come here because of the low prices. Women who want to start their own plastic-free village store with bulk goods can come here for advice.

Brantas XOXO is an initiative of the Indonesian environmental organisation ECOTON in cooperation with the consortium partners of the aksibrantas project.