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Category: Environment EN

No Plastic and No food waste during 2024 Thaipusam

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) and Penang State Hindu Sangam are urging Thaipusam devotees to refrain from using plastics and not waste food offered to them by NGOs at stalls. Organisations setting up thaneer panthals (refreshment stalls) offering free food and drinks, as well as devotees have been urged to refrain from using plastics or polystyrene containers and cups during...
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A CLOSER LOOK AT THE MURKY WORLD OF THE WASTE TRADE

What is the waste trade? Why and how do countries in the Global North get to dump their waste on the Global South? What happens when it arrives in the recipient country? Why do countries agree to take this waste? What is the Basel Convention and how does it help stop the waste trade? What more can the plastics treaty do to stop waste being shipped to the Global South? How can we at home support...
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SIMPLE ENERGY-SAVING TIPS (Part 4)

Use Natural Lighting Let’s brighten our lives while lightening our environmental load! Embracing natural light is not just about illuminating our spaces; it is a powerful way to save energy, cut costs, and take a stand against climate change. Instead of relying on artificial lighting, consider embracing the brilliance of sunlight flooding in through your windows or doors. Not only does natural...
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Emissions from Israel’s war in Gaza have ‘immense’ effect on climate catastrophe

First months of conflict produced more planet-warming gases than 20 climate-vulnerable nations do in a year, study shows. The climate costs of war and militaries can no longer be ignored. The planet-warming emissions generated during the first two months of the war in Gaza were greater than the annual carbon footprint of more than 20 of the world’s most climate-vulnerable nations, new...
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Average plastic bottle of water contains 240,000 nanoplastics particles, study finds

The average plastic water bottle contains hundreds of thousands of tiny particles of plastic, far more than previously thought, according to new research. A team of US scientists have discovered an average of 240,000 tiny particles - nanoplastics - in every litre of bottled water they tested. Tap water contains an average of 5.5 particles per litre. The nanoplastics found by this study are much...
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No Country Should Be Made a Dumping Ground

As countries negotiate a global #PlasticsTreaty, #BreakFreeFromPlastic changemaker Mageswari Sangaralingam of Consumers Association Penang - CAP & Sahabat Alam Malaysia - SAM stressed the harmful and unjust impacts of waste dumping that not only harms the environment but also human health. She also pointed out that without reducing plastic production globally, waste dumping may continue to be...
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Refuse Single Use Day

We are excited to announce that the Consumers’ Association of Penang is joining GAIA for #RefuseSingleUseDay on January 6! Reusable tumblers and containers for food are more sustainable for everyone! CAP officers bring their own lunch boxes and tumblers every day. We are proud to contribute to global #climateaction and #ZeroWasteOurFuture. #GoForZeroWaste#IZWM2024 #ZeroWasteMonth2024...
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SAVE THE DATE!

January 6 is #RefuseSingleUseDay! Hop on board & let’s start 2024 by: 1. Saying NO to single-use! Bring your reusables and make a statement. 2. Proudly show off your reusables with a selfie and post it on your socials. 3. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #ChooseReuse, #RefuseSingleUse, tag us @ZeroWasteAsia so we can share how many are switching to reuse. Get ready to post it on January...
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SIMPLE ENERGY-SAVING TIPS (Part 3)

How Trees are Cooling In a world where temperatures are rising, trees are our ultimate allies in combating the heat and contributing to a cooler and healthier planet. Trees are not just a beautiful part of the ecosystem, they are natural air conditioners. Planting trees around our homes can create a transformative impact on our surroundings. Cooling Powers: Through a process called...
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