EK Newsletter - May 2017

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05
2017
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Message From President of EcoKnights,
Yasmin Rasyid.

Yasmin RasyidAs we welcome the month of May and Ramadhan, we are gearing up for a special Green Ramadhan social media campaign as a reminder to all Muslims and non-Muslims on being more responsible towards our food consumption and disposal pattern, and also the need to be conscious about our usage of plastic bags. It's ironic that in the month where Muslims observe moderation is also the month in which the country records the highest amount of discarded food waste. This has to change. And that change starts at home with you.

Good news is that our community recycling facilities in our office is really functioning beyond our expectations. In our collaboration with I-Cycle Global, EcoKnights has recycling facilities for used cooking oil (with GreenYards), solid waste (I-Cycle), mobile phones and mobile phone parts (DiGi and MCMC) and food waste composting (in our backyard). When we first started in 2016, we had to clear the recyclables with our partner at least once in every two months. Now, we are clearing the recyclables weekly. I hope it's not because the community around us is buying more and hence disposal more, I would like to think that the community trusts our system and likes the transparency that comes with it. From January to March 2017, we have recycled close to 580 kg of recyclable items, of which paper, plastics and electronic items are the top three most commonly recycled items in our office. So I highly encourage you to recycle with us, or better, sign up with a trusted recycling program (or create one in your community) so that we can all make a difference today for a better tomorrow.


ECOKNIGHTS SOAP MAKING WORKSHOP WITH KENANGA INVESTMENT BANK

On 20th April 2017, EcoKnights had coordinated another workshop which focused on soap making by reusing used cooking oil with the Kenanga Group. The workshop aimed to educate the employees on the process of soap-making as well as promoting a simple green initiative that they can continue to do at home.

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ECOKNIGHTS SOAP MAKING WORKSHOP WITH KENANGA INVESTMENT BANK

ECOKNIGHTS CELEBRATED RTM’s 71ST ANNIVERSARY AND WORLD EARTH DAY

In conjunction of World Earth Day on 22nd April 2017, EcoKnights was in Ipoh, Perak to celebrate RTM’s 71st Anniversary. The event took place at Taman Eko Rimba Kledang Saiong and it was attended by guests of honour, Duli Yang Maha Mulia Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim, Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Raja Puan Besar Perak Raja Nor Mahani and YAB Datin Seri DiRaja Saripah Zulkifli.

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ECOKNIGHTS CELEBRATED RTM’s 71ST ANNIVERSARY AND WORLD EARTH DAY

ECOKNIGHTS COLLABORATION: L’OREAL SUSTAINABILITY WEEK

On the month of April, EcoKnights have strategically collaborated with L’oreal to coordinate L’oreal Sustainability Week. The aim of this event is to promote a simple sustainable and green living to the employees.

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ECOKNIGHTS COLLABORATION: L’OREAL SUSTAINABILITY WEEK

BURSA MALAYSIA AND ECOKNIGHTS COLLABORATES TO ORGANISE “ECO-CARNIVAL 2017”

The Eco Carnival took place on Friday, 28th April 2017 at the Annexe Foyer, Bursa Malaysia building in Kuala Lumpur. It is Bursa Malaysia’s inaugural event in promoting sustainability-related programs and eco-activities for 2017 in alignment with its Corporate Social Responsibility Framework.

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BURSA MALAYSIA AND ECOKNIGHTS COLLABORATES TO ORGANISE “ECO-CARNIVAL 2017”

ECOKNIGHTS COORDINATED PLANT-A-TREE PROJECT WITH KENANGA

29th April 2017: EcoKnights in collaboration with Kenanga Group had conducted a volunteering program at Sungai Bunus Detention Ponds. Around 50 people of Kenanga Group had volunteered in this programme and it was a family event as they brought their partners and children to join this effort.

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ECOKNIGHTS COORDINATED PLANT-A-TREE PROJECT WITH KENANGA
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MHB KNIGHTS OF NATURE SUSTAINABILITY CAMP 2017 IS BACK!

MHB Knights of Nature Sustainability Camp (KON) 2017 is on and now open for application! MHB KON 2017 is a 4 days and 3 night camp with a goal to enhance knowledge and awareness about Johor's ecological crisis. Interested in being part of KON 2017?

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MHB KNIGHTS OF NATURE SUSTAINABILITY CAMP 2017 IS BACK!

