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Finally –A Solution for Single Use Masks!

SUSTAINABILITY | 17 September 2021

KESAN –Goodie Bags for Doing Good

Since the pandemic hit, the demand for disposable face masks has skyrocketed around the world. And this has resulted in tons of used masks winding up scattered in our environment.

More than 1,6 million disposable mask were found in  Indonesia’s oceans alone by the end of 2020. This did not include another million that has ended up at landfills. Despite their single-use nature, disposable masks actually take up to 450 years to decompose naturally.

To help save our environment from mountains of mask waste, three organisations that have a strong committment to sustainability: Parongpong, MVB Indonesia and Evo & Co joined forces and created a program which, so far, is the only solution to single-use mask waste treatment under the project name of KESAN.

KESAN or ‘Kresek Kesadaran’ (dubbed "Goodie Bags for Doing Good!") is a unique single-use mask disposable service using hydrothermal waste treatment that enables them to be dissolved and reformed as new useful long-lasting materials.

The KESAN bags that are used to collect the used masks, are made from dried cassava that made them 100% biodegradable and compostable which mean they are safe for processing and the environment. 

The process of KESAN circulation is started by collecting used masks and dispose them into KESAN bags. Before disposing them, you have to  make sure they have been thoroughly disinfected and deconstructed  by cutting the earloop straps and splitting the mask into two parts. 

 Once the Kesan bag is full, send it to the nearest drop point, from there your KESAN bag will be coded and inputed into a system then delivered to the waste management treatment in Bandung where all KESAN bags will be processed in the hydrothermal system.

The result of the mask waste processing will be in the form of new materials which can later be used as basic components for making tables, chairs and other housing materials.

KESAN bags are available to purchase at IDR 100,000 each through Tokopedia for retail or contact Miranda for bulk orders of 10 bags or more.

By using KESAN not only you will help to reduce the amount of waste created by single-use masks but also support local small-medium enterprises and waste management communities in Indonesia.

For more information contact [email protected]