Mission 10 – Bukit Batu Putih | footprintsKL

Bukit Batu Putih – Mission 10

Finally, our 10th mission video is ready and it has been long overdue! Bukit Batu Putih is awesome and maybe even our favorite hiking spot so far!

We collected almost 5 full bags of trash in this mission! *gasp* We did not expect a hidden gem like this could be so trashed. like reaaaally trashed. It’s heartwrenching to see 🙁

This place is perfect for camping and hiking, but if we keep trashing it like this, it’ll only be another dump site.

We all can make a difference. Be the change. Make it a thing, make it a habit. Always, always throw your trash responsibly. No matter how big or how small your trash is. Without further ado, we present you, Bukit Batu Putih.

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 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 7 – Bukit Jugra/ JugraHill | footprintsKL

Bukit Jugra

Mission 7 Bukit Jugra – We’re at it again (this time around with a new tune)!

Bukit Jugra is located in the state of Selangor, a little less than 1 hour from Kuala Lumpur. It’s famous for its beautiful hilltop view, jungle trail and paragliding!

It’s been an adventure for us! We took wrong turns, got lost, trespassed forbidden places (accidentally of course), suffered from a mild heat wave, were attacked by vicious wild mosquitoes, got into a gang fight with a group of monkeys and yet we made it to the peak! The view was breathtaking and it was well worth it!

This time around we collected almost 5 full bags which is too much for such a nice place with amazing view (actually it”s always too much). Oh and we lost our gimbal at the peak as well while fighting with the monkeys that terrorized our trash bags..

We would like to thank all the volunteers once again for the time and energy given!

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 6 – Bukit Saga / Saga Hill | footprintsKL

Mission 6 - Bukit Saga

Mission 6 took us to Bukit Saga. It was a beautiful day and – as always – great team effort (even though only the 4 of us this time). The place is quite easily accessible and not too difficult to master.

We did not have the time to visit the waterfall (which was our initial plan). and only made it to the peak. At the peak you will find a cool outdoor gym and other small activities to drain that last bit of energy left in you. Cool thing: they have free drinking water up there – just what you need after a long hike.

We were happy to see that the place was not as trashed, compared to other spots we visited. Yet, any trash is still too much trash. 

Cause at the end of the day we will leave nothing but footprints!

 

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!

This is how long your trash takes to decompose | footprintsKL

how long your trash takes to decompose

After 4 successful missions, we managed to collect more than 10 full trash bags on Malaysia’s hiking trails. This is equivalent to more than 250l of trash! And there was still work to do…

It leads to the sad realization that people in Malaysia (and many other places on this planet for this matter) simply do not take enough care of the country’s beautiful and precious nature. Many do not seem to know the importance of our environment, the extent to which we are dependent on mother nature and the impact littering has !

Have you ever thought about how long your trash takes to decompose? Well if not, it’s about time!

Out of sight, out of mind

We are under the impression that many still live with an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. As long as the #naturelover#hikingtrip Instagram post looks good, or the front yard at home is clean, everything else doesn’t really matter. But it does! Every tiny bit of trash that we drop in nature or elsewhere has severe effects on the eco system as a whole and will eventually affect us humans as well. And for sure we did not only collect tiny bits of trash, no! Just name anything that comes to your mind right now, and chances are high we found it dumped in the jungle: Plastic bottles, Styrofoam trays, plastic spoons and forks, leaking old batteries, flip-flops, shoes, underwear, cans, diapers (extra yikes), cigarette butts, liquor bottles, phone cases; the list is endless… The following infograph will provide an idea of how much time it takes for your trash to decompose in nature.

After this short clip you probably get an idea of how long your trash takes to decompose. Digest (“decompose”) these straight forward facts for yourself and take a short moment to think whether that little plastic bottle you dropped in the bushes behind you really doesn’t affect you; or your children, or their children, or their children, or their children’s children… Because eventually it will.

Toxins polluting our drinking water

And decomposing is really just one of the issues… Another serious issue is the toxic chemicals and other substances the rain will eventually wash into the soil to contaminate our ground and drinking water (think of diapers…). Don’t let me even start about the natural habitat for animals…

Take your own little trash bags with you

So, when you go hiking or out for a gathering with family and friends, there is really an easy rule (like really easy… reaaaaaaalllyy easy, foolproof basically): “Everything you take into the jungle, or on the mountain, or on the sea, you also take back with you.” (unless there are trash bins, then just throw it there, of course). Easy right?

