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I’ve just watch “HOME’ on NTV7 between 10.00am to 12.00 noon. Verdict : Very entertaining, informative, educational, impressive and most importantly make an IMPACT. Everyone should be encourage to watch this documentary. Schools, parents, should make it a point to watch together and see the destruction of our planet by US. Yes. You and me. Most of the time we did it without even thinking. This documentary will be in your face about your future on this planet.

Earth is our only home. If we don’t do anything, we might be climate refugee soon.

You can make a difference. Start NOW. The planet needs YOU. Unite to combat climate change.

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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.

 

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

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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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Another 3R post that encourages reusing items from e-waste which you have laying around your house like old computer monitors, keyboard, mouse, cpu box etc. i dismantle a few of the keyboard I have. figuring out a few ideas to used the keys for maybe fridge magnet or jewelery. This of course is prompted by Christmas being round the corner.  Here’s a little heavy reading for those of you who wanted to know more about e waste.

FACTS :
Electronic waste, “e-waste” or “Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment” (“WEEE“) is a waste type consisting of any broken or unwanted electrical or electronic device. Recyclable electronic waste is sometimes further categorized as a “commodity” while e-waste which cannot be reused is distinguished as “waste”. Both types of e-waste have raised concern considering that many components of such equipment are considered toxic and are not biodegradable. Responding to these concerns, many European countries banned e-waste from landfills in the 1990s. As the price of gold, silver and copper continue to rise, e-waste has become more desirable.

Some activists define “Electronic waste” to include all secondary computers, entertainment devices electronics, mobile phones and other items, whether they have been sold, donated, or discarded by their original owner. This definition includes used electronics which are destined for reuse, resale, salvage, recycling or disposal. Others define the reusable (working and repairable electronics) and secondary scrap (copper, steel, plastic, etc.) to be “commodities”, and reserve the use of the term “waste” for residue or material which was represented as working or repairable but which was discarded by the buyer.

Debate continues over the distinction between “commodity” and “waste” electronics definitions. Some exporters may deliberately leave obsolete or non-working equipment mixed in loads of working equipment (through ignorance, or to avoid more costly treatment processes for ‘bad’ equipment). On the other hand, some importing countries specifically seek to exclude working or repairable equipment in order to protect domestic manufacturing markets. “White box” computers (‘off-brand’ or ‘no name’ computers) are often assembled by smaller scale manufacturers utilizing refurbished components. These ‘white box’ sales accounted for approximately 45% of all computer sales worldwide by 2004, and are considered a threat to some large manufacturers, who therefore seek to classify used computers as ‘waste’.

While a protectionist may broaden the definition of “waste” electronics, the high value of working and reusable laptops, computers, and components (e.g. RAM), can help pay the cost of transportation for a large number of worthless “commodities”. Broken monitors, obsolete circuit boards, short circuited transistors, and other junk are difficult to spot in a container load of used electronics.

Until such time as equipment no longer contains such hazardous substances, the disposal and recycling operations must be undertaken with great care to avoid damaging pollution and workplace hazards, and exports need to be monitored to avoid “toxics along for the ride”.  ….Read more

I’ve just started with using the plastic in the keyboard chip ?(don’t even know what it’s call) and turn them into cover for my notebook.

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cool right ? more photos collected from around the net where computer parts are being put to used.  Re-use, Re-craft, Re-purpose, Re-create. 4R ?

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See don’t throw away your cpu box or the monitar. Hamster home, satay grill even a MIY side table.

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Remember all those diskettes laying around being use as frisbee or coaster ?

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if crafting or making things is not your cup of tea, that’s OK. maybe this christmas try purchasing recycle craft as gifts. There are a few website, local and international that features very attractive recycle crafts. Below are afew.

eco-basket from Salaam wanita

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Signing off , make full use of your e-waste before you trash them. If you can’t make use of them, try recycling them. There are afew places that accept e-waste.

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COMPOSTING MADE EASY

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Green the earth. Everyone should do their part in making sure that they plant at least a scrub/plant in their compound or balcony. It doesn’t takes alot to but at least the plant with absorb carbon dioxides and produce oxsigen for you.

A while back I did a post on composting and here I will reveal the easy method that I’ve tried and tested and proven to be good! There are alot of people out there selling bins for composting. They do work but the easiest method is really a no brainer. Anyone can do it. I mostly uses my kitchen waste. You can of course use dried grass and leafs.

