Environment

Poor French families say DIY is cheaper and better for the environment

At her home in Roubaix, a former industrial centre in northern France that’s now the country’s poorest city, Magdalene Deleporte is making her own deodorant. “It is fast and super easy,” she says, giving a demonstration with a recipe involving coconut oil, baking powder and a few drops of fragrant oils. “It takes five minutes:...

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‘BeeBlitz’ projects turn to ‘citizen science’ to help data researchers

Dozens of volunteers have spent hours this summer in Forest Park, trying to photograph every bee that passes through homemade 2sq m grids. Known as a “BeeBlitz”, it’s an experiment in citizen science that researchers hope will allow them to collect detailed data on area bee populations. “The project is important,” said volunteer and aspiring...

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Getting supermarket shoppers to stop relying on single-use plastic bags

While most Malaysians may seem reluctant to change their wasteful habits – even at the expense of our country’s environment – Tesco Malaysia corporate services director Azliza Azmel is optimistic that we can. Recounting her visit to a recently opened store in Bagan Ajam, Penang, Azliza says she was surprised to see even the “aunties”...

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Finnish what you start: Sort out your rubbish before dumping it

Like most people in Finland, Mikko Tanner has four different rubbish bins in the small kitchen of his apartment in Etela-Haaga, a small suburb near the Nordic country’s capital of Helsinki. But it’s not because the father of two has a lot to throw away. He just has to make sure that his rubbish gets...

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International school in KL receives highest green building accolade

A private school has shown that it walks the talk when it comes to sustainable design. The International School Kuala Lumpur’s (ISKL) new 10.5ha campus in Ampang Hilir won Gold in the Education category at the Malaysian Institute of Architects (Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia, or PAM) Awards 2019 held in June. It is also a Green Building...

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3 Malaysians and local groups leading the way in zero-waste

Most of us are familiar with environmental organisations such as WWF-Malaysia, set up in 1972; the Malaysian Nature Society, whose origin dates back to 1940; and Greenpeace Malaysia, established in 2017. For a long time, environment-related activism was largely carried out by such organisations. However, in recent times, we have seen an increasing number of...