Made Janur Yasa, A CNN Hero Fighting Plastic Pollution through EDU - ACTION

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM UTC

Made Janur Yasa started Plastic for Rice, a barter system that encourages locals to trade in plastic for rice, which today has collected over 55 tonnes of plastic! We will discuss questions of growth and sustainability while building a business, the importance and impact of local culture and behavioural change, as well as the importance of education in any social endeavour! Join us on March 30th!

In-person event
Fireside Chat

About this event

In May 2020, during the peak of the pandemic slow-down in Bali, Made Janur Yasa went from being a vegan restaurateur to starting a program called Plastic Exchange. This barter system encourages locals to trade in collected plastic for rice. Within the first day, he and his team collected 200 kilos of plastic, and within 17 days, 2.6 tonnes. The program has grown tremendously, having a presence in over 200 villages in Bali, collecting 928,000+ KG of plastic, and distributing 200,000+ KG of rice! 🌾

This incredible story of growth and impact is based on Made Janur Yasa providing a win-win solution to local communities, cleaning littered plastic in the environment, and providing much-needed sustenance to those in need, especially in rural areas. The Plastic for Rice program truly works on a circular economy model, with Made Janur Yasa working with companies and organizations that purchase plastic materials for manufacturing and processing, allowing them to give back to the local communities. 🛖

Made's dedication and excellent work have been recognized back home by MURI (Museum Rekor Dunia Indonesia), Ikon Pancasila 2022, and globally by CNN. In 2021, Made Janur Yasa was nominated as one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes.

Join us on Thursday, 30th of March 2023, at BWork Bali as Made Janur Yasa will be sharing his incredible story of growth and social impact at the third event of the year after the rebirth of the Bali Chapter! 🎉 🥳 #YAY!

At this event, we will discuss growth 🚀 and sustainability 🍃 while building a business, the importance and impact of local culture and behavioral change, and the importance of Edu - Action in any social endeavor. 

Event Format:

6:00 PM: Registration opens at BWork Bali

6:00 PM-6:50 PM: Networking & mingling, warm-up & drinks

6:50 PM: Startup Grind Introduction & Fireside chat with Made Janur Yasa

8:15 PM: More mingling with drinks & food!

9:00 PM: Event ends / 9:30 PM: Doors close

Note: Startup Grind Bali is run as a non-profit endeavor, 100% of the available ticket proceeds go to our various suppliers which allows us to run these events!

Who We Are

Globally, Startup Grind is the world’s largest community of startups, founders, innovators, and creators, bringing together over 4M startups in 600 cities and across 125 countries worldwide. Our mission is to give startups everywhere the education and opportunities they need to build, grow, and scale their companies. We host many events, but more than that Startup Grind is a community. We bring like-minded yet diverse individuals together to connect, learn, teach, help, build, and belong. Our Values are: We believe in making friends, not contacts. We believe in giving first, not taking. We believe in helping others before helping ourselves.

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  • Janur Yasa Made

    Plastic Exchange




Thursday, March 30, 2023
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM UTC

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  • Florian Bohnert

    Startup Grind Bali


  • Madeleine Madeleine

    Startup Grind Bali