Prepare afew pot but in my case, I used heavy duty polybag that are used for plants. Make sure that there are hole at the bottom, if using pot, put meshes and peebles. Next put in 2 inches of garden soil. From now on you can start your compost. Spread your kitchen ORGANIC waste on top of the soil and than layer another 2 inches of soil. This will keep the waste from omitting foul smell. Repeat this process everyday. When the bag is full, start a new one.

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Remember to protect the bag from rain and sun. After 30 days, your compost is ready to be used in your garden. These homemade compost are alot more healthier than your garden bought fertilizer and they smell wonderfully earthy and woody. Never thought I will say this but it really smell good.

A witchy miracle ~ sometime back one of my plant which is call “patawali” just decided to slowly die on me by dropping all its leaves and just left with its stem. Took pure fruit peeling that was laid out in a container and has turned into compost and pour over the plant. The next morning, new shot sprouted up by leap and bound like it just gotten a big feed of viagra.

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Happy composting and garden. Checkout my garden(maintain by hubby) at this website if you’re into herbs and gardening.

green witch

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Yup…. blog recycling, anyway, I wrote this piece quite sometime back in my other blog which I haven’t been updating much since I started on this green blog. Thought I would share this with you all. Doesn’t matter if you are an artist or not.

So what do you think about this poster I found. Interesting right ? I found that I had done most of the things suggested on the list. So does that mean I’m a true GENUINE ARTIST ? hahahaha

stay loose. learn to watch snailshuh ? ok…can do that gardening got lots of snails, probably will smashed them with my spade – not a very green thing to do huh ?

plant impossible garden umm… does planting weed that can be used as herb considered impossible garden ? or even planting poisonous plant considered IMPOSSIBLE garden ?

invite someone dangerous to tea – I don’t do tea and who can I invite that’s dangerous ? my father-in-law ? the reaper ? ummm….

make little sign that says yes and post them all over the house i think i tried that last christmas

make friends with freedom, uncertainty – been there and done that, freedom only in the mind and uncertainty is the bread and butter for artes

look forward to dreams – wow… love my dreams

cry during movies – this is one thing I can’t stop even if I want to, so embarassing

swing as high as you can on a swingset on moonlight – always love swing and swinging in moonlight makes you feel like interacting with the fey

cultivate mood – boy, do I have alot of mood swing, part of my personality

refuse to be responsible – well, easy peasy, swing low and forget everything

do it for love – love makes the world go round

take lots of naps – ya… yawn…

give away money. do it now.the money will follow – give to charity, the more you give the more you receive, what if you got no money huh ?

believe in magic – yup…. the keyword is believe…. that’s what give you imagination

laugh a lot – my favourite exercise

celebrate every gorgeous moment – now this remain me of the phase ” life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take you breath away”

take moonbath – love doing this especially for courting couple and also old married couple hehehehe “sai yit kong”, “jemu bulan ?”

imagine yourself magic – always had very wild imagination and wanted to be the fairy queen/ witch

giggle with children – I’m a giggling idiot most of the time. guess I’m more a kid than most kiddies

listen to old people – oooo…. must I, seems to be doing alot of that my whole life oops…I’m also turning into one of them…eeeee

open up. dive in. be free – I am born FREE

bless yourself. drive away fear – I always refer to this quote ” never let FEAR stand in the way of your dream”

play with everything. entertain your inner child – I am a toy’r’us kid ok ? so I NEVER grow up lor

you are innocent. built a fort with blankets – umm… still do that sometimes, kinda fun until it’s wash day

get wet. hug trees – i love riding or even walking in the rain, makes you feel human and hugging trees are my thing man…. i am a true blue tree hugger

write love letters – writing love letters is really about expressing oneself totally and I do have a journal take I write in constantly, more of love letter to god

checkout if you pass the whole list. something to look through during a rainy evening or just for kick. There’s a little creativity/imagination/artist in everyone of us. Cultivate it, because the mind is a beautiful thing.

Have a wonderful weekend. Smile and the whole world smile with you. 🙂

green artist

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REDUCE YOUR RUBBISH!

