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HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Here’s wishing everyone Happy Holidays.

I’m sure everyone is now in holidaying mood. Partying and enjoying the festive season with family, friends and making new ones. Just a note or may I say a reminder as we celebrate a close of 2010 and the begining of 2011, please think of mother earth and try not to go overboard with wrappings and over packaging of gifts. Remember 3R. Below is a proverb that I think everyone should remember. This is not to dampen you holiday spirit but to make you be more aware.

” Only when the last tree has died

and the last river has been poisoned

and the last fish been caught,

will we realise that

we cannot eat money.”

– Cree Indian Proverb

Signing off – May next year be even better than this year.

Green bitch/witch

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Green is a color I really need to stare at now cause staring too much at the monitar is not good. Staring at green is supposed to be good for the eye. How much is that true ? I don’t know. Anyway, speaking or typing about Green reminded me of the event I’ve  circled on my calendar and would like to share with you all. It’s not always that you get events happening anywhere near or around Ipoh. Well…. good news… Project Revive will be having their Green Living Activities at Teluk Batik Lumut.

PROJECT REVIVE TELUK BATIK LUMUT, 2010

Date :  11th and 12th June, 2010

Day :  Friday and Saturday

Time :  8am to 9pm

Activities :  Beach Clean Up, Throwing in Mudballs, Plant A Tree Campaingn, Dive & Clean,  Painting selected items, etc, we will be ending up with a “Thank You”” party with food, music, games, karaoke, lucky draws and maybe even live music.

You can read about their programmes here.

For those of you who’s free and would like to give back something to mother Earth, get your green tee on and start out to Lumut. as they always say….the MORE the MERRIER. Keep the date free and bring your family and drag all you friends there. Have a fun &  green day.

BE GREEN. LIVE GREEN. EAT GREENS. HELP GREEN THE EARTH.

Green BITCH/WITCH 😉

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bottle rubbish

Today, every which way you turn, you will be aware of the many usage of plastic in our life. Just about everything we use has plastic in them. They are also the many source of problems that are plaguing the environment nowadays. When Leo Baekeland invented Bakelite in 1909, he could not have realized what a profound effect this and other plastics were going to have on the future of earth. The very virtues that make plastics so useful (strength and durability), are also the what make them such appalling problem. The problem is that we use plastics (long-lasting materials) to make objects which we promptly throw away. E.g. take-away carrier bag ~material used can last for centuries but we discard it right after we reach home. We have many plastics objects that have useful lives that are measured not in hours but in minutes or even seconds(foam polystyrene). Although all plastic is similar, chemically they may be as different from me and you. So….what is plastic ?

Here’s a quick breakdown of plastic resin types:

plastic symbols

#1 polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) = Product examples: Disposable soft drink and water bottles, cough-syrup bottles

#2 high density polyethylene (HDPE) = Product examples: Milk jugs, toys, liquid detergent bottles, shampoo bottles

#3 polyvinyl chloride (V or PVC) = Product examples: Meat wrap, cooking oil bottles, plumbing pipes

#4 low density polyethylene (LDPE) = Product examples: Cling wrap, grocery bags, sandwich bags

#5 polypropylene (PP) = Product examples: Syrup bottles, yogurt cups/tubs, diapers

#6 polystyrene (PS) = Product examples: Disposable coffee cups, clam-shell take-out containers

#7 other (misc.; usually polycarbonate, or PC, but also polylactide, or PLA, plastics made from renewable resources) = Product examples: Baby bottles, some reusable water bottles, stain-resistant food-storage containers, medical storage containers

Safer Plastics = #2HDPE, #4LDPE and #5PP

These three types of plastic are the healthiest. They transmit no known chemicals into your food and they’re generally recyclable; #2 is very commonly accepted by municipal recycling programs, but you may have a more difficult time finding someone to recycle your #4 and #5 containers.

