A pocket park in downtown Kuala Lumpur.
The pocket park phenomenon has been slow to catch on in Malaysia, if it is catching on at all. However, DBKL has already begun work on a few pocket park projects in Kuala Lumpur while more areas have been identified to be turned into these small nature recluses in the the city.
It has been noted that these pocket parks not only beautify the city’s landscape but also serve to control the levels of carbon dioxide and pollution in the urban area. One such pocket park that has emerged is Kuala Hijau, a creative expression via nature in conjunction with Urbanscapes by the Biji-Biji Initiative in collaboration with DBKL.
Here’s a quick Q&A to understand Kuala Hijau better.
What is the theme behind Kuala Hijau?
Kuala Hijau is a space activation that offers an alternative for pedestrians to experience, immerse in, and reimagine KL as an intersection where the city, its users, and nature can coexist.
What does it comprise?
Kuala Hijau consists of a 3 part space activation. There is an archway that aims to draw people in to a preliminary space where there are pop-up plants and flexible stools for people to use. Towards the end of the journey, pedestrians will find themselves in an oasis with vertical gardens and a viewing dec.
It’s a stone’s throw away from Urbanscapes House so best to start your way from there!
2, Jalan Hang Kasturi,
50050, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
How about for the long run? What small part could you play to safeguard the environment? Recently the Malaysian government declared that by 2020 plastic straws will be banned in the country. Although it may still appear to be far away, it’s best to start upholding the practice from now for easier transaction when the time comes. As far as alternatives to plastic straws go, the options available now are either steel straws or paper straws.
According to Ekostrawz, Malaysia’s distributor of biodegradable paper straws, “it is estimated Malaysian throw away 31 million plastic straws every day.” That easily translates to 11 billion straws per year that end up in our oceans polluting the environment and killing marine life.
The founder of Ekostrawz, Rengaraj Thanasegaran says: “Ekostrawz is made with food grade kraft paper with edible ink approved by the FDA. Ekostrawz biodegrades in less than a month so there is no accumulation of non-biodegradable waste in the environment.”
Ekostrawz also believes that their paper straws should only be given upon request. Restaurants, cafés, hotels, hospitals, and other service industries should be more proactive in inculcating this habit amongst citizens for our own benefit.
Ekostrawz’s paper straws are available in different sizes and designs of paper, and are individually wrapped to prevent contamination as the paper straws are porous and easily absorbs moisture and oil from handling. Ekostrawz are also durable as they can last in a drink for between 2 to 4 hours!
More information about Ekostrawz can be found here: www.ekostrawz.com.
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