Mission 9 – Bukit Gasing | footprintsKL

Bukit Gasing – Mission 9

Check out our video for our final mission in 2017 at Bukit Gasing and don’t forget to spread our cause to all nature lovers out there!

We went to Bukit Gasing, the place where it all started 1 year ago. The place is not too trashed as comapred to other locations we been to. However, it is still too much. A big thanks to all the helpers that came out to support us on that day!

Also make sure to have a look at our previous missions! 🙂

Interested to join?

We are always welcoming new volunteers. Do you like hiking? Do you love our environment? Do you want to make a change? Then join us for one of our next upcoming missions and help us clean our precious environment! Contact us for more info!

Mission 8 – Sungai Congkak | footprintsKL

Sungai Congkak - Mission 8

Sungai Congkak was short and alot!

That’s the theme for our 8th Mission, at Sg. Congkak. Although it’s not a “real” trekking / hiking spot (as it is fairly developed by Tourism Selangor, with tarred road and camping / BBQ spots along the river side) we still spot trash here and there with our eagle eyes! Especially in the river itself, we found a lot of food container, old rusty bbq grills, plastic. Especially plastic. Not good, people.

We ended up with 4 trash bags! Well, that’t a lot considering Sg. Congkak has it’s own “maintenance team”

Moral of the story is, as long as we keep throwing our trash irresponsibly, no amount of maintenance team can help to clean up the place ENTIRELY. Now that’s a vicious cycle.

OK, enough lecturing. Take a moment to watch our short and shaky *we lost our gimbal. Cryyyyyyy* journey!

Also make sure to have a look at our previous missions! 🙂

Interested to join?

We are always welcoming new volunteers. Do you like hiking? Do you love our environment? Do you want to make a change? Then join us for one of our next upcoming missions and help us clean our precious environment! Contact us for more info!

Food Waste – serious problem, so easy to avoid | footprintsKL

food waste

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure

Not-so-fun-fact: Did u know that Malaysians generate around 15,000 tonnes of food waste per day? By the 18th day, you could fill the whole KLCC twin towers with our food waste! *whaaaaatttt?* These are troubling figures to SWCorp, a government agency dealing with solid waste, even by international standards. Globally, one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted amounting to about 1.3 billion tons per year. The following video by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations illustrates the magnitude of the problem.

Food waste increases by up to 50% during festive seasons

Unfortunately, food waste can increase by up to 50 per cent during the festive periods. According to Hayati Ismail, director of the Food Aid Foundation in Malaysia, the number one source of food waste during Ramadan is domestic waste from private households, second is the pasar malam (night markets) and Ramadan bazaars, third is waste from the food courts, then comes the food and beverage sector.

Everyone can do something about it

But this problem is not really a problem, is it? Just buying and preparing only as much food as is really needed does not require any rocket science or Phd degree…  Now, we found a video with very helpful tips to help us mitigate this issue, slowly yet surely. You can start at your workplace, neighborhood, or even at schools! Check out the video and make sure to be considerate.

For more info, you may visit the Food Aid Foundation, a Malaysian based organization that helps to address this issue. Visit their website or Facebook to support their cause!

Best practice example: Zero Waste Town in Japan | footprintsKL

Zero Waste Town

Big in Japan: you think separating your garbage into 3 categories is hard? Try 34 categories! Yup, people from a small town in Japan take their recycling game to a whole new level. 80% of their garbage is recycled and they are aiming to reach 100% by 2020. Kudos for that!👏 Welcome to Zero Waste Town!

What can you do to achieve your own Zero Waste Town?

Easy! Let’s just start small and start recycling wherever possible. 😉
Here are some basic tips to start saving mother nature:

1) Bring your own paper bag/groceries bag when you go for groceries. For us, we brought the huge blue Ikea bag to stack on all our groceries in one go. Smart eh?

2) if you are going to buy small items at the petrol station, speedmart, 7-eleven, etc. try not to use any plastic. If it’s still within your hand capacity to hold it, then why don’t just hold it until you reach your car? Or use your handbag.

3) Always keep a spare paper bag in your car, backpack, handbag just in case you need to use it.

Start small, make it a habit and see how it will make a huge difference in the long run!

And while you’re at it, why not join us on one of our upcoming missions? Contact us to get to know more!