In my earlier posting I listed out what you can do about 3R which is really the basics. Waste management has to start at home. Education is truly needed to make people aware that waste management is one way to reduce our rubbish and reduce the number of land fill. I have seen a very drastic change in the amount of waste I threw out. How did that happen. Firstly, sorting out my trash that I can reuse and recycle. What is normally left is the foodstuff, separate your organic waste and recycle them to make your own compost. Start with a container that you keep handy in the kitchen, for me I re-use a margerine tin (2.5kg) with plastic cover to keep my kitchen scraps and every evening I will add it to my compost pile. You can also have a larger container outside to put in all the scraps.

Composting is probably one of the simplest and most effective way to enrich garden soil naturally. Healthy soil is the essential ingredient needed for healthy plants. Recycling your organic household wastes from the kitchen into the garden via a compost heap will save you an enormous amount of time, money and energy. The time and effect needed is really no more trouble than putting food scraps in the bin. Read more here
http://www.neo2u.net/recycle/science_composting.php

Photograph: Joseph Sohm/Corbis

What are organic kitchen scraps ? Egg shells, tea leaves, vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, nut shells, fruit skins, small pieces of meat and small bones. Avoid putting large bones in as they take longer time to break down. You can add all manner of organic material to your compost ~ natural fibre clothing, food-soiled paper, garden trimmings, wood shavings and grass from moving the lawn.

A compost pile encourages natural decomposition of organic materials.

See how easy it is to reduce the amount of waste from your household. If you do not have a garden or have no use of compost, try looking for member of your community which do need organic scraps to make compost. Imagine if everyone were to recycle their kitchen scraps, there will definately be less need for more landfill. It’s a pity that there are no one (that I know of/ heard of) collecting organic waste. Every family seems to be throwing away alot of organic waste everyday and you can certainly smell it whenever the trash truck passes by. Hell, all those dried leaves and grass are also used in the compost. In my earlier post I bitch about my neighbour which LOVES to burnt her pile of dried leaves and grass, well, she now burnt it in front of her house rather than the back. Every morning I can smell the smoke coming from her place. Which is why educating the public about waste management and also open burning should be a priority. There are still alot of ignorant and stubborn people out there. Unless, they are being fined or educated, they will continue with their old ways without caring for the present and future generation.

HAVE A HAPPY, PRODUCTIVE WEEKEND AND BE GREEN – REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, REPAIR, REMAKE, RECREATE, REVIEW, REDESIGN, REFUSE….ETC

green witch

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This is the 3R logo I did for a project about 3r sometime early this year for a children exhibition. I’m sure many of you have seen some form or another of this recycle logo. What is 3R ? And are anyone truly practicing them ? I’m happy to say that in Ipoh there’s a company that is promoting 3R and encouraging Perakian to be more environmentally conscious of their surrounding. To know more about this company and their recycling programme please click here.

Let’s get back to 3R. Many website and blogsite explained about 3R. But there are still alot of people who are ignorance or stubborn or couldn’t be bothered. See…. from my way of thinking…. the older generation couldn’t be bothered because they ain’t gonna be around much longer, the mid-age are stubborn because they are too busy making MONEY by destroying the environment and the younger generation is ignorance because they were never taught by their parents or teachers about 3R. Asked around you and I’m sure you will see a pattern appearing of Malaysian who are too BUSY shopping (adding to the rubbish), making MONEY(using up more natural resources) “I’m not against anyone making money but be more environmentally conscious-lah” . You say enough liau-lah, I say no-way. Doesn’t it feels terrible when someone bitch about something you know YOU can do a difference ? Remember what Mahatha Gandhi said, “be the CHANGE you wish to see in THE WORLD” It doesn’t have to be creating or inventing anything to do something for the world, small gesture of managing you waste with 3R makes alot of different. Think about the future generation. This earth/world do belong to them.

Below is the copies I wrote for “A family guide to 3R” brochure. It’s to help every individual to do 3R – REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE.

BE GREEN, BE RESPONSIBLE
A FAMILY GUIDE TO 3R – REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE

The issues of pollution and the state of the environment have become worldwide concerns. Every time we turn on TV or read the newspaper we are treated to the latest environmental disaster. Issues like water pollution, the Greenhouse Effect, ozone depletion and acid rain are discussed in every corner of the globe. This new awareness brings hope for the future. We need to work together to keep our planet clean and free of toxic wastes. Remember, earth is our only home.

3 GREAT WAYS YOU CAN BE A HERO AND SAVE OUR EARTH

Waste when thrown into bin, becomes a part of the environment – that’s YOUR environment, everything that surrounds you including air, land, plants, water and man-made things. You need a healthy environment for your own health and happiness. Effective waste management is important, the waste we create has to be carefully controlled so that it does not harm your environment and your health.