#1 PET

#1 bottles and containers are fine for single use and are widely accepted by municipal recyclers. You won’t find many reusable containers made from #1, but they do exist. It’s also best to avoid reusing #1 plastic bottles; water and soda bottles in particular are hard to clean, and because plastic is porous, these bottles absorb flavors and bacteria that you can’t get rid of.

PLA

PLA (polylactide) plastics are made from renewable resources such as corn, potatoes and sugar cane and anything else with a high starch content. The starch is converted into polylactide acid (PLA). Although you can’t recycle these plant-based plastics, you can compost them in a municipal composter or in your backyard compost heap. Most decompose in about twelve days unlike conventional plastic, which can take up to 100 years.

Plastics to Avoid

#3 PVC

#3 polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is often used frequently in cling wraps for meat. However, PVC contains softeners called phthalates that interfere with hormonal development, and its manufacture and incineration release dioxin, a potent carcinogen and hormone disruptor. Vinyl chloride, the primary building block of PVC, is a known human carcinogen that also poses a threat to workers during manufacture.

#6 PS

Extruded polystyrene (#6 PS; commonly known as Styrofoam) is used in take-out containers and cups, and non-extruded PS is used in clear disposable takeout containers, disposable plastic cutlery and cups. Both forms of PS can leach styrene into food; styrene is considered a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. It may also disrupt hormones or affect reproduction.

#7 PC

#7 Polycarbonate (PC) is found in baby bottles, 5-gallon water bottles, water-cooler bottles and the epoxy linings of tin food cans. PC is composed of a hormone-disrupting chemical called bisphenol A, which has been linked to a wide variety of problems such as cancer and obesity.

Source : National Geographic ‘s The Green Guide

What prompted me into writing this article is the many messages I’ve gotten regarding cancer and also melamine. The term “melamine” may also be used to refer to the plastic melamine resin. The recent milk scare and just about everything that contain milk has gotten alot of people work up. Women are advice not to leave their water bottle in car under the sun because according to singer “Sheryl Crow” she got cancer by drinking water from plastic container that she left in her car. Then the scare of “BPA” especially used to make drinking containers and also milk bottles. Hence, the research on explaining the difference types of plastics. Is plastic a good invention ? I believe the answer is “YES” but the reason for it’s bad reputation to the environment is because human did not think of the consequences when they used the substance to create other objects like plastic bottles, bags etc.

plastic bottles

Some fast facts about water bottles

  1. 1.5 million barrels of oil are used every year to make plastic water bottles for bottled water. This is enough oil to fuel 100,000 cars for a year.

  2. 36 billion bottles are sold each year, only 7 billion make it to recycling. The other 29 billion bottles end up in landfills, incinerators, litter in streams, oceans and rivers.”

When you throw away your plastic product, those that are buried which contain cadmium as pigment will get wash away by rain water into groundwater that may end up in the public water supply. Even in our homes, building materials do contain plastic like PVC that gives off vinyl chloride gas that are found to cause liver cancer. Rubbish burning or some that catch fire can sometime burn for weeks aspecially if PVC and polystyrene foams are involved. Anyone who has breathed the smoke from this 2 substances knows how acrid it is (hydrogen fluoride), very poisonous and contributes to acid rain. Getting rid of plastics is not so easy. As long as we use petrol in our cars, plastics will be with us. The sooner we learn to reduce or refuse, reuse then more prudently and find some way of re-using(re-purpose) them, the better our life will be.

POSITIVE ACTION : How to cut down on waste plastic

  • Don’t buy fresh food pre-packed in plastic

  • Refuse plastic containers for takeaway food

  • Choose natural materials in clothing

  • Avoid disposable plastic in the kitchen

  • Ask for biodegradable packaging

Doing research for this post was really an eye-opener for me in term of the devastation of plastics to the environment. Education is key. Teach the young about the pros and cons of plastic products so that they may in future think before they create a short-life product using plastics.

Bottomline : as long as there is demand, there will be supply. greed will destroy this planet.

