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What’s holding you? What’s stopping you? Captain Planet to the rescue!

Jog down to a path of Memory Lane…..

Do you remember this cartoon? I love this Cartoon. I remember their tagline goes like this:

“Earth!- Fire!- Wind!- Water!- Heart!
By your powers combine, I am CAPTAIN PLANET!”

This cartoon should be aired again in our national tv station because it teaches a good values in protecting our environment to youngsters. Definitely, i would watch it again if it is on air again.

Okay, the reason I’m up this topic in my chat this time, apart from sharing the upcoming World Environment Day that is going to be celebrated this Friday, 5th of June, 09, also some wake-up call for you.

Be proud if you are a Nursing Mother, either fully or partially. Be proud if you used to nurse your baby. Be proud if you are 100% supporter of Breastfeeding regardless any circumstances, you still believe Breastmilk is the Best! Be proud also if you have decided that you will nurse your baby when the time has come.

Nursing moms, let it known to you that your deeds have contribute a Great ‘Deal’ to the Mother Earth as you have decrease 1 number of act that is destroying Our Mother Earth. Do you know that production of infant formula involves a lot of work and energy? Can you imagine how many cows are needed to make this much cow’s milk?

Each cow eats a lot of grass. To produce enough grass for the cows, millions of acres of land are required. In the search for land to feed the cows, forests are cut and forests are burnt. The fires destroy the soil and plants, and the animals lose their home. In making infant formula, enormous amount of energy is wasted. In packaging infant formula, paper, plastic and metals create more waste. In transporting infant formula, millions of gallons of fuel are consumed. The whole process means that dirt, smoke and other pollutants are expelled into the air.

Breastmilk goes directly from mother to baby. There is no need for fuel, packaging and transportation. Breastmilk is best for babies and breastfeeding protects our environment.

Now, do you cloth diaper your baby? Cheer yourself for you have taken another step to protect our Mother Earth. Here’s some points to ponder:

  • Every child adds about 6500 disposable diapers to our landfills.
  • Disposable diapers have little to no recycling potential and the long term effects of them on the environment remain unknown. It can take up to 500 years to decompose.
  • One baby can produce up to 2 tons of landfill waste using disposable diapers.
  • Harsh bleaches and cleaning agents used at diaper services can cause damage to the environment.
  • Serious threat of contamination from disposable diapers because of human sewage going into landfills.
  • Disposal of human waste in residential garbage is technically prohibited and instructions on disposable diaper packaging recommend that you shake out any fecal matter into the toilet before disposing of it.
  • Viruses found in feces can pose a threat to our water supplies and wildlife.
  • Each baby in disposable diapers consumes 4.5 trees (Based on only 2 years in diapers)

Not scary enough? This is a wake-up call for you to act. A small gesture would go all the way…

I feel grateful that I have taken a small step by breastfeed and cloth diaper. I’m just like you. Working and plenty of task to be taken care of. A sight like below is a regular nightly in our household and that is the cloth diaper only and yes, it is tiring after came back from work, there’s heaps of laundry to mind of.

And I got Panda Eyes for constant waking up from my slumberland to fulfill my baby’s needs. And, every single day I have to lull the small backpack that contains all the gadgets in order to ensure the next day my baby still has his Mom’s Precious Drops.

And then, when I want to pack my lunch from outside, I would try to remember to bring my own washable container so that I can avoid using the polysterine packaging. Hassle eh? I just have to remind myself, “Hey! You’re doing something good, babe!”

And, bring your own bag when you’re doing your grocery or shopping. Plastic bags are a serious threat to our environment and natural resources – not only do they spoil our parks and beaches – but they can also take up to 1000 years to break down. Plastic bags are responsible for blocking drains and harming our wildlife – both marine and land-based animals.

Yes, we received curios stares and awkward confirmation from the cashier everytime we did this.

I have done the part of Reduce & Reuse. Next step I would take is to Recycle our household wastage likewise, sorting them by the materials it being produced like Plastic, Glass & Paper. A still a long way to go for us.

