Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Happy Clean Up the World Weekend!

This year, Clean up The World Weekend is from 19th - 21st September.

Clean Up the World partners with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to inspire and assist communities to "clean up, fix up and conserve their local environment" through carrying out initiatives ranging from waste removal and tree planting to water and energy conservation projects. (Information obtained here)

Although there's a certain period for this purpose, it does not mean we don't clean up other days! Everyday should be a Clean Up Day, Earth Day, World Environment Day! ;-)

Happy International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer!

That was a mouthful, wasn't it? :D

September 16 was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.

This designation was made on December 19 1994, in commemoration of the date, in 1987, on which nations signed the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

Information obtained from wikipedia.

Obon Stuffs Are Cool!

Have you heard of papers that are made of sugar cane pulp called Bagasse? We can get them right here in KK! :D

I'm talking about O’BON Notebooks. I'm really excited about it. :z I'm also going to get the A4 papers made of bagasse too. :D

Apart from notebooks, O'bon also produces pencils, pens, folders, etc. Our department uses these products as gifts during talks, exhibitions, games, etc. They are the coolest I tell you!

The papers may be more expensive than the conventional ones BUT they are worth it. Sometimes people complain about recycled papers being expensive. For the longest time humans have messed up the Earth! :@ So, it's only fair we pay more for recycled materials.

Note: Photos borrowed from here. Cheers!

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Do You Owe Nature?

Have you ever thought of planting a tree for every book you read or bought? :D

I blogged about this in my other blog a few months ago. I admit I'm one of the guilty ones always buying a book everytime I go out. :$ So what have I done to contribute?

Through Eco-libris, I've started my journey to ‘pay back’ the trees I’ve sacrificed by paying USD1 for each book I've bought. :D So far, I've paid USD10 for 10 books. I’ve received the stickers (made from recycled paper) for every book I balanced out. Pretty cool eh? :z

I know, I owe nature much more than 10 trees but I'll slowly pay back.. :D

Have a nice weekend peeps!!

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

To be Gorgeously Green...

I don't know about you but I must admit I've got quite a number of household chemicals at home that I think are bad for the environment. :-(

I'm doing my best to reduce the use of these chemicals. I've started using ecowash washing powder, those with or without bleach. For the ecowash washing powder with bleach, it contains plant-based ingredients and eco-friendly detergent concentrate. I'm also using the Eco-wash Floor Cleaner.

I'm using EM (effective microorganisms) to clean my sink, toilet bowl, etc from time to time.

My point here is that whatever I do, I'm trying real hard to reduce harmful impacts to the environment. I'm a firm believer on the concept of 3R - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The first thing I focus on is the 'Reduce' bit!

I'm currently reading a book on Gorgeously Green by Sophie Uliano. My dear friend Jess gave it to me for my convocation.. Cheers, Jess! I love the book! ;-) There are so many tips in there. I know in Malaysia we don't get many eco-friendly products readily available yet but I believe things will improve. I'd want to believe so anyway.. ;-)

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Eco-Bag is the Way For Shoppin'

I feel really bad for not updating my green blog frequently. I should have a little bit more extra time now that finally convo is over. :-)


Just wanna share with you what I purchased recently.

Cool, huh? I bought them from http://miabambina.com/. They can be folded and very handy to bring around. I think I will buy a few more and give my Mummy. ;-)

Quoting envirosax.com, these bags provide an exclusive range of reusable shopping bags, while introducing an exciting new medium for the message of environmental sustainability. Design-led, in-expensive and colourful, Envirosax® environmental eco friendly shopping bags will carry the environmental message to a world ready to embrace a brighter ecological future.

Someone commented our department's effort to use eco-bags recently. He questioned whether the bags were made of RECYCLED materials or not. When I said no (because we did not have any information on where to obtain recycled eco-bags in Malaysia at that time), he said then that's not eco-bag. I beg to differ! For me, eco-bags (whether they are made of recycled materials or not), are good alternatives to using plastics any time. The most important thing is we have initiated efforts to promote REUSABLE eco-bags. One step at a time bah! We are also going towards the use of recycled papers. Sometimes I wonder why people do not appreciate efforts by others... Hmmm..

Note: Pix and background information obtained from here. Cheers!