From emanating methane gas to other toxic substances, studies have proven that improper waste disposal is a threat to the environment. Sadly, Malaysians are huge contributors to this problem, producing over 30,000 tons of waste every day!
However, more and more Malaysians are becoming aware of the importance of going green and adopting a Zero Waste lifestyle.
Here are 4 local stores that are saving the environment by encouraging fellow Malaysians to embrace sustainable living.
1. Nude, The Zero Waste Store
Located within the residential area of Section 19, Petaling Jaya, NUDE offers customers a wide range of products that are endlessly reusable. Here customers can look forward to purchasing eco-friendly items from edible goods to home and personal care products.
According to The Star, co-founder of NUDE, Cheryl Low was inspired to set up NUDE after watching a tragic clip of divers removing straws from a sea turtle – “as a scuba diver, seeing those images impacted me so much. I went on a frenzy of fact-finding and reading up on how such a thing could happen.”
“I found out that it’s not just plastic straws that are killing off marine life. There are larger things at play here and we need to stop that as much as possible,” she added.
Together with her husband, Cheryl founded NUDE in 2018 to create a more eco-friendly society.
Location: 11A, Jalan 19/29, Seksyen 19, Petaling Jaya.
Operating Hours: 11 am – 7 pm.
2. The Hive Bulk Foods
Dubbed as one of the pioneers of zero waste concept stores in Malaysia, this outlet stocks over 300 bulk whole foods and various environmentally-friendly products. Many locals seem to have resonated with its five R goals (refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot). From a single shop back in 2016, the concept store has opened 5 outlets as a commitment to inspire Malaysians to adopt sustainable practices.
The Hive also sources products from local farmers, social enterprises, disabled individual and refugees as a way of giving back to the community.
Location: Lorong Maarof, Bangsar Park/Bangunan Hock Choon, Ampang/Intermark Mall, Ampang/SS2, Petaling Jaya/Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, TTDI.
Operating Hours: 9 am – 7 pm.
3. A Bit Less Bulk Store
With a mission to reduce the usage of plastic packaging, A Bit Less is an ideal venue to hunt for zero waste items like bamboo toothbrushes and handmade straws.
In addition, customers can look forward to refilling their shampoo bottles and purchasing kitchen staples and even some vegetables. Other items include recyclable carrier bags, lunch boxes and silicon bags and bowls.
What’s more, A Bit Less conducts regular cooking classes for holistic living and workshops on making your own beauty products from natural ingredients!
Location: 20, Jalan Ambong 4, Kepong Baru, 52100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Operating Hours: 11 am- 7 pm.
4. Frangipani Bulk
Don’t feel like going out to shop? No worries, Frangipani’s got your back!
Initially operating only online, Frangipani Bulk boasts a variety of self-care products. From organic toothpaste to personal hygiene products, the store was created to satisfy the demands of its female-focused market.
The idea for Frangipani first came to founder Malika Bouqniss after she experienced difficulties looking for zero-waste products that would suit her lifestyle. Regardless, she was determined to maintain her home as an eco-friendly place. In no time, Frangipani Bulk quickly turned into a famous spot for those interested in leading a cleaner and greener lifestyle. Today, the zero-waste business has opened a physical store at one of the trendiest malls in Kuala Lumpur – LINC Mall.
Location: 15, The Linc KL – Lot 1, 360, Jalan Tun Razak.
Operating Hours: 10 am – 10 pm.
*Featured image sourced from spravedlivost.su