Celebrating the World Environment Day would mean nothing if you just keep on the ‘Tidak Apa” (does’nt matter) attitude. Do your part, and what I’ve chatted here is just few examples. There is more you can do. Or do you want me to lay out more examples in regards to this topic?

So, what’s holding you? What’s Stopping You? Emerge yourself as The Captain Planet & The Planeteers.

The Power is in Your Hand!

June 2, 2009 - Posted by | Breastfeeding, Cloth Diapering, Green Living, Hanz is up to...


  1. wah..bestnya!clap..clap!saya jua sedang meminikan penggunaan plastik bag 😉

    Comment by :: m.u.n.i.r.a :: | June 2, 2009 | Reply

  2. u have barred me from ur shoutbox & i have no option but to put my comment in here. if u love your child, u should not homeschool him for english as i am so concerned about his command of this subject in the future since ur english leaves much to be desired. for ur child's own good, do send him to those child enrichment centers so that he will get a proper education for the english language. this is a sincere concern from one mother to another.

    Comment by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 | Reply

  3. Munira, feel great that you are doing something good! Go Planeteers!

    Comment by Hanz | June 2, 2009 | Reply

  4. Hello Anonymous! So, you're a mother as well, huh? Why hiding yourself as Guest & Anonymous? If you are really sincere enough to provide such advise, you would be sincere enough to show up yourself as yours truly, huh?Yes, I've deleted your comment because I don't entertain Anonymous. This is a friendly Chatterbox & I love vis-a-vis with people who truly 'show' themselves not just drop in & find fault without even saying hello to the owner. Is that how you enter someone's house? Tsk, tsk, tsk…I pity you for forgetting your manners.If you want to be friend, by all means, please do that. Oh, have I hurt your feeling? I'm sorry but I'm more sorry for you.

    Comment by Hanz | June 2, 2009 | Reply

  5. Hi Hanz..I pun beli bawak bekas sendiri kalau beli nasi lemak atau jambu batu (byk jual tepi jalan skrg cooling). I’m sure that you’ve read my post a few months ago that I also do my best to reduce and reuse. However I noticed some recycling bins at my area have gone susah sikitlah nak dispose bekas/botol2 suratkhabar lama tak nak ambik (not even for free!).If you don’t mind, Hanz, I’d like to say hi to Anonymous.”Hi Anonymous, English is our second language. Me, I still have grammatical errors eventhough I went to an American school during my first grade and back there again for my degree. Actually, I’m not perfect in my own language either! For example, I still have to crack my brain if I were to write a formal letter in Bahasa Malaysia.This reminds me of my father during his childhood and how he learned to speak English properly. He sang. Even my grandmother told me this (they lived in a kampung and I think the public schools at that time taught really basic stuff). My father is a good singer so since he was 9 or 10 years old, he used to sing English songs. He even regularly perched himself on some tree and sang his heart out. And that’s how he perfected his pronounciation and grammar.That must have worked because he retired from the army 9 years ago as a Lieutenant General and since then he has always been invited to do motivational talks and participate in TV interviews,in both English and Bahasa Malaysia..and he has his column in The Sunday Times which he writes in every two weeks. (Oh I think I’ve got The Father’s Day “bug” now :D….)Hanz is a smart lady..and I’m sure she knows what she’s doing :)”

    Comment by SOHO Mama | June 2, 2009 | Reply

  6. Millie, you are my icon when it comes to green-hands, recycle & such. :P. About the Recycling Drop-Off Center, here at Kota Damansara, I noticed macam tak function jugak…nanti pindah sana, kat mana I nak hantar my recycle stuff? Dah berkobar ni next month nak ikut jejak langkah you to recycle.Oh, thanks for sharing & thanks for supporting. Hugs…

