INVEST ISLANDS FOUNDATION
At Invest Islands, we work alongside the local population of Lombok, to provide support and opportunities that improve access to education, medical care and to basic amenities. Our initiatives go hand-in-hand with the work of local NGO’s, to create practical solutions for real problems, such as dealing with waste, when there is no waste management infrastructure. We are committed to employing, training and providing locals with the the circumstances from which they can excel.
Invest Island Foundation focused efforts on research in the beginning stages. This focus was directed towards learning new construction techniques and methodologies. The resulting target for this focus was to implement a strategy where solid structures could be built with the lowest possible effects on the environment, continuing the companies vision of eco-sustainability. The first implementation of this research came into effect with the eco-brick solution which was a part of the Bank Sampah initiative in Torok Raya. The initiative involves women from the local community working for a source of income whilst collecting plastic waste which could be used to support the eco-brick process. This process involves using 500g of plastic which is compressed to specific density to create a brick used in construction.
One of the first prototypes of the eco-brick was used to construct an entire wall in the location of Tapaz Bar, Gili Trawangan. This innovative creation was applauded by the local community and many others due to the innovation and eco-sustainability focus. This event marked a success for the research and implementation of the initiative.
Following the success of the eco-brick and the implementation of the first prototype, Invest Islands Foundation was propelled into creating more initiatives that would coincide with social responsibility and give back to the surrounding communities. This success led to an in-house foundation which was an expected result. From this event, the owners focused on setting a strategic goal for 2019 which would essentially allocate a considerable amount of resources, focus and drive to ensure that the Foundation could become a reality.
ZERO PLASTIC POLICY
Some time ago, we began to rethink how we could reduce the use of plastic at our seafront restaurant Tapaz Bar located on Gili Trawangan.
We decided to set a goal to go completely plastic free by 2020, because we feel passionate about our corporate responsibility to lead the change needed to rid the world of unnecessary plastic.
Seeing firsthand the issues arising from lack of waste management and recycling facilities, we took it upon ourselves to take direct action to rid our beaches, neighborhoods and stunning marine coastline of this treacherous outmoded material.
We took pleasure in banning straws and unnecessary plastics from our restaurants, we built a series of marine conservation – large fish-like eco-bins on the beaches of Gili, to raise awareness and show tourists and locals alike just how much litter that was laying around.
Even using reusable bags, we felt we were only skimming the surface, so we extended our activities to merge with regional partnerships so together, we could find ways to tackle the plastic problem in innovative and meaningful ways.
This Invest Island Foundation project was primarily introduced to support education empowerment in the community. By providing increased access to education and higher quality equipment, the hope is that students, parents and even teaching staff will benefit from education and employment. The aim to provide a future to children that perhaps didn’t even realise a future existed.
Due to the standards of education and accessibility in the country, parents and grandparents of the children were not enrolled in an effective educational curriculum and this would pass on to the children too unless this initiative was put into place. With the new school project of Batu Bangke and a better educational environment, there is a hope that the children of Indonesia will open up more employment opportunities in the future.
Witnessing the lack of educational access and potential future of thousands of children restricted was the primary trigger to launch the Batu Bangke School. A substantial educational program should be the forefront of any community and location. Pulling all resources together, Invest Islands Foundation focused efforts on rebuilding the school to meet higher standards.
One of the main focus points for this rebuild project was to support the use of technology which involved a basic principle of installing electricity into the facility. More importantly, this project involved seeking partnerships with other organizations in order to ensure that necessary educational supplies were present in the facility. BloomBooks was a key partner in this project which ensured that the school was provided with a variety of educational books, computers and essential supplies for the students.
BEACH CLEANING PROJECT
In Torok Raya there is a large amount of the female population that is classed as underprivileged which includes widows, homeless and poverty. The Bank Sampah Torok Raya supports these women in the area and employs them for the initiative.
