A project by: NISKALA


WE RAISED $2,160

from 29 donors

This project received pledges on Thu 18 May 2017
Reconnecting to nature through zero waste ceremonies

A Global Problem Magnified on the Island of Bali

Waste management and environmental pollution is a serious global issue, one with direct effect on our populations and environment. This issue manifests itself not only with commercial and industrial waste but also with our everyday behaviors, including traditional ceremonies and religious gatherings.

With 8 out of 10 people around the world describing themselves as religious, there is significant opportunity to integrate pro-environmental actions with sacred, ceremonial traditions and religious teachings . As former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said, religion plays a critical role in protecting the environment and has called upon the world’s faith communities who occupy “a unique position in discussions on the fate of our planet.”

Story of Bali

NISKALA hails from the island of Bali, a deeply religious Hindu island in Indonesia with ceremonies and traditions that are central to daily life. The Balinese live closely by the life philosophy of the Tri Hita Karana: harmony with god, people, and nature.

Balinese Hindus perform over 2,000 ceremonies per year resulting in hundreds of tons of waste, which is exacerbated by the fact that the island is becoming increasingly middle class.

While the traditions and ways of performing ceremonies have not changed, the materials used in these ceremonies have. Traditional 100% biodegradable, natural elements have been replaced by synthetic and plastic materials that present a serious environmental hazard. NISKALA provides the opportunity for religious people around the world to reconnect with the sacred and the traditional by way of sustainable, environmentally-friendly ceremonies.

The Solution to Ceremonial waste

NIskala in Bali, our pilot and point of inspiration

NISKALA’s mission is to inspire Balinese people to align with their Tri Hita Karana through environmentally low-impact ceremonies. We are implementing a two-pronged solution in Bali that addresses the:

  1. Immediate need for a post-ceremony cleanup service
  2. Education and targeted communications that integrate responsible waste management practices with religious teachings

Where Will the PILOT FUNDING go?

Through this crowdfunding campaign, we are looking to raise £1500 to launch a 3-month pilot program in Denpasar, Bali. This initial funding will be used to develop the online platform, which will be integral to our service, as well as advertising and promotion. The seed money will also be used to establish infrastructure in 10 pilot villages in the Denpasar region. NISKALA has already partnered with the leading recycling and composting services on the island, ecoBali RECYCLING and Bali Compost Crafters .

Niskala's global solution

PRactical waste solutions, motivated by local culture, sustained by tradition

Over the next few months, we will work with our partners at Mankind Jakarta in their accelerator program to develop the educational and technology components of this project, which will be designed to integrate environmental solutions with religious tradition and teachings.

Our approach allows people to perform their traditional practices in an environmentally-friendly way. Here in Bali, that is the Tri Hita Karana. But this concept is universal.

*A Case Study: the intersection of religion and environmental behavior change

Globally, there are a number of success stories that leverage the devotion to ceremony, tradition, and religious teachings to influence pro-environmental behavior. In a fishing village in Tanzania , local fisherman were causing significant damage to the environment with dynamite. Despite governmental regulation and attempted education by environmental agencies, the real action and behavior change came only once messages were disseminated by the religious leaders in these heavily Muslim communities.


Abid and Wiskaka pitched the idea of NISKALA as a simple waste management service at the UN Connect2Effect hackathon in early March. They soon teamed up with Anna, Lindsay, and Tim to develop their concept.

This team is united by their deep love for Bali and their to commitment to a sustainable world.


Pledge $20.00 or more - Elephant Poo Paper

Niskala Thank You with an Elephant POO card delivered to your door! Hand written and signed in pen by the NISKALA team. YES, we support Zero Waste!

Pledge $40.00 or more - TRI Handkerchie

Are you aware how many tissues you use everyday? Tri Handkerchief is on a mission to solve deforestation in Indonesia by making handkerchief recycled bed sheets. You will receive a Tri Handkerchief printed with a Bali village map and delivered to your door.

Pledge $50.00 or more - 1 day Inspired Community Adventure discount

Make your trip to Bali more authentic and meaningful. You will receive a 10% discount to go on a one-day Inspired Community Adventure to West Bali with the FIVE PILLAR Foundation.

Pledge $80.00 or more - Small Island Big Song CD

Small Island Big Song is a music and film project uniting the Indian and Pacific oceans through songs. It's a beautiful project produced by our very own NISKALA team member, Tim Cole. You will receive a signed music CD from SIBS in Dec 2017.

Pledge $150.00 or more - Balinese Authentic Sarong

Suksma, you supported NISKALA as well as a local artist by choosing this authentic Balinese Batik Sarong. Hand made with love in Bali.