Meet the neigh­bours

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We meet zero-waste cham­pion Claire Sancelot and her three lovely daugh­ters

NAWAF RAH­MAN caught up with Claire Sancelot, who cham­pi­ons a zero waste life­style and is the founder of The Hive Bulk Foods – pur­veyor of eth­i­cally sourced or­ganic goods like veg­eta­bles straight from the farm, grains, seeds and basic toi­letries. She was joined by her three pre­co­cious daugh­ters – Lu­cie (aged six) and twins Char­lotte and Em­i­lie (aged four) at their lovely home. Here’s an ex­cerpt of our con­ver­sa­tion.

You’re mar­ried to a Malaysian. Are your kids bilin­gual?

Claire Yes, they can speak English and French. At home, I speak French and my hus­band speaks English, while my moth­erin-law speaks Tamil and Malay.

And you’ve lived in other coun­tries be­fore. What do you like most about Malaysia?

CL It’s a great place to re­lax, we love the rain­forests, the weather… Lu­cie, Char­lotte & Em­i­lie …and the food! E Char kuey teow is the best!

Where was the last place you went on hol­i­day as a fam­ily?

CL Sin­ga­pore for Christ­mas, and be­fore that Langkawi in Septem­ber.

Can you de­scribe each daugh­ter’s per­son­al­ity?

CL Lu­cie has a lot of imag­i­na­tion, and she loves Merida [a char­ac­ter in Dis­ney’s an­i­ma­tion film ‘Brave’] so much. Em­i­lie is scared of noth­ing – she’s a crime-fighter – and Char­lotte is com­i­cal.

Hi Lu­cie, how do you spell your sis­ters’ names?

L That one is Em­i­lie. E-M-I-L-I-E. That one is... I can’t spell her name [Char­lotte] be­cause her name is too long.

What would you like to be when you grow up?

L I want to be teacher. CH A bal­le­rina. But I can’t dance. E I want to be a space teacher. [ Gig­gles] No, I lied. I want to be a doc­tor.

Your mum told me that you guys don’t like the zoo. Why?

L The animals are in a cage. CH I don’t like dol­phin shows… poor them! CL Tell them why you don’t like to use plas­tic L No plas­tic, be­cause if there’s plas­tic in the wa­ter the tur­tles and dol­phins will die.

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