NISKALA

A project by: NISKALA

$1,670
pledged of $10,000 target
16%
FUNDED
24
SPONSORS
Congrats! This project has reached its minimum needed of $1,500 and is going for its target of $10,000!
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 Traditional 100% biodegradable, natural elements have been replaced by synthetic and plastic materials that present a serious environmental hazard.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.

niskALA TEAM

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.

Rewards

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.

1 week, 4 days ago

The Connect2Effect UN Global Hackathon competition has officially ended! Thank you to everyone who helped us reach our US$ 1,500 minimum crowdfunding target in the final hours today. We would like to send our heartfelt thank you to ALL of our supporters for being part of our journey and spreading the #NiskalaWay message!

2 weeks ago

Find us here

Follow us on Facebook ( Niskalabali ) and Twitter ( @niskala_bali ) to receive regular updates from us.

You can also find us on Instagram (@niskala_bali) or email us at niskabali@gmail.com . TAG us by using #WeAreZeroWasteBali and #NiskalaWay .

TECHNOLOGY/ SERVICE SOLUTION UPDATE

Solution Update #1:

With the support of our partners at Mankind Jakarta, NISKALA has taken the elements of the Balinese life philosophy, the Tri Hita Karana and translated it to become a technology solution in the form of a web platform. The first element, harmony with God , is represented by the NISKALA post-ceremony waste pickup service.

How it works: A ceremony holder schedules a pickup via our website and provides all details about the event --> a waste administrator supports the separation of inorganic and organic waste during the ceremony --> the waste will be delivered to our partners at ecoBali and Bali Compost Crafters so that it is properly disposed of and does not end up in the landfill!

Solution Update #2:

The second element of the Tri Hita Karana is harmony with people. The NISKALA platform connects users, members, our partners, educators and the media and creates a community for all of these stakeholders to support each other in practicing zero waste ceremonies.

Solution Update #3:

The third and final element of the Tri Hita Karana is harmony with nature. The NISKALA platform showcases data at the aggregated level to show total number of ceremonies that use NISKALA's services, the reduced waste, and the resulting environmental impact from our service. The platform also gives each user the data after his or her ceremony to show how much waste was produced and sorted properly after the ceremony. We hope that members will share their data using their Facebook and other media outlets in order to encourage friends and family to utilize our service. Lastly, the platform will house a robust educational component so that wedding planners, event organizers, group and individuals can perform a zero waste ceremony, the #NiskalaWay .

2 weeks ago

Find us here

Follow us on Facebook ( Niskalabali ) and Twitter (@niskala_bali) to receive regular updates from us.

You can also find us on Instagram or email us at niskabali@gmail.com . TAG us by using #WeAreZeroWasteBali and #NiskalaWay .

TECHNOLOGY/ SERVICE SOLUTION UPDATE

Solution Update #1:

With the support of our partners at Mankind Jakarta, NISKALA has taken the elements of the Balinese life philosophy, the Tri Hita Karana and translated it to become a technology solution in the form of a web platform. The first element, harmony with God , is represented by the NISKALA post-ceremony waste pickup service.

How it works: A ceremony holder schedules a pickup via our website and provides all details about the event --> a waste administrator supports the separation of inorganic and organic waste during the ceremony --> the waste will be delivered to our partners at ecoBali and Bali Compost Crafters so that it is properly disposed of and does not end up in the landfill!

Solution Update #2:

The second element of the Tri Hita Karana is harmony with people. The NISKALA platform connects users, members, our partners, educators and the media and creates a community for all of these stakeholders to support each other in practicing zero waste ceremonies.

Solution Update #3:

The third and final element of the Tri Hita Karana is harmony with nature. The NISKALA platform showcases data at the aggregated level to show total number of ceremonies that use NISKALA's services, the reduced waste, and the resulting environmental impact from our service. The platform also gives each user the data after his or her ceremony to show how much waste was produced and sorted properly after the ceremony. We hope that members will share their data using their Facebook and other media outlets in order to encourage friends and family to utilize our service. Lastly, the platform will house a robust educational component so that wedding planners, event organizers, group and individuals can perform a zero waste ceremony, the #NiskalaWay.

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I am so proud of you Niskala. Please let me know if you need any help from Green School Bali.

Go, Anna, Go!

Great initiative Niskala team !