Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Happy Earth Day!!

Today is Earth Day.

It started in 1970 when an American Senator Gaylord Nelson called for a national gathering to highlight environmental issues at the national level. The gathering paved the way of the establishment of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the formulation of environmental acts. From then onwards, 22 April is celebrated annually all over the world as a sign of concerted effort to educate the global communities in environmental protection.

On this special day, I’d like to ask you, what are your contributions to protect our Earth? No matter how small it is, it is still a contribution, right? *smile*

There are so many things we can do at home, at work, in schools, and wherever we are.

This year's theme is Call for Climate. We all must do something to tackle the problem of global warming in whatever possible ways. We can conserve energy by switching off what's not needed, and many more.

Have an extra lovely day and remember, Earth Day is every day! *smile*

Sunday, 20 April 2008

Green Homes, Anyone?

When hubby and I get the chance to build a house (one fine day) at our kampung (the countryside), I'd love it to be more green and environmentally-friendly. (o:

I read a very interesting article online about cool, innovative, green homes.

Some come in packages like the Earthships! One of the Earthships that caught my attention is this (hubby, check this out! *wink*):

And you know what? The earthships are can be delivered as a kit anywhere on the planet (coolest! Even to my kampung! hehe), can be adapted to any climate (I like this one), they come in any size, and packaged earthship drawings start at $5,500!!

Take a peek on the inside:

How cool is cool?

*Pictures borrowed from http://www.earthship.net/ (cheers!)

Saturday, 19 April 2008

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Tuesday, 15 April 2008

How Green Is Your Life?

Your Life is 72% Green

You live a very green life, and you're aware of how your actions help the earth.

Of course, it's hard to be totally green. But when you make a tradeoff, you know why you're making it.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

How We Manage Kitchen/Food Waste

We started composting our kitchen/food waste last June. My friend J & H introduced the method to manage kitchen/food waste using a bucket and bokashi. Bokashi is a compost-starter and has EM (effective microorganisms) and the biotechnology comes from Japan. (For more information, please visit sustaining our environment..together ok, so I need not explain so much here.. hehehe)

Some pix to show how we do it at home:

We keep the waste in a container (reduce all moisture as much as possible and cover)

This is the compost bucket (has a special place on a chair in our kitchen! LOL)

Ahh.. the container especially to keep the bokashi. It has to be kept away from direct sunlight.

Mix a layer of bokashi and food waste alternately.. Cover the bucket tightly.

*Shania helping me* (o;

The kitchen bio-juice can be collected everyday or every other day. It can be used to clean the toilet and drains, to get rid of grease in the sink, etc

The bottle must be labelled the date the bio-juice is collected. It can be used after 2-3 days. The solid waste can be transfered to the ground and mixed with soil to become compost. Since we are staying in an apartment, hubby usually sends the solid waste to my brother's house for his plants. *grin*

Again, please visit sustaining our environment...together for more info ya! *wink*

Sunday, 6 April 2008

3R - Focus on Reduce...

I try to reduce the use of plastic bags when I go shopping. Please note the word 'reduce'. At present, perhaps it's not possible (yet) to totally not use plastic bags due to various factors.

So, what are the alternatives?

Cloth/Eco bags and baskets. *wink* I remember when I was small, Mom used to bring baskets to the market or tamu (we can still do so now..). When my parents did groceries, the things were placed in big boxes. These days, we don't really get those boxes when we go to supermarkets, do we? Instead, we get loads of plastic bags, even for the small stuff the cashiers will put in small plastic bags too. My cousin shared her experience buying an eco-bag in one of the big supermarkets. When she paid for the bag and other stuff, she told the cashier she wanted to put her groceries into the eco-bag but the cashier insisted to put the eco-bag in a plastic bag!! Hello??? The staff need environmental awareness! (May be the supermarket management should hire me for that! LOL)

When possible, plastic bags should be reused as storage bags or garbage bags, or recycled. I still feel that we all must try to use heavy duty multiple use bags (such as the cloth/eco bags) often. One of the problems faced in most places is indiscrimate throwing of used bags. Oh so unsightly!

Here are some of the bags I use for shopping. *grin* Need to get more lah.. (There are times I don't have enough to put my groceries so I have to use the plastic bags from the supermarket too. Anyway, I reuse them as storage or garbage bags. Ok also, huh?) When I shop for clothes or shoes, I usually keep those trendy paper or plastic bags so I can use 'em to keep pressies when I attend birthday parties. *grin*

During the Seminar on Environmental Education for Practitioners in Sandakan last year, we gave out this cool eco-bag for the participants. I love it!!

See, you can even fold it like this:

So, what do you think?

Go get the eco-bags lah ok? *wink*

Saturday, 5 April 2008


I was so relieved to hear the news that the State Government decided to scrap the RM1.3 billion coal-fired power plant in Lahad Datu.

Thank God for that!

The location is near to the well-known Danum Valley Field Centre, Darvel Bay and Ulu-Segama. These places are a part of our nature's gems.

I've been to Danum Valley twice. It's a refreshing place to be! Waking up early and greeted by the morning dew is really an experience to be remembered. The chirping of birds in the serenity of its surroundings can add years to our exhausted physical and emotional selves.

Try it. *wink*