If you haven’t heard of Nusa Lembongan, it is one of the paradise islands located to the south-east of Bali. The little group called the Nusa’s are made of three little islands, comprised of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and then Nusa Penida. Nusa Penida is the largest island out of the three. Unfortunately, due to a mixture of neglect, lack of knowledge, possibly lack of research and sheer carelessness, Indonesia has the become second biggest polluter to our oceans. I was aware that Bali was making a huge push into changes tackling marine pollution, which was fantastic to hear. An environmental youth group “Bye Bye plastic bags” are pushing for an island ban of plastic bags, plus the island stopping the use of plastic straws is very promising. During my 4 night stay in Nusa Lembongan, I came across a few quirky shops and cafes which really caught my eye, all for the right reasons.
Bali Eco Deli
Located on the main road of Jungjutbatu, in the heart of Nusa Lembongan lies Bali Eco Deli. I ate here 3 out of the 4 mornings during my time on the island, and it’s not due to not being adventurous. Their philosophy is great! They would collect your waste for recycling. I’m talking used plastic bottles, plastic bags, tetra-pack cartons, and disposable batteries. They offer you a discount too for water if you bring a plastic bottle, a discount if you give things to recycle and free mineral water for customers who bring a recycling water bottle. They even use low wattage light bulbs and have water saving & aquifer recharging solutions too. Not only that, their breakfasts are delicious! The service was exceptional, they have a range of different juices made on site depending on your requirements (detox, digestion etc), as well as vegan-friendly home-made ice lollies. I highly recommend checking them out if you visit the island.