Sungai Watch Is Cleaning Trash From Indonesian Rivers and Turning It Into Furniture

Sungai Watch is an environmental initiative to protect Indonesia’s waterways, clearing trash and installing barriers to stop plastics from entering the ocean. Founded in 2020 by French-born and Bali-raised siblings KellyGary and Sam Bencheghib, the nonprofit has gained mainstream awareness for wading into rivers, cleaning and sorting waste by hand. The crew of 120 has cleaned 380 rivers and hundreds of kilometers of coastline and has installed 268 barriers, collecting, sorting, and recycling up to three tons of river plastic daily. The first quarter of 2024 has been the biggest yet with the team collecting 267,817 kilograms of plastic.