Actress walks the green talk at bazaar

ACTRESS Maya Karin makes a conscious effort to keep food containers in her car to pack leftover food when she dines out or if there is excess food at events.

“I have a stack of containers in the car that are kept handy in case I need to pack excess food,” she said.

“If I know I am going to take away food or going to a Ramadan bazaar, I will ensure that I bring some food containers with me.”

Maya said she practices this habit not just for environmental reasons but also for personal health.

“I don’t like hot food or hot drinks in plastic bags, as the high heat could melt chemicals from the plastic and seep into the food,” she said.

On the lemang periuk kera (pitcher plant lemang) trend, Maya urged traders to stop selling the delicacy during Hari Raya.

“The pitcher plant serves an important function in the ecosystem, but it could become endangered due to this trend.

“The forest holds so many wonderful treasures – animals, plants and things with medicinal value.

“It is not right to contribute to the destruction of the forest by looking for and using pitcher plants just because they make a dish look different,” she said, suggesting that fake pitcher plants be produced to make the glutinous rice dish presentable yet not harm the environment.

Maya said this after distributing reusable bags and food containers to visitors at the Jalan Raja Alang, Kampung Baru Ramadan bazaar.

The River of Life (ROL) ambassador made the appearance to encourage the public to reduce the usage of single-use plastic products and support the Green Ramadan Campaign by environmental organisation EcoKnights in partnership with the ROL Public Outreach Programme: Phase 3A.

“It’s always very heartbreaking to see so many plastic bags at Ramadan bazaars,” Maya said.

“I can’t understand why it’s so difficult for people to make it a habit to bring their own containers and bags to pack and carry their food.

“I hope people see will see the benefits and practice the habit in the years to come, so our city’s drains will be less clogged and there are fewer plastic bags left lying around.”

The two-week Green Ramadan Campaign aimed to encourage Ramadan bazaar visitors and vendors to reduce single-use plastics and practice proper management of recycled cooking oil.

The campaign’s two components – CookingOil4Cleaning and Beg2Bekas – targeted the top two contributors of river pollution, namely food waste and plastic rubbish.

The ROL is a river restoration project with three key components – the cleaning, beautification and rejuvenation of rivers in the heart of greater Kuala Lumpur, and commercialisation and tourism to maximise the social and economic potential of waterfronts.

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