Sec­ond chance for used items

> Pre-loved store opens to pro­mote ‘5Rs’ for en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY ADRIAN PHUNG

KUALA LUMPUR: A first-of-its-kind preloved store has opened its doors at the pop­u­lar shop­ping mall Ber­jaya Times Square for the pur­pose of up­hold­ing the spirit of ex­tend­ing the life­span of resources.

Store co-owner and part of the Tzu Chi KL and Se­lan­gor’s En­trepreneurs Group Puan Sri Tong Siew Bee said the idea of the store – 5R Eco – came about fol­low­ing the call of Master Cheng Yen from the Tzu Chi Foun­da­tion who urged ev­ery­one to “do re­cy­cling with the hands that clap”.

“This is why the store is set up to pro­mote the 5Rs of en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion – refuse, re­duce, re­use, re­pair and re­cy­cle – to ex­tend the life­span of resources.

“All the items for sale in­clud­ing cloth­ing, hand­bags, shoes and ap­par­els, are gen­er­ously donated by the public and artistes, and all prof­its gained will be chan­nelled to char­i­ties,” Tong said af­ter the of­fi­cial launch of the store yes­ter­day.

Tong added that the public can do­nate items they no longer need to the store and if the donated items are found un­suit­able, they will pass them to other or­gan­i­sa­tions which can put them to good use.

In­spired by the same call­ing, Ber­jaya Cor­po­ra­tion founder Tan Sri Vin­cent Tan de­cided to show his sup­port to­wards the estab­lish­ment by sub­si­dis­ing the rental of the store.

“When Tzu Chi ap­proached me with this 5Rs idea few months back, I told them on the spot it’s a good idea and I would sup­port them whole­heart­edly by of­fer­ing a strate­gi­cally-lo­cated store so that they could raise some funds.

“This is in­deed a good ini­tia­tive be­cause it even­tu­ally al­lows those from the mid­dle in­come group the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase some high-end items with­out hav­ing to burn a hole in their wal­let,” Tan said.

He added that if there are other or­gan­i­sa­tions which plan to open a store sim­i­lar to 5R Eco in Ber­jaya Times Square, they can ap­proach him as he would con­sider as­sist­ing them.

SHAHRILL BASRI/ THESUN

Tan (sec­ond left) and Tong (sec­ond right) chat­ting with some of the guests and mem­bers of the Tzu Chi KL and Se­lan­gor’s En­trepreneurs Group dur­ing the shop’s launch.

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