Community around Sungai Bunus Gets First Cycling & Jogging Track in Malaysia using Dow’s ECOGROUND™, An Award-winning Water-based Binder Technology

Written by Paul Fong,

On behalf of Dow and EcoKnights

It was a meaningful way to spend a beautiful Saturday morning with the community, friends and colleagues; as more than 200 of Dow employees joined the Bunus Fun Walk for River (BFW4R) 2019 at Sungai Bunus near Taman Titiwangsa.

BFW4R 2019 was originally scheduled on 28 September but was postponed to 19 October due to the haze condition caused by bush/plantation fires in a neighboring country. Coincidentally, to raise public awareness on human’s impact to the environment, we planted 50 fruit trees as part of our environmental effort at BFW4R. It is a known fact that every mature tree can help to reduce 21.8 kg of CO2 equivalent per annum, and with 50 trees, we would be able to help and reduce carbon footprint by more than one metric tonne of C02 equivalent per annum.
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Picture above: A total of 252 participants joined the fun walk as part of its fundraising effort to develop a jogging cum cycling track alongside the Bunus river.

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Pictures above: Dow employees planted 50 fruit trees alongside the Bunus River to reduce carbon footprint and generate cleaner air and a better environment.

Through this walk, we successfully raised funds to build a landmark project – the first cycling and jogging track in Malaysia to be built using Dow’s water-based binder technology ECOGROUND™. This technology replaces the conventional solvent-based binder with a safer option. This low VOC (volatile organic compound) technology won the prestigious global R&D 100 award a few years ago. It has good durability, is vibrant and exhibits long-lasting color aesthetics.
Through this engagement, we also aim to start a meaningful conversation on the importance of a proper waste management and the importance of a low-VOC environment. To ensure biodiversity preservation, this project has planted fruit trees to attract birds to the park. Our vision is to transform the park into a clean and beautiful habitat so that all of us, especially the neighboring community, can visit the park for leisure, do outdoor activities, exercise and stay healthy together. 

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Pictures above: Some of the Dow employees cheered and took a group photo after successfully raised funds and completed the fun walk.

Since the fundraising started in early September, we have successfully raised RM 106,000, which is sufficient to build a stretch of 0.8 kilometers, or an area roughly 2,000 square meters of the water-based cycling and running track loop, close to Pulapol. We want to acknowledge and thank the following donors for their generous support:

Dow Malaysia  RM 57,000
Infinity Logistics and Transport     RM 10,000
Encik Wong Kim Loong RM 10,000
Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa & Industri RM 5,000
Finn Chemical RM 5,000
Sunway Ausmat RM 5,000
Dow Malaysia employees RM 4,000
Colt Chemical RM 3,000
WWRC Malaysia RM 3,000
Excel Specialty RM 1,000
Perlaburan Hartanah Berhad RM 1,000
Encik Chia Weng Lock RM 1,000

We also would like to express our greatest appreciation to DBKL, LA21 and Jawatan Kuasa Komuniti Sungai Bunus for their steadfast support for this year’s project.

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