The Gili Eco Trust started in 2000 to help protect tropical paradise Gili Trawangan in Indonesia. Our groups visit the island as part of the Bali Experience tour, we've seen how much they do to protect the environment so it's an organisation that is close to our hearts! They have 23 local staff and eco-ranger volunteers who work hard to collect all the rubbish left over from all the tourists and businesses on the island. It then gets sent back to the sorting centre, where all the non-recyclables are separated, plastic bottles are de-labelled and lids taken off, all cardboard packaged. All of this is then sent back to Bali on a barge, to either be disposed or sold for profit. All glass collected from the beer bottles all gets crushed up using a fancy machine, and made into eco bricks! These get sold to local businesses for a fair price.
They have many marine projects to promote coral growth and improve aquatic life around the island, and also host many educational events for locals and tourists to show the best sustainable practises. Their eco-warriors also patrol the island to protect turtle nests from illegal poachers, and ensure they hatch safely and make it into the sea! Gili Eco Trust work tirelessly to protect the environment and there is still much to be done in the fight against single-use plastics. TruTravels love to give back in and we want to help in any way we can as they receive no help from the government, and rely on volunteers and donations.
We are proud to support such a wonderful organisation like the Gili Eco Trust, which is helping support the locals by giving them jobs and also preventing and managing the waste on the island . If you are as passionate as us about giving back, here's some ways that you can help out..