Kermit had it right. It sure isn’t easy being green, and as mankind would come to realise, it isn’t easy going green, neither. To commit to the cause is to understand that difficult and inconvenient choices lie ahead. Sustainability is just that – a long-term commitment that extends beyond the occasional recycling endeavour. It’s a way of life, worked into every facet of living and being.
It was on a trip to Sydney last year that I fully began to appreciate the art of living green. I was fortunate to have spent my time Down Under with a friend and her family, who were the precise embodiment of sustainability. Toyogo boxes for recyclables sat beneath the kitchen counter, and a small steel bin awaited various compostable odds and ends. Once full, it would be tipped into a larger, rotatable compost bin out in the yard. Its contents would eventually be put to good use for the garden, a thriving eden of edibles and pretty plants.
The whole set up was simplistic, but effective. And unsurprisingly, upon my return to Malaysia, I was surprised to find no compost bin in my kitchen – no dedicated recycling bin underneath my kitchen sink. A jarring difference indeed, and one that has since prompted me to do, and be better. Yet living green is so much more than recycling and composting – there are many other ways to do so, and they are highlighted in our article on page 60. And if you’re looking to replace your furnishings, check out our article on page 44 for things to look out for before making your purchase.
April is also the month of artists, with World Art Day happening on the 15th. To celebrate this, and to honour local artists, we’ve put together a story; check it out on page 52!
As always, we’ve got a collection of homes to inspire your coming home revamps. We hope you enjoy them!
Have a great April ahead and Happy Earth Day!
EMMELYN CINDY MAH EDITOR