The Bag Started it all…
Swallow House Trading, initiator of “POP”, is located in Pesalakan, a small village in Pejeng Kangin, Gianyar Bali, just 20 minutes NE of Ubud. Eight years ago, Swallowhouse, was established for a Swallow preservation project and nest cultivation dream by dreamer Wayan Tagel and me, the sponsor.

During winter visits to the Swallowhouse trying to entice the birds to roost, I began to pick up the plastics found thrown on the walking paths through the rice fields and in the water ways called Subak. Finding it odd that the locals would laugh at my action and point out another piece of plastic to watch me pick up: Why did they not find it dirty or embarrassing I wondered…

Today, Bali is in a crisis situation, the water is decreasing and what is left, is way over the international acceptance level of contamination. Something needs to be done! We’re happy to learn that the Government is aiming to have Bali a Green Island by 2013… but that is only two months away!! On October 14th there was a very heavy rain storm, on October 15th; the streets were covered in mud and… plastic waste material.

Taking into consideration that not too long ago, the banana leaf was the “bag” to hold the fresh organic produce from the market, to put food in for consumption, and, then thrown onto the ground to decompose back into the soil, one of the five elements on the Balinese spirituality. The action still remains alive; the “bag” has changed, brought by outside influences and conveniences of modernity. Swallowhouse is now Swallow Guesthouse hosting international clients from around the world who want to experience the REAL Bali. Each and every one of them, are surprised by the amount of waste material found on this otherwise extremely beautiful “Paradise” island. “POP” Pesalakan Organics Project was formulated as a subsidiary of Swallow House trading August 2012. “POP” aims to bridge modern influences with ancient methods and spirit to provide a healthier environment for the visitors and the generations of Balinese to come.