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Buy products that are locally produced and sourced
Do not buy souvenirs made out of corals or sea shells
Take time to educate yourself about the local customs
Choose a hotel or resort that makes the effort to reduce their impact on the environment
Minimise your electricity consumption, e.g. turn off your air conditioning when not in the room
Minimise your water usage
Help to reduce plastic waste by re-using drinking water bottles
Use biodegradable products whenever possible
Minimise waste by recycling
If hiring the services of a guide, try to ensure that they have professional certification
What can we do when visiting the islands or reefs?
Do not collect any sea shells or dead corals on the beach; they provide shelter to small animals and produce sand over a long period of time
Do not touch corals. Corals are fragile animals that die and break easily under pressure
Do not wear fins in shallow areas or stand on corals with them. It takes many years for corals to grow back once they are broken
Dispose your trash in the nearest bin. Do not litter into the sea. It can kill marine life!
Do not feed the marine animals as it will disrupt their feeding habits and behaviour
What can we do at home?
Reduce, reuse and recycle
Turn off your electrical appliances at the wall. Leaving them on standby with the little red light on still uses up electricity
Turn off lights when not in use
When buying products, look out for their efficiency grade and rating
Try to avoid using your vehicle too often, use public transport. If you really have to drive, try car pooling with your friends or colleagues
Avoid using household cleaning products containing harmful chemicals. This will get washed down the drain and eventually end up in the sea. You can buy eco-friendly products or better yet, make your own out of natural substances like vinegar and lemon juice
Buy locally produced food and drinks. This reduces the carbon footprint of your diet
Eat organic food. Organic food is grown without insecticides and pesticides. Also it is good for your health!
Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. By doing this, you can save 5-10 litres of water a day
It rains almost half the year in Malaysia. So why not collect it and reuse it to water your garden instead
Start a compost bin at home. This will reduce the amount of trash you throw out every day and it will become fertile soil which you can then use
Recycle your paper. Paper which still has a clean side can be reused or made into a notepad. If you have to buy paper, buy recycled paper
Give away your unwanted clothes to charity. There's someone out there who will want that t-shirt that you think is too un-cool for you
Bring your own reusable bags when you go shopping
Most importantly, don't be shy to be an advocate of green living!