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What can we do when we are travelling?

  • Buy products that are locally produced and sourced
  • Do not buy souvenirs made out of corals or sea shells
  • Take time to educate yourself about the local customs
  • Choose a hotel or resort that makes the effort to reduce their impact on the environment
  • Minimise your electricity consumption, e.g. turn off your air conditioning when not in the room
  • Minimise your water usage
  • Help to reduce plastic waste by re-using drinking water bottles
  • Use biodegradable products whenever possible
  • Minimise waste by recycling
  • If hiring the services of a guide, try to ensure that they have professional certification

What can we do when visiting the islands or reefs?

  • Do not collect any sea shells or dead corals on the beach; they provide shelter to small animals and produce sand over a long period of time
  • Do not touch corals. Corals are fragile animals that die and break easily under pressure
  • Do not wear fins in shallow areas or stand on corals with them. It takes many years for corals to grow back once they are broken
  • Dispose your trash in the nearest bin. Do not litter into the sea. It can kill marine life!
  • Do not feed the marine animals as it will disrupt their feeding habits and behaviour

What can we do at home?

  • Reduce, reuse and recycle
  • Turn off your electrical appliances at the wall. Leaving them on standby with the little red light on still uses up electricity
  • Turn off lights when not in use
  • When buying products, look out for their efficiency grade and rating
  • Try to avoid using your vehicle too often, use public transport. If you really have to drive, try car pooling with your friends or colleagues
  • Avoid using household cleaning products containing harmful chemicals. This will get washed down the drain and eventually end up in the sea. You can buy eco-friendly products or better yet, make your own out of natural substances like vinegar and lemon juice
  • Buy locally produced food and drinks. This reduces the carbon footprint of your diet
  • Eat organic food. Organic food is grown without insecticides and pesticides. Also it is good for your health!
  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. By doing this, you can save 5-10 litres of water a day
  • It rains almost half the year in Malaysia. So why not collect it and reuse it to water your garden instead
  • Start a compost bin at home. This will reduce the amount of trash you throw out every day and it will become fertile soil which you can then use
  • Recycle your paper. Paper which still has a clean side can be reused or made into a notepad. If you have to buy paper, buy recycled paper
  • Give away your unwanted clothes to charity. There's someone out there who will want that t-shirt that you think is too un-cool for you
  • Bring your own reusable bags when you go shopping
  • Most importantly, don't be shy to be an advocate of green living!

 

 

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