There are a range of factors to consider when employing the local women of Torok Raya, these factors must align with the Foundation’s vision and strategy. One of the first factors that is considered is to hire mainly females. This promotes an inclusive environment which coincides with the ethics and gender equality factors of the Foundation. A unique reward system is implemented for the workers that focuses on essentials rather than monetary value. These rewards can include but are not limited to rice, vegetables, eggs, electricity bills and a small monetary offering. The centre point of this strategy is to avoid “money focused” individuals and provide value and sustainability to the whole family.
Focusing on the area of Torok Bay, Invest Islands has seen this as not only an opportunity to create eco-luxury resorts but also to preserve the natural land, re-invest waste into profit and accelerating eco-sustainability in the area. The initiative which primarily focuses on the collection of waste is being centered as the foundation for the projects in hand, which will incorporate the recycled waste into new products for the market.
The support for the community and local people is imperative in the vision for the foundation strategy and sustainability. The main tasks for the local women are to work in teams of 5 and patrol the Torok Beach location to hand-pick litter and clean the area. The litter is washed in from the ocean and the women ensure that the beach remains clean and pristine. This waste is then transported to a recycling center at which it undergoes a separation process before being categorised. The end product of raw material is then re-invested by SAUDARI LOMBOK to create new products, promoting eco-sustainability.
WASTE MANAGEMENT PROJECT
The Saudari Lombok initiative promises to introduce one of the first if not the first women-led social enterprise in south Lombok. We aim at applying the orientation to women empowerment, and vouch to expand these social enterprises across Lombok.
Our ground zero site is located at Torok bay, nearby the Invest Islands beach resort currently being built. The business model of this social enterprise is that it will receive the collected plastic from BANK SAMPAH TOROK RAYA and sort out the different types and colors of plastic. The plastic then will be shredded using a double blade shredding machine purchased from WEDOO. The shredded plastic flakes will then be melted on a folder machine and transformed into new products ranging from surfing fins to pots and other furniture. The repurposed new products will then be sold in the B2C and B2B markets and the profit will be able to sustain this small business and hopefully contribute to finance the expansion and other future projects.
Sorting: The plastics are sorted into their seven different types: (1) PET or PETE, (2) HDPE, (3) PVC, (4) LDPE, (5) PP, (6) PS and (7) Other. The first five types move to the next process of shredding. Types 6 and 7 are used to make eco-bricks.
Shredding: Plastics are shredded into flakes which can be used to make new products. Our shredding machine can shred up to 30 kg of plastic waste per hour, depending on the type of plastic.
Compressing: At this stage, the plastic flakes are turned into other products. The flakes are placed into moulds of the desired shape. The filled mould is put inside the compression machine. The machine heats the plastic so it melts and moulds to the desired shape. The compression process takes about an hour to produce one new product.
Products: The products produced at Bank Sampah Torok Raya have two main forms. First, plastic flakes, usually of types 1 and 2, are sold directly to buyers. Second, plastic products like garbage bins, plant pots, bowls, clipboards and keyrings, made with types 3, 4 or 5, are sold to hotels and retail outlets.
ORGANIC PLANTATION PROJECT
Organiika, located in Aiq Dareq, Central Lombok is an organic farm which focuses on a community infrastructure. The farm was established back in Q2 2019 and has been thriving ever since.
The purpose of this organic farm is to incorporate and encourage sustainable farming which in turn can produce fresh, organic and natural products. Included in the harvest can be fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. Each of the products that are organically grown here are primarily used to supply the surrounding restaurants and resorts. This project has a focus on promoting organic farming and sustainability to the local community and public. This is done through providing a learning centre which distributes knowledge of permaculture and the most effective methods in organic agriculture to date.
When developing Organiika there were many important factors to take into consideration. In order to achieve the main target of sustainability for the farm, it is vital that absolutely no chemical fertilisers or pesticides are used. This doesn’t mean that the produce is riddled with pests. Instead, the farm uses environmentally safe methods of pest control. This is done through natural methods which repel the bugs and pests without leaving harmful chemicals behind. Producing a natural fertiliser is achieved through worm composting and completes the environmentally sustainable maintenance of the farm. Throughout this process the principles and methodology of permaculture are implemented to avoid producing any waste from the farm. The target is to create a permanent food supply through continuation and expansion of these farming methods.