Staying Eco-friendly During The MCO

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Since day one of the Movement Control Order (MCO), the daily routines of many have been drastically affected, with many having to work from home or having gone through a change in working hours due to the restrictions. Eventually, this will not only bring up the energy bills, but also leave various environmental impacts on our earth.

On the bright side, being confined to our homes has allowed the Earth to heal itself. But we can do so much more! Here are some suggestions on what you can do at home to help Mother Earth, throughout the MCO period and beyond.

1. Conserve Water

Malaysians consume an average of 201 litres of water per person per day, which is equivalent to 134 bottles (1.5-litre capacity each) per person. Water consumption among Malaysians is indeed high. Saving water means doing more with less water, and using only the amount you need. Don’t wait till there is a water cut to figure out how to save water.

Conserving water is one of the steps you can take for a more sustainable future. You can do it by turning off the tap when you are brushing your teeth or cleaning the dishes. You can also do your part in staying eco-friendly by taking shorter showers. Switching the shower heads to a low flow showerhead will also help cut down your monthly bills. This time is also the perfect chance for you to fix all the leaky pipes in your house. Let’s put those skills learnt during Kemahiran Hidup to good use.

2. Make Your Own Cleaning Products

Other than constantly washing your hands, it is also extremely vital to keep your home clean, especially frequently touched areas, such as doorknobs, switches, fridge doors and digital devices. The common cleaning products and disinfectants, however, contain harmful chemicals such as phosphate in dishwasher, and when washed down the drain, it doesn’t simply vanish, but pollute the environment. Not only that, these chemicals may affect the health of you and your family.

You can prevent this by trying something more natural instead – creating your own cleaning products. From air fresheners to metal cleaners and polishes, there are hundreds of recipes to follow online. These ingredients usually consist of vinegar, baking soda, soap, and water, but other ingredients are useful for specific jobs. One of the easiest solutions to prepare is a fridge-cleaning solution.

The fridge is undoubtedly an important part of your home, as it keeps food fresh longer. To keep the fridge clean, you’ll only need two cups of hot water and one cup of white vinegar for this. Combine the two ingredients in a bucket or a spray bottle, and you are ready to clean the inside of your refrigerator.

3. Reuse and Recycle

After being at home for such a long time, there may be a pile of empty cans sitting at the corner of the kitchen, or even a stash of empty potato chips packages just waiting to be thrown out.

It’s time to clean. To start, get rid of general waste and expired items, such as medicine, make-up products and spices. Next, separate and organise the recyclable and reusable items into various categories, such as paper, plastic, and aluminium. After the MCO, you can send it to the recycle centres.

Other than recycling it, there are many creative ways to reuse these recyclable items, such as making your own decorations with used papers and aluminium cans. This could also be a fun and engaging art project for you and your kids to bond over!

4. Start an Edible Garden

Growing your own food may be one of the most powerful steps you can take for the health of yourself, your family, and our planet. You can kickstart a family project by growing vegetables from celery, potato, tomato or onion leftovers. If you’re planting your first edible garden, it’s best to start small.

No matter what you are going to plant — herbs or vegetables — the first thing to do is to pick the perfect spot to do it. There are three basic requirements for your vegetable garden to become a success, particularly the right amount of sunlight, sufficient water supply and suitable soil. There you go, you are now ready to grow your own edible garden!

5. Power Down Your Electronics

Last but not least, there are several steps you can take to minimize the energy used by the electronics in your home. The simplest way is to unplug your electronic appliances when they are not in use. When possible, use natural light by drawing the curtains and letting the sun shine through, instead of switching on the lights during the day.

In addition, there is a way to reduce energy consumption at night too. We all know that the weather can become unbearably hot at night, and that’s when we turn on our trust air-conditioners. But instead of leaving them on the entire night, utilise the timer function to have the unit turn off in the wee hours of the morning when you’d be sound asleep. Not only will this soften the blow to your electric bill, but it’s also good for the environment!

While it is going to take some major changes on a global scale to have a significant impact on the environment, it is often the smaller changes we carry out to make it happen. For more useful tips and information on our products and services, visit PROTON at

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