RTM’s PROGRAM “APA KATA WANITA?” IN A SPECIAL EARTH DAY EDITION

EcoKnights Program Director, Fadly Bakhtiar was recently interviewed on RTM's program "Apa Kata Wanita?" in a special Earth Day edition. Watch the full interview.

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RTM’s PROGRAM “APA KATA WANITA?” IN A SPECIAL EARTH DAY EDITION

ECOKNIGHTS’ GREEN RAMADHAN CAMPAIGN – BEG2BEKAS

Ramadhan is upon us and EcoKnights is elated to kick start our Green Ramadhan campaign called Beg2Bekas or “B2B”. For this year’s Ramadhan, EcoKnights hopes to raise ecological consciousness as well as empower Malaysians to adopt and embrace the sustainability lifestyle by saying NO to plastic.

The Holy month of Ramadhan is a great point of time to increase your deed and well-being – physically, mentally and spiritually. This year our Ramadhan Campaign revolves around three key messages which are Moderation, Compassion and Unity. Take this small step with us; When you’re at the Bazaar Ramadhan, remember to bring your own Beg (shopping bag) and Bekas (food container) and say no to plastic! This small act of change goes a long way so let’s take care of the environment for a healthier Planet.

ECOKNIGHTS’ GREEN RAMADHAN CAMPAIGN – BEG2BEKAS

ECOKNIGHTS JOINED BOTTLED HOPE TRAIL RUN 2017 & LED TREE PLANTING ACTIVITY AT CAMERON HIGHLANDS

On 30th April, 2017 (Sunday), EcoKnights partnered with Pernod Ricard Malaysia (PRM) in the Pernod Ricard Responsib’ALL Day. The event consisted of two major agenda which were Bottled Hope Trail Run 2017 and a tree-planting session held at Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands.

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ECOKNIGHTS JOINED BOTTLED HOPE TRAIL RUN 2017 & LED TREE PLANTING ACTIVITY AT CAMERON HIGHLANDS

FIND OUT WHAT OUR PREVIOUS INTERN, MALATHI SANGARAN HAS TO SAY ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE AT ECOKNIGHTS!

In order to fulfill my sixth semester’s university requirement, I chose EcoKnights as the place for my internship. To be honest, I really don’t know what to expect when I accepted this offer. My experience at EcoKnights has been fun and interesting as I am truly honoured to be a part of the EcoKnights family.

Mok (left), Fara (centre) and I during one of EcoKnights’ program meeting

Within the first month of interning at EcoKnights, I would say that I have learned so much and had such a good time with the staff and other interns. Mr. Fadly (Programme Director of EcoKnights) was very committed in making sure that I gained all of the necessary skills in order for me to work efficiently and accordingly. I had the opportunity to learn directly from Mr. Fadly and Ms. Yasmin (President of EcoKnights) and sought their advice whenever I needed help. They gave me plenty of opportunity for me to try and experience new things. For example, even though I’m not from the Communication background, I’m given the opportunity to write articles for our monthly newsletter. From this, I am able to polish my writing and communication skills.

Moreover, one thing that I will keep close to my heart from this internship is the fact that they never treat me like an intern. I was encouraged by everyone to think and act like one of the staff. They guided me so I am always on the right track and gave me chance to make decisions for all of the project that I am in charge of. EcoKnights trusted me in project planning and I was more than happy to be able to execute them throughout my internship here. The projects that I had handled have helped me to develop great skills in effective project management. The team is all greatly supportive and helpful as they always jump in to help whenever one person is in need of help. I’m grateful to say that I’ve gained some incredible mentors throughout this process.

Another thing that I love about EcoKnights is its work culture that is always fun and interactive. It balances the heavy work that we have to do most of the time. There will be always something that cheer up my day, for instance, the Funky Lunch. The Funky lunch is the time where all of the staff gather to listen to one of the Knights’ presentation on any topic of their liking. For me, it was a great time as everyone got to unwind and have a break from office work.

Last but not least, my internship at EcoKnights has given me comprehensive knowledge of the event industry, and has given me the confidence and experience necessary for me to enter the management industry. Thank you EcoKnights for all of the amazing memories!


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EcoKnights is a not-for-profit environmental organization registered with the Registrar of Societies Malaysia. EcoKnights' core focus areas are in environmental education and awareness using innovative and creative platforms. More information about EcoKnights can be obtained from www.ecoknights.org.my.
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