” THE WORLD CAN FEED EVERYONES NEED, BUT NOT EVERYONES GREED.” `~ GANDHI

green witch 😉

Below are some photos of plastic products being reuse or repurposed.

waterpotmaggipotrepurpose-gdnpot

mini-pots

I use my plastic waste mostly in the garden.

plasticbag ball

Plastic bag turn into a ball.

bottle-repurposePlastic_Bottles_Sparking_Stars

Below are more professional looking products by designers and artists who embrace the RE-CREATE, RE-DESIGN, RE-PURPOSE and incorporate them in their work. Enjoy.

1. http://www.ryterdesign.ch/recycline/frame.htm

recyline

2.http://miwa.metm.org/PET_project/
platic-bottle-repurpose

3.http:// http://www.michellebrand.co.uk
michellebrand-portfolio

4. Studio Verissimo
spoonlamp2

5. http://www.dezeen.com/2007/12/12/drop-chandelier-by-stuart-haygarth/

drop-plasticbottle-bottom-c

Reuse, Recreate & Repurpose!

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This year, World Environmental Day theme is

THE PLANET NEEDS YOU.
UNITED TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE.

Every year we celebrate WED but does everyone actually practises what they preach ? The world is a very sad place today. Climate change is affecting us all and yet there are still people in this region which do not care that they are contributing to the situation. Malaysia is once again being slowly but surely enveloped by the haze. Every year around this time we will have this problem. People just never learn. Not only does our neighbouring country Indonesia practises ” slash & burn” but it looks like the imported maid also does the same thing. My neighbours seems to love open burning just about anytime of the day. I’ve been trying to catch them on video but to no effect. Since they know that I have been on to them, they are now burning at night. Add to this, now the haze from our neighbouring country will just get things worst. What is our government doing about it ? Shouldn’t there be heavier penalty to all this people who love to burn and cause other people discomfort ?

Daily tip from UN :
Recycling our trash actually contributes to reducing global warming emissions. And it is estimated that 75% of what is thrown in the trash could actually be recycled, though currently only 25% is.

So what are you waiting for ? An invitation ? Sigh. Recycling is the easiest way you can help in combating climate change. Don’t just read and forget about it. Get off you butt and go recycle. Better yet before you recycle, try repairing first.

Below are a series of posters by UN.

01_ACT_MORE_CYCLINGCycling keeps you healthy and the earth healthy as well. When you cycle, you burn FAT and not fuel.

04_ACT_MORE_RECYCLINGRecycle all those plastic bottle that is been thrown around at landfill. Better yet reuse them as vase or containers.

03_ACT_MORE_TREEPLANTINGPlant more trees to green the earth. Logging and deforestation are one of the biggest problems facing most country in the world. We need these tree to maintain a balance in the eco-system.

05_USE_LESS_PAPERUse less paper. Since the introduction of computers, we kept talking about paperless office. Have we reach there yet ? Seems that we are using more paper than ever. I’ve cut down totally on writing on paper or even printing out anything. Don’t buy newspaper but read online. No snail mail but email. All documents are electronic unless needed. When I do need paper, usually reuse the other unprinted or written side of junk mail.

 

07LESS_POWER

Switched off the light when not in use. Unplug. Be aware of energy vampire.

08LESS_WATER

Use less water. Repair that licking tap. Take shorter shower. spare a thought to some people in the world who don’t even have access to proper clean drinking water.

World Environment Day (WED) was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.

Commemorated every year on 5 June in more than 100 countries around the globe, World Environment Day is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and boosts political attention and action.

 With thousands of events in UNEP’s six global regions including North America, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and West Asia, World Environment Day is considered one of the largest environmental events of its kind. 

To read more on WED go here.

