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Don't throw, recycle instead


Woon (right) and Yeoh dropping off some recyclable items in a bin at the Earth Hour sustainability campaign in Lot 10.

Woon (right) and Yeoh dropping off some recyclable items in a bin at the Earth Hour sustainability campaign in Lot 10.

LOT 10 marked Earth Hour on March 25 this year by holding a host of activities that encourage eco-awareness, including recycling old fabrics and hosting a mini exhibition on Earth-friendly mall furniture designs.

Raffles College of Higher Education and sustainable apparel maker Kloth Cares by Kloth Lifestyle joined the mall to make this year’s celebration more colourful.

The college’s interior design students put together a collection of design concepts for mall furniture made fully from recycled materials such as timber, rattan and cotton, while Kloth Cares pledged to recycle items left in recycle bins in the mall into new fabric.

“Moving into a more eco-friendly environment and inspiring people towards protecting the earth and promoting environmental conservation is the main objective of this campaign,” said YTL Land and Development and YTL Hotels and Properties vice-president Joseph Yeoh.

Lot 10 placed three recycle bins on the ground, second and fifth floor for the public to drop off pre-loved items such as clothes, handbags, belts, linen and soft toys.

The items collected will either be recirculated or recycled into something new, including fabric to be made into clothes.

The clothes will be distributed to the poor as well as sold at an affordable price.

Proceeds from this will be channelled to the National Cancer Council (Makna), Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) and Recycle Community Malaysia Lestari (RCOMM Lestari).

During the ceremony to kick off the initiative, GreenTech Malaysia Alliances chief executive officer Woon Foo Wen and YTL’s Yeoh brought their old belongings to place in the recycle bins.

“I bought this teddy bear for my daughter during a trip overseas,” said Yeoh.

Hughes (left) and Yeoh cycling away to charge their smartphone battery.
Hughes (left) and Yeoh cycling away to charge their smartphone battery.

“She has outgrown it and I'm sure this teddy will bring joy to its next owner,” said Woon as he placed the toy in a recycling bin.

Life Line (Kloth Cares) clothing wholesale export and environmental manager Chris Hughes said the company aimed to reduce pollution and waste headed for landfills by reducing the use of new resources in the manufacture of new clothes.

“Based on my experience, I would say 99.5% items can be recycled,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Green Furniture Design Exhibition, which showcased the students’ concepts, sketches and final visuals, ended on March 29.

Lot 10 is compiling votes from shoppers for their favourites via the Cheerleader’s Counter at the mall or the Lot 10 Facebook page by April 2.

The top three designs will be fabricated, and the furniture pieces will be placed in the mall.

As a fun piece of exercise in green power, Lot 10 also came up with bicycle-powered chargers for mobile devices. Just hook up your smartphone or tablet via USB ports to one of these stationary bikes and pedal away.

It’s a great way to charge your gadgets and burn some calories too.

   

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