The colour of green

Expatriate Lifestyle - - Editor’s Note -

We go green this is­sue and to be hon­est I felt quite guilty af­ter chat­ting to the pro­tag­o­nists in our cover fea­ture! Most of us do sep­a­rate our waste, use re­us­able shop­ping bags and food con­tain­ers but be­yond that, our car­bon foot­print and lack of waste man­age­ment is a scary thing to be­hold. Claire, Matthias and Rubén have turned their pas­sion and in­or­di­nate com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment into their ca­reers and life’s work, so we re­ally sa­lute their ded­i­ca­tion. Sus­tain­abil­ity, zero waste, re­duc­ing emis­sions, fuel ef­fi­ciency – these are all by­words we need to un­der­stand to change our life­styles (even a tiny bit) and make a dif­fer­ence.

We travel nor th to ex­plore Ipoh, the once-sleepy cap­i­tal of Perak and oblig­a­tory stop on the drive up to Pe­nang, now a bona fide must-visit des­ti­na­tion. And, in keep­ing with the green theme, we show­case en­vi­ron­men­tally-sound ac­tiv­i­ties in Pe­nang, which are great for the kids too. If you’ve al­ways wanted to grow your own herbs and veg­eta­bles with vi­sions of charm­ing planter boxes filled with lus­cious greens but every­thing you touch turns to dust, try the in­ge­nious ideas in our Home Har­vest ar­ti­cle. Ur­ban farm­ing is now all about plant car­tridges and cool ver­ti­cal in­door farms, and is ap­par­ently fool­proof!

On a non-green note, our in­trepid writer sac­ri­ficed her tiny frame and tried all kinds of bread to bring you top bak­eries and their de­li­cious of­fer­ings – the type that will en­tice even the hard­est anti-carb pro­po­nent.

As al­ways, feel free to get in touch ei­ther via email ( ed­i­tor@ex­pa­tri­ or through our Face­book page ( face­­pa­tri­atelifestyle). Fol­low us on Twit­ter and In­sta­gram (@el­malaysia) too to see what we’re up to! We’re al­ways open to sugges­tions and hear­ing what our read­ers would like to see in the magazine.

And with that I bid adieu till next month!

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