So, the thing is, you just take a couple of plastic bags with you, collect your trash and throw it at a designated place for trash. Once you know how to do it, you will never forget how to do it (like cycling basically – and cycling is fun!)…

Do it for the greater good

In a nutshell: Be more considerate of your country, its beautiful nature, and the place you leave behind for (your) future generations. Just don’t be a fool, seriously. Think of diaper-infused water… Would you like to drink that after your workout? Would you give your kids battery acid for breakfast? Or feed them little plastic particles for lunch? The effort to help and improve the situation is really close to zero. Help to create a #trashfreenature. Start yesterday!

Mission 5 – Sungai Lepoh Waterfalls | footprintsKL

Sungai Lepoh

Mission 5 – Sungai Lepoh

Our mission in Sungai Lepoh was one of the more challenging ones. It was a steep hike at times and the amount of trash was overwhelming. We collected a total of 4 full bags this time around!

Honestly, we were surprised to see how badly trashed this palce is at points, considering that it is rather remote. It seems people are dumping whole trash bags (household waste) in the middle of the jungle. Moreover, as they do not have any trash bins along the way or at the waterfall, inconsiderate hikers conveniently dispose of their trash along the way.

Hike-wise we had a lot of fun and adventure. Up and down, the journey took us almost 6 hours (including picking trash and some chilling by the falls, of course)! And even though the place still requires some cleaning here and there, we did make visible progress!

First junior member!

And last but not least a big thanks to our volunteers! Once more, we welcomed new recruits including our very first junior member! He’s the only one who was able to jump around the whole trip even (or especially) when the grown-ups were exhausted. Superboy he is!

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 4 – Kanching Waterfalls | footprintsKL

Kanching Waterfalls

On our fourth mission we chose to visit beautiful Kanching Waterfalls. The challenge here was not necessarily only the ignorance of people littering but also the monkeys that scatter the trash all over the place hoping to find food left-overs. We had to go deep into the bushes to pick some of the trash.

Because this place is easily accessible, there was an alarming amount of trash that we collected. 5 full trash bags! And we could’ve collected even more!

It seems that people put a lot of effort to throw their garbage. We suggest to rather use that energy to walk to the nearest bin and throw your trash where it belongs… After all, Kanching Waterfalls is supposed to be a family outing spot surrounded by lush greenery and pretty waterfalls. Unfortunately, however, some spots look more like a dumpster place. It’s a sad sight to see. 🙁

Do you like hiking? Do you love our environment? Do you want to make a change? Join us for one of our next upcoming missions and help us clean our beloved mother nature! Contact us for more info!

Mission 3 – Sungai Chilling Waterfalls | footprintsKL

Sungai Chilling footprintsKL

Our third mission brought us to the beautiful waterfalls of Sungai Chilling. Not only are we improving the art of trash-picking but we are also making progress with the video taking and editing (we received some pro tips of one of our newest helpers).

We were glad to see that Sungai Chilling was not as trashed as expected. Most of the trash we found was on the first few hundred meters. Once we reached the jungle and river there was not that much trash anymore. That’s great!

This doesn’t mean, however, that we did not collect any trash… We still filled 3 bags of trash on our at Sungai Chilling. Just because we expected worst doesn’t mean that this is a good result. Three bags is still way too much! As you can see, our crew grew to six this time! Word spreads and we are happy to welcome all the additional members to the footprintsKL crew!

Mission 2 – Bukit Batu Chondong | footprintsKL

Bukit Batu Chondong

Yeap, it’s finally here. Check out the video of our second Mission at Bukit Batu Chondong. Even though, we didn’t find the place as trashed as Bukit Gasing, we managed to collect quite some “left-behinds” along the way.

It’s been a short fun hike (around 45 minutes including collecting trash). When we finally reached the top, we were rewarded with a beautiful view at the top. And we even made a new “friend” – Thunder the Cat. He did not want to come back with us, though.

If you like this video and our initiative, don’t forget to share, like and spread the love towards nature by joining us for one of our next missions!

 

 

Mission 1 – Bukit Gasing | footprintsKL

Mission 1 Bukit Gasing

It’s official! We have recently launched our Mission 1 of #TrashFreeNature starting with Bukit Gasing. We must say, we did not expect to collect so much trash in our first go – unfortunately we did :(.

But that’s what we’re here for, after all! Cleaning up those beautiful places and more importantly create awareness so others join in the movement!

It’s all fresh and new to us so without further ado, here’s our very first short video of our very first mission (please excuse the quality, we’re getting better).

Don’t forget to share, like and spread the love towards nature by joining us for one of our next missions!

-Peace