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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!


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