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THE BERITA / 2016 – 2017 ISSUE 2
50 SHADES OF GREEN IN KUALA LUMPUR
BY ANNE VERWOERD, MEMBER OF THE GREEN CLUB
There is a revolu on of environmental awareness and ini a ves sparking around the world, and our dear KL is taking part with many many green ini a ves taking place on a daily basis. The underlying care and concern of these ini a ves makes us, as The Green Club, very pleased and we would like to share these ini a ves with the MKIS community so that anyone can take part and adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. These ini a ves in one way or another follow the 5 R’s principle: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot. This principle (which will be elaborated on so keep reading!) is every nature enthusiast’s pursuit to sustainability.
REFUSE: The  rst step to sustainability is refusing those unnecessary plas c bags, wrappers, and straws; this is where a reusable shopping bag or reusable drinking bo le comes in handy. The Hive - Bulk Foods store in Bangsar is one of the few stores that follows the concept of zero waste and makes it possible for consumers to refuse packaging. Consumers bring their own containers that they  ll with organic cereals and nuts, for instance. This way, waste packaging is avoided. Even be er, many of their products originate from local organic farms, including the Orang Asli organic farm. In addi on to food, they also sell sustainable hygiene products like bamboo toothbrushes, natural soaps, organic make- up, and washable sanitary pads.
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