Things Malaysians Are Already Doing To Save The Environment
In conjunction with Earth Day, let’s take a look at some of the efforts that Malaysian people are already doing to save the environment.
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This year’s Earth Day (22 April) is themed ‘Invest In Our Planet‘ which implores all of us (businesses, governments, citizens) to act boldly, innovate broadly and implement equitably.
READ MORE: 5 Things You Can Do To ACTUALLY Help The Planet
Here in Malaysia, we also have been doing our very best to save the Earth and some of them are listed below. As citizens, we should do our very best to support these efforts for a brighter and safer future.
Here are some of the efforts already done in Malaysia to go green.
Creating Eco-Friendly Products
Some humble homegrown businesses are producing green products to care for the environment.
The Mineraw – Clean & Vegan Skincare
Locally sourced, The Mineraw is a skincare brand that’s 100% natural, and suitable for all skin types. Not only do they have minimalistic and beautiful packaging, but their packaging also comes in recyclable containers.
As mass-produced products may contain chemical fillers and have a large carbon footprint, The Mineraw’s products are consciously made in small batches.
“As someone who has always been extremely environmentally conscious, as well as passionate about skincare, I believed in the earth and using clean ingredients where possible,” said the founder of The Mineraw, Jidienne Ibañez.
Take a look at their products here.
Palmy – From Agricultural Waste To Paper
Palmy is a lifestyle brand that turns agricultural waste such as pineapple leaves, bananas, stems and bamboo shoots into beautiful handcrafted paper and textile goods.
Besides selling notebooks, postcards, coasters, tote bags and more, they also offer personal branding services for custom individual orders, B2B and corporate gifts.
What’s exciting is, that they also have a DIY Pineapple Making Kit for you to try!
Browse their products here.
Muni – Tropical Dye Apparel
Inspired by his business trip to Bali that would later inspire him to create a sustainable apparel line, Muni is a brand that sells apparel dyed with natural and tropical plant dyes.
From various types of shirts to multiple styles of bags, their products are just so aesthetic to look at, and they come in different colours too.
Check out their minimalistic and aesthetic products here.
The government is promoting eco-tourism, which is responsible travelling to natural areas that conserve the environment, educate the public and also help the community there.
Taman Negara, Pahang
Fun Fact: Did you know that the Malaysian rainforest (130 million years) is older than the Amazon rainforest (55 million years)?!?! Dinosaurs probably used to walk here!
Being one of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world, Taman Negara is in fact a natural breathtaking wonder that people can pay a visit to instead of visiting famous bustling cities.
They have canopy walks, jungle trekking, canoeing, bird watching (you can see hornbills btw), waterfalls, aborigines settlements and many more.
Get your bookings here.
Kilim Geoforest Park, Kedah
If you’ve never been to a mangrove swamp before, then clearly, you need to give this eco-tourism spot a try as Malaysia is blessed with a number of mangrove forests. And they’re super-duper great for the environment too.
Being a part of the UNESCO Network of Global Geoparks, Kilim Geoforest Park in Langkawi offers tourists a breathtaking boat ride along the river of Kilim.
Tourists can witness the beauty of mangrove forests, millions of years old fossils, islands and beaches, amazing caves and many more. Kilim Geoforest Park is truly a unique place because you can actually find both mangrove ecosystems and coastal karsts coexist.
You can book a tour here.
Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, Sabah
Apart from Orang Utan, you can also see the cute big-nosed Proboscis monkeys at Sabah. Providing a sanctuary for the proboscis monkeys, Labuk Bay in Sandakan aims to educate people on sustainable ways of co-existing with nature and its inhabitants.
Because of the natural habitat of these monkeys (mangrove forests), the place is constantly under conservation with the replanting of saplings to create a more sustainable home for them.
Here at the sanctuary, tourists can witness the cute and funny monkeys apart from other species of wildlife animals too.
You can learn all about the handsome monkeys here.
Renewable Energy Usage
Some big companies are also moving towards more sustainable energy.
PETRONAS Gas & New Energy
Being the leading national oil and gas company and energy solutions partner of Malaysia, PETRONAS has been steadily finding new ways to explore renewable energy options in Malaysia.
They managed to create a whole other department called Gas & New Energy (GNE), which focused on the switch to cleaner and sustainable energy.
The New Energy (NE) part mainly focuses on integrated solar and wind power. They include on-site rooftop solar, off-site solar, battery storage, hybrid solutions and advanced analytics energy monitoring solutions.
Green Lagoon Technology Utilizes Biogas Energy
A Malaysian green technology company called Green Lagoon Technology (GLT) is making the best out of agricultural waste (biogas) and turning them into sources of energy.
Simple science in this is when organic waste decomposes in the absence of oxygen, like food scraps or animal waste (in GLT’s case, palm oil mills’ wastewater), they produce methane and carbon dioxide.
Methane is a good fuel source and can be turned into energy (in terms of GLT, they turned it into electricity).
Mondelēz Making Chocolate Using Solar Power in Malaysia
Hailing from the United States, Mondelēz, a snack company known for producing Oreos, Cadbury and Twisties, aims to create snacks the right way.
In Malaysia, Mondelēz International Malaysia has collaborated with NEFIN Group, a carbon neutrality solutions provider to install solar panels on the roofs of their two manufacturing plants in Shah Alam, Selangor and Prai, Penang.
They’ve installed 1,266 solar panels in Shah Alam (responsible for making Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate) and 1,754 solar panels in Prai (which produces biscuits and salty snacks such as Jacob’s, Twisties and Chipsmore).
HEY, so actually Malaysia is not doing too bad on the renewable energy front too ok!
But to really make a big difference and educate society, we should all take part and pick up the pace to a greener future.
Everyone is accountable for finding ways to save our Earth and this is indeed a team effort. So let’s go greener together. Call it a partnership for the planet, if you may.
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