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Chocolate Monggo’s 14th Anniversary “Lebih Asyik, Tanpa Plastik!”

On April 27, 2019, at our head office and the production site of our premium chocolate, we celebrated Monggo’s 14th birthday under the slogan “Lebih Asyik, Tanpa Plastik!”. The theme was chosen to further support the movement of reducing plastic waste, which is responsible for the devastating impacts on our environment.

“Chocolate Monggo has been reducing the use of plastic ever since the brand was founded, but this year we are especially dedicated to reducing our consumption of plastic. One of our concrete actions is to reduce the use of plastic in our packaging. For example, we use aluminium foil and FSC-certified paper that is easily decomposed, for all our 40gr and 80gr packaging. Customers are also given a paper bag when purchasing Chocolate Monggo, instead of receiving their products in a plastic bag” said Steffen Hitscher, Marketing Manager of Chocolate Monggo.

A series of events were held during the 14th anniversary of Chocolate Monggo “Lebih Asyik, Tanpa Plastik!”, including the planting of cocoa trees (Theobroma Cacao) around our neighboorhood in Kotagede, recycling workshops and for charity, we invited orphanages to create their own chocolate. Besides, we completely banned plastic from the event.

We would like to thank the all the sponsors, who supported this event: Yogyakarta’s Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel, HS Silver, Lendis Advertising, Puratos, Pangan Lestari, Greeng Inspiration (Printing), Media Centerlink, Hamzah Batik, Hamzah Jakal, Cemerlang, PT. Espera Satya, Narisaq, GCB Cocoa, UOB Bank, Bank Mandiri, Bank BCA, Bakpia Wong, Fave Group On, GL. International, Sumber Praline Utama, Illy Coffee, Margaria, and Radio MNC 97.0 FM Trijaya Yogyakarta and I-Radio 88.7 FM Jogja.

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Global Plastic Pollution and Monggo’s Efforts to Reduce It

More than 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced since 1950. It weighs the equivalent of 80 million whales, 1 million elephants, or 822,000 Eiffel towers. Unfortunately, only 9% of that amount has been recycled and the rest is still scattered in landfills and even in the sea.

Please note, the average time that a plastic bag is being used is 12 minutes, while in fact, it takes 1000 years to decompose.

From several studies show that Indonesia is the second largest contributor to plastic waste after China. According to the journal Nature Communication, Indonesia is estimated to contribute more than 200,000 tons of plastic waste mainly from Java and Sumatra. Many rivers in the urban areas are full of garbage and cause flooding during the rainy season. In fact, four rivers in Indonesia are included in the 20 dirtiest rivers in the world.

Many people don’t realize that we already consume micro-plastic on a daily basis. Plastic polluted rivers supply watering for plantations, which then provide food to the nearby cities, or, the micro-plastics are simply consumed by animals that become daily food base such as fish and chicken in Indonesia.

Chocolate Monggo’s Efforts to Reduce Plastic

At Monggo, we’re not only enthusiastic about making chocolate. We love sweet food as much as we care about environmental sustainability. And ever since, we were especially worried about plastic waste.

All our retail products do not use plastic packaging, but are protected by aluminium foil, which degrades faster than plastic, and wrapped into a paper packaging made of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper.

However, we also feel responsible that our packaging is disposed correctly. We like to remind our consumers about it and therefore, print a Javanese man, who correctly disposes his trash, on each of our products.

Besides, we have always given paper bags for our customers to carry their purchase. The paper bag that we provide is less harmful to the environment than the plastic bag and can be reused as well. We also serve our drinks with paper straws, paper cups, paper box for takeaway snacks.

To learn more about all our efforts to reduce plastic, follow us on Instagram or visit us at our production in Yogyakarta to learn more.