What is waste ?
Waste is anything discarded, throwaway, rejected, surplused, abandoned or released into the environment.

If you love your home (earth) than NOW is the time to step up and take action. Be green, be responsible and think of your family’s future.

HOW CAN I HELP ?

You and your family can help by practising the 3R’s of waste management : Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Practising all three of these activities everyday is important for a healthy environment. Take a few minutes right now to learn more about waste and waste management, so that you and your family can be key players in making our world a safe and healthy place.

Why do you need to use 3R’s ?
* Saving space
* Saving natural resources
* Save energy
* Reduce pollution

REDUCE

A key part of waste “reduction” is CONSERVATION.
You and your family can practice reduction by selecting products that do not have to be added to landfills.
* Buy and use less
* Wise packaging selections – precycle by purchasing products in packaging that’s recyclable, buy in bulk, refuse to buy over-packaged products, buy unpackaged or “bare” items when you can.
* Buy 100% recyclable products ~ recycled paper, recycled glass etc.
* Avoid man-made fibers
* Refuse store bag, bring your own shopping bag
* Use durable products
* Avoid buying disposable items
* Buy local
* Cut down on can and frozen food
* Cut down on takeaways
* Avoid aerosol sprays (contain CFCs that deplete the ozone layer)
* Avoid buying styrofoam prepackaged items
* Start a garden, consider planting bamboo (stores more CO2 and generate 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees)
* Save water ~ take showers instead of baths, don’t leave water running when cleaning your teeth, fix dripping taps
* Save energy ~ replaced a light bulb with Compact Fluorescent (CFL) because it last up to 10 times longer than traditional bulbs; only lights rooms you are actually occupying; use a laptop; wash clothes in cold water
* Carpool, ride a bicycle or take public transportation
* Unplug electrical appliances when not in used
* Drive smaller, more energy-efficient car & use lead-free petrol
* Never pour toxic substances like insecticide or kerosene or cooking oil down the drain

REUSE

Do not throw away things that are still usable, pass on to others who can use them. ” One man’s waste is another man’s treasure.”
* re-use disposables like plastic cups, plates, utensils and plastic food storage bags, etc.
* take along lunchbox or tiffin when buying takeaways
* repair rather than replace
* donate to charity
* hold a garage sale or give-away
* Use canvas or cloth bags when shopping
* reuse plastic bags
* buy washable cotton diapers
* use empty plastic water or soft drink bottles as drink bottle for school and office
* buy product in refillable containers e.g. washing powder, coffee, tea etc.
* reuse old envelope
* use both sides of paper
* scrap paper use to make own paper
* rent or borrow items you don’t use very often
* save old egg cartons, toilet rolls, margarine and ice-cream tubs for art & crafts
* use refillable pens instead of disposable
* use rechargeable batteries and refillable print cartridge
* used egg carton to plant seedlings
* find creative way to reuse your waste before throwing it into the bin

RECYCLE

Recycling occurs when you save and take reusable materials to places where they can remade it into either the same product or new products. Recycling means turning something old into something new.

Just about anything in your home (or office or school etc.) that cannot be reused CAN be recycled into something else. Set up a system of separating your waste for recycling.

* Paper ~ tie into bundles
* Beverage carton ~ FLIP : open the top side flaps of the carton; FLAP : open the bottom flaps; FLAT : flatten it.
* Aluminium can ~ empty contents, rinse, dry and crush & metal containers ~ empty contents and clean
* Glass ~ empty contents and clean
* Plastic : drinking bottle ~ remove cap, empty bottle, rinse and crush; plastic containers ~ empty contents and clean
* Organic (food scrap) ~ pour into compost heap in your garden to be turn into fertilizer.

Deposit them at the various recycle centre. Make sure you put the waste in the correct bin.

Remember, recycling is a great way to conserve resources – but even better is not to create
the waste in the first place.

Now, isn’t that easy ? There is so much YOU can do with very little effort. And the best part is you will probably save yourself a lot of money while you are at it.

I hope the above do help some of you who are still mong cha cha about 3R. It’s very simple. Start doing it today. You can even collect points and exchange it for Jusco voucher at the link above.

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Wow…since this is the most popular post, I’ve decided to bring it up front. To see the actual brochure, you can visit my design site . Sorry, site expired. Will have another up ASAP. See it here.

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