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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.


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.


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


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In a few more days, many people the world over will be celebrating Christmas, eating, drinking, merry making, exchanging gifts, being with families and friends. At this beautiful time, spare a thought to those who might not be so lucky and give thanks that we are all at PEACE. Here I would like to share the lyrics to John Lennon’s song title Happy Christmas (War is Over). I personally think that this is a very powerful Christmas song. Although we are not at war here, we still want to maintain PEACE in this country. We also want to take care of our surrounding, not throwing things all over the place. GIVE EARTH A CHANCE.

Happy Christmas (War is Over)
by John Lennon

So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong
And so happy Christmas

For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let’s stop all the fight
A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
And so this is Christmas
And what have we done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so happy Christmas
We hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young
A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
War is over
If you want it
War is over

Below are some of the preparation I have been doing for Christmas. Reusing papers and gift wrappers to make boxes and old clothes to be made into christmas stokings.


For those of you who’s still too buzy to put out your Christmas decoration or are a little tight with this year christmas budget, have no fear. A little DIY and MIY will still work. RE-USE all your stuffs and come up with a new and unique Christmas decoration. Forget about cutting a tree or buying a plastic one (eerrr…) Below is an easy magazine folded Christmas tree. (along with simple instruction)
Hopefully this will get your creative juice starting. I’ve also put together a few recycled crafts collected around the net for your viewing pleasure. Who knows…. you might get inspired. Don’t just do the decorating yourself. Share with love one. Remember…. Christmas is about sharing and giving.




Hanging mobile christmas tree, magazine wreath, keyboard tree deco, cinnamon stick tea candle deco….

….felt trees, chainring tree and recycle newspaper with glitter tree.


Another alternative is to support companies that recycle your waste and reuse/repurpose them.


Wishing everyone the whole wide Earth… HAPPY Christmas.

green biTch/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.

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.


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 ?

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



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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Lime Green Man Using A Wet Mop With Green Cleaning Products To Clean Up The Environment Of Planet Earth Clipart Illustration“Cleanliness is next to godliness” or so the saying goes. With Christmas and New Year around the corner, school holiday break with the kids at home, what better way to make everyone do their part in keeping the house clean.

These days you can buy just about every kind of cleaning product for just about every surface or material. Many of these wonder cleaning products recommended for use in the home are poisonous to plants and animals, so when you pour them down the drain you pollute the water system and kill living organisms. When you spray aerosol, you are damaging the atmosphere.Try to cut down on cleaners and be aware of their real effects. Buy or make natural cleaning products and use them in moderation. (I will put another entry on natural recipes)

Everything you need to know about detergents
The first synthetic detergents were made in 1907, before that, soap was used to clean just about everything.

Detergents are made from petrochemicals, a non-renewable resource, and many detergents are not readily biodegradable.

These are some of the ingredients found in todays’ synthetic detergents.

  • Phosphates are used to soften water. They also cause major problems in waterways by encouraging weed growth, which in turn rob aquatic life of oxygen.It is banned in Switzerland and many states in USA.
  • Surface active agents reduce the surface tension of washing water, allowing fabrics to be properly wet through.
  • Disinfectants kills bacteria which cause infection but unfortunately, they also kill the good bacteria needed to decompose sewage.(Keep usage to minimum because there are some drawbacks)
  • Optical brighteners make fabrics appear whiter or brighter by absorbing ultraviolet light and re-emitting blue light giving it the appearance of whiteness but is not guarantee of cleanliness.
  • Fillers are inert addictives which provide bulk and alkalinity.
  • Foam boasters add suds but don’t effect or enhance cleaning action.
  • Perfumes add a cosmetic fresh smell to clothes (manufactured smell and not real)
  • Enzymes attack protein and carbohydrate grime, soil and stain. They can also cause allergic reactions.

Now that you know what goes into you cleaning products, maybe it would be a good idea to check the labels. As a matter of fact, I notice some detergents label do not state what they are made of but only direction on how to use them.

Cleanliness and good hygiene are important, but remember that we also need many of the bacteria which live in the environment to protect us against other more harmful organism. Bottomline : being obsessive about cleanliness is unnecessary.

