Biodegradable shampoo and alternative sun protection in Raja Ampat
The world’s most diverse marine ecosystem can be found around the reefs of Raja Ampat in front of the Bird’s Head Peninsula of Western Papua, Indonesia. Many tourists explore the reefs through liveaboard boats which – due to the high costs and lacking disposal facilities – usually aren’t equipped with tanks to store wastewater. With our project we therefore would like to address the visitors who have already spent a high amount of money to visit Raja Ampat’s natural beauties – but with their presence at the same time endanger the ecosystem they came to visit. At present it is nearly impossible to purchase biodegradable shampoo or alternatives to sunscreen. Our idea is to initiate a social enterprise to fill the gap and to create revenues to further advance environmental protection initiatives in Raja Ampat.