Can’t wait to watch the global premier of HOME on WED 2009.
You can watch it online here 

Whatever it is. Hope you have a very HAPPY FRUITFUL WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY. Let work together to make our only planet a better place HOME.

green witch 😉

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60earfthhour-2009

So… what is the big deal about this thingie call EARTH HOUR ? Well, it’s actually a specific time and date where participating countries will switched off their light for an hour. This year Malaysia will join a group of other countries in doing it on the 28 March, 2009 at 8.30pm to 9.30pm (Malaysian time) If you chose to flick the switch you are voting for Earth and if you refuse than you are voting for global warming. I find it to be great promotional way to encourage people to conserve energy and trying to do this together does show brotherhood among humankind. This event is bought to you by WWF (World Wildlife Fun) and they are encouraging people of Earth to VOTE for EARTH. They are targeting for 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

Earth Hour started in Sdyney in 2007 where 2.2 miliion household and business switched off their lights for one hour. 2008 saw it turned into a global sustainable movement where more than 50 million people switching off their lights. 2009, over 70 countries and territories has pleadge their support to VOTE FOR EARTH. Take your stand now.

“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.”
Malcolm X

What is so difficult about switching off your light for an hour ? Just think of it as a romantic time together with your love one with candles or just enjoy the night sky. By switching off your light you have taken the pledge to stand by EARTH.

To read more on Earth Hour ~ Malaysia

here is me switching off

greenwitch 😉

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I’ve been a fan of Nickelback for quite a while now and would like to share with you all this song by them. Why the title “If everyone cared!” ? Mainly because someday when you wakeup, you just feel as if the whole world is against you. You wonder if a small insignificant “little you” can do any changes at all. Take for example the planet earth where you can keep on harping about greening the planet, don’t burn your rubbish, recycle, do 3R, etc. Then you come across a song like this one and you truly wish that everyone will really care about the things that matter and not what’s the lastest fad.

Here is an inspirational quote to make you feel -hey…. I can make a difference.

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
Dalai Lama XIV

IF EVERYONE CARED BY NICKELBACK

If Everyone Cared lyrics

From underneath the trees, we watch the sky
Confusing stars for satellites
I never dreamed that you’d be mine
But here we are, we’re here tonight

Singing Amen, I, I’m alive
Singing Amen, I, I’m alive

[Chorus:]
If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we’d see the day when nobody died

And I’m singing Amen

Amen I, Amen I, I’m alive
Amen I, Amen I, Amen I, I’m alive

And in the air the fireflies
Our only light in paradise
We’ll show the world they were wrong
And teach them all to sing along

Singing Amen, I, I’m alive
Singing Amen, I, I’m alive
(I’m alive)

[Chorus x2]

And as we lie beneath the stars
We realize how small we are
If they could love like you and me
Imagine what the world could be

If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we’d see the day when nobody died
When nobody died…

[Chorus]

We’d see the day, we’d see the day
When nobody died
We’d see the day, we’d see the day
When nobody died
We’d see the day when nobody died

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

green witch 😉

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With the economic crisis hitting everyone everywhere, it is even more important that all of us spent prudently. With this in mind, I would like to encourage more people to take up the challenge of REPAIR rather than RECYCLE. Below is a Repair Manifesto by Platform21 which I find to be useful and would like to share with all.

repair-manefesto

Repairing discourages our throw away culture. It makes us value the things we have. As far as I can remember, this throw away culture happens fairly recently in this country. It is mostly because buying a brand NEW appliances will cost about the same as repairing that alot decide to go for a new one. Hopefully, with the economic downturn, everyone will once again go back to our age old way of repairing things and reusing them until they are truly unuseble. We must learn to be part of nature that are not wasteful.

Another reason why everyone should try to REDUCE, REUSE & REPAIR is that the multibillion-dollar recycling industry has gone into a nosedive because of the global economic crisis and a drop in commodity prices.

china-recycle-may12Source : AP

Look at all those waste and this is suppose to be from foreign countries selling thier waste to China. We are indeed very wastefull.

STOP RECYCLING. START REPAIRING.

green b.i.t.c.h (babes in total control of herself) 😉

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