(When using commercial dishwashing liquid, make sure you rinse dishes ad cutlery well because the residue is harmful to you.)
Household cleaning products are designed to disinfect, clean and deodorise your home until it smells like pine forest or a field of roses. This fantasy disguises the insidious effect of the bleach, air freshener and detergents. The bad long-term effects of these substances will be minimised if you reduce the amount you buy and use everyday.

Replace synthetic detergents with soap at every opportunity you can because soap is non-toxic, biodegrable and cheap.

Shopping list
for a non-toxic natural cleaners to keep your home fresh and clean.

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  • Washing soda – natural water softener and grease cutter. Used in moderation, good heavy duty cleaner for floors and walls. Added to your wash, helps clean really dirty clothes.
  • Bicarbonate of soda(baking soda) – infinately useful around the home as water softener, scouring powder, oven cleaner, stain remover, plaque buster, chrome polisher and facial cleanser.
  • Vinegar – inexpensive and can be used for hundreds of household chores.
  • Salt – an abrasive but benign scouring powder and also mildly antiseptic.


  • Lemon/Lime – essence can be added to your homemade cleaners for that  lemon fresh smell. Lemon/lime juice is also an effective stain remover.
  • Essential oil – can be used to perfume homemade cleaners. Include olive oil or vegetable oil as ingredients in homemade furniture and wood polishes.
  • Household soap or pure soap flakes – need for many cleaning and washing tasks.
  • Ammonia – good for oven cleaning and as an ingredient in general all-purpose cleaner. Avoid inhaling ammonia vapour.
  • Borax – a natural salt and a substitute for chlorine bleach. It can be used to increase the effectiveness of plain soap, to soften water, whiten clothes, control mould and prevent unpleasant odours.
  • Flour – good for polishing chrome and other metal.
  • Pandan leafs/Screwpine – twist and make a knot, leaf in cupboard as natural air freshner as well as potpouri. It repell cockroaches.panw2487

I hope this post has been useful to those who enjoy cleaning. Go natural for a greener and healthier lifestyle. Here’s wishing you a Happy Greenie Healthier Christmas and New Year 2009. 🙂

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Shop till you drop ? Shopping is more than a day to day chore, for many it’s a delight, and even an art form. For the environment, our shopping habits can be a KILLER.

In Malaysia, we have the MAD sales every year during the month of March, August and December. It’s a yearly affair and everyone just go crazy about it. Little does most shoppers/consumers know that all the products that end up in their home are the major cause of enviromental problems worldwide.
Knowing this, maybe now is a good time to look into our spending habits. 3R stands for reduce, reuse and recycle.
is the operative word here.
If you don’t NEED it, don’t buy it – reduce.
There are 2 main questions to ask yourself before you buy a product.
1. What is the product’s lifespan ?
Its lifespan between purchase and disposal should be as long and useful as possible (excluding food items)
2. Is it environmentally friendly ?
– how will you dispose of the product and/or its packaging ?
– can it be recycled ?
– is it biodegradable?
many of the items you buy will be garbage the next, so it’s important to think ahead.
This is the 10 golden rules I try to follow before going shopping

  1. buy local products
  2. always take your own shopping bag
  3. avoid ‘disposable’ items
  4. buy organically grown fruit and vegetables
  5. look for minimum packaging
  6. avoid aerosol sprays
  7. buy products in reusable or returnable containers
  8. avoid plastic packaging
  9. support shop that offer products friendly to the environment
  10. buy both recycled and recyclable products

Compare to many other countries, Malaysia is still very far behind as being enviromentally friendly. Malaysian must be make aware that all the rubbish they threw out might one day comes back to haunt them.”Out of sight is no longer out of mind!” If everyone do their part in being a responsible consumer, think before buying, stop impulsive spending, maybe, just maybe, the big corporation will sit up and listen and change the way how they manufacture their products that cause damage to the enviroment and pose a potential health hazard. Everything is a cycle. If consumer are educated and demand that they want products that are environmentally friendly, than companies will follow to supply that need.

Starting today, say no to disposable goods.


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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

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.


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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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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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