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Author: Lai Cheng

50 WAYS TO CHILL

Taking breaks helps you maintain your mental and physical health – and to cope better with the ebbs and flows of life. Here are 50 good ways to spend your time and be rejuvenated in body and mind. (Illustration via @LEAD_Coalition)  
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THE WEIGHT OF THE GLASS (A wisdom story)

A psychology professor walked around on a stage while teaching stress management principles to an auditorium filled with students. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the typical “glass half empty or glass half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, the professor asked, “How heavy is this glass of water I’m holding?” Students shouted out...
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PUT OVERRIPE BANANAS TO GOOD USE

Recycle overripe bananas by hanging them up in your garden. Here are the benefits of doing this. 1. Attracts Beneficial Insects. The sweet aroma of overripe bananas attracts butterflies, bees and ladybugs. 2. Nutrient-Rich Compost. After attracting insects, the banana can be added to your compost pile for nutrient-rich soil. 3. Natural Fertiliser. As the banana decomposes, it releases nutrients...
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CAP Calls for Careful Consideration of Solar Energy Adoption in Malaysia

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the Malaysian government to consider all aspects of solar energy adoption carefully. In our recent memorandum submitted to relevant agencies on 23 May 2024, we have outlined the benefits, challenges, and key recommendations for the energy transition toward solar power. Our objective is to ensure that informed decisions are made, prioritizing...
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Textile and Tyre Industries Contributing to Microplastics Crisis

The textile and tyre industries are among the major contributors of microplastics to the environment, says an academic. Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Applied Microbiology Professor Dr K. Sudesh Kumar said most of our clothes contain polyester, which is a type of plastic. “Every time we wash our clothes, large quantities of microfibres are released from the clothes. These microfibres then break...
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Microplastics Stay in the Body and Are Harmful

Microplastics that are consumed, mostly through seafood, stay in the body and could negatively affect human health, say environmental experts. Environment and waste management expert Dr Theng Lee Chong said scientists have found that the interaction of microplastics in human bodies mostly through ingestion and inhalation can produce various kinds of toxicity, depending on the types of...
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Malaysians Eat the Most Microplastics Out of 109 Countries

Malaysia ranks the highest among 109 countries in consuming microplastics, which are plastic particles smaller than 5 mm, a recent study found. The study, published in the Environmental Science and Technology journal, found that Malaysians eat an average of 502.3 mg of microplastics daily per capita. The report noted that more than 50% of Malaysia’s microplastic consumption was from fish...
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“LEAD-FREE” PAINTS WITH HIGH LEVELS OF LEAD

Consumers, beware. “Lead-free” paints can still contain lead, warns Philippines toxics watchdog group Ecowaste Coalition in a recent press release. In its latest tests, the group detected illegal levels of lead on 7 colours of an imported spray paint brand despite the "no Pb" icon on the can (Pb is the symbol for lead from the Latin word, plumbum). The implicated products were new “made in...
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Address Solar Panel Waste Management and Promote Energy Saving

In conjunction with World Environment Day on June 5, 2024, it is time for us to reflect on our role in safeguarding our planet. This year, the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) highlights the growing importance of managing solar panel waste and adopting energy saving practices. The adoption of solar energy is a positive step towards reducing reliance on fossil fuels and combating climate...
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FRUITS HAVE PROTEIN TOO

Mention fruit and we think of health-giving antioxidants and fibre. But do you know: fruits have protein too. Although not commonly consumed for their protein content – they provide less protein than vegetables, beans, nuts, and other high protein foods; hence they don't fall under the category of high-protein foods – fruits can add additional protein to your diet, every little bit counts....
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