    Comment by Hanz | June 2, 2009 | Reply

  7. salam Hanz..wah, ada ‘perdebatan hangat’.. heheh.. ibu yg fulltime dok rumah ni pun cuba2 gak nak go-green… tp tak dapek la nak menyahut seruan Cd’ing tu.. coz Cd’s lagi mahal, tak mampu.. kalo daku koje, mungkin lain la citernya..ohh.. en Anon, ikut suka la kami nak h/scool anak2 BI ke math ke Bm ker.. bukan u yg nak bayar the fees for us.. lagipun apa guna mengaji sampai universiti, pastu nak h/s anak2 masih nak upah kat org… ajor anak dgn kebolehan sendiri kan lebih afdhal… hikikhik…

    Comment by kakyong | June 2, 2009 | Reply

  8. Hanz.. well said and done.. for me mmg fully breastfeed, baru start cding, dah start recycle a few things (separate the plastic container and newspaper) satu jea blum using my own bag bila shopping…maybe I should follow u bring my own container…PEACE..cik Anom,I think cik Hanz is capable of educating her own flesh n blood.. not everyone can do what she did.. (working and homeschool at the same time).Mum will know what best for their own children..

    Comment by nadnye | June 3, 2009 | Reply

  9. saya pon nak start bawak recycle bag la pi Giant..rase menyemak plak plastik bag byk2 kat rumah bila balik dr shopping groceries…go green!

    Comment by Farah | June 3, 2009 | Reply

  10. Hanz..I always cuba bawak my own tupperwares bila beli lauk kat kedai.However, kadang2 terlupa jugak.Plastics and polystrene containers tu actually not so good lah for long term health.Also, I bengang bila kuah asyik tumpah kalau theyall packkan!I bukan pikir sangat pasal environmental pollution..hehe..shame on me.. S.M…mujurlah garbage truck sini kutip semua platik and botol..senang.Takde special bins for such discarded items.Phewh!Anon..Lets be friends..toksah kecikkan hati Hanz..we roam the blogsphere to make friends and bukan to hurt anybody's feelings.Enjoy!Take Care yer.

    Comment by mamasita | June 3, 2009 | Reply

  11. Kakyong, Homeschool Best! (lari topik da dari posting asal…)Nanti, hanz up lagi apa kita boleh. buat on going green. 😛

    Comment by Hanz | June 3, 2009 | Reply

  12. Nadnye..same2. Go Planeteers!

    Comment by Hanz | June 3, 2009 | Reply

  13. Farah, mari2 go green! Susah jugak kadang2 adat manusia mudah terlupa. He,he…

    Comment by Hanz | June 3, 2009 | Reply

  14. Mamasita, bayangkan polysterine, straight away dari kilang, kita bubuh nasi & lauk dalam tu..phobia jer…

    Comment by Hanz | June 3, 2009 | Reply

  15. Dearest My Lovely Lady Miss Hanz,Firstly, CONGRATULATION for your hard work in almost everything. Superb job momma! *hugs*Don't you worry my dear, I'll always support you all the way (same like generous lady Miss Millie!). My prayers for your family >_<That "Anon" that attacked you today is the exactly same person that never failed to attack me since year 2007 till today!No matter what the world say, keep on doing your things, sometimes it won't be easy, but I believe in YOU :)I won't be here if I do follow her "kind advise", thank God!Keep on rollin' Miss Hanz, "The Anon" had absolutely nothing of value to your day.All the best sweet momma ^-^To "Anon": If you BRAVE enough, Make us impress with your "real success life" or jot down a journal to see differences between your life and our life. Teach us something. Show us something I’ve never seen. Give us a link to some content of real value. Help us understand the world. Be an engaging "true" friend that can do more than use @replies to offer words of "wisdom".p/s: "Moral Intelligent" is more meaningful than the so-called "scroll".

    Comment by LittleKittle | June 3, 2009 | Reply

  16. (Glistening eye & touched heart)Mamafiza, am I so glad that you were here to support me as well. I'm so grateful for your prayer & motivation.Such a shocking discovery to 'hear' what you've informed! Wow! Such malicious act! How I pray that Anon will find peace within his /her heart & make friends instead enemy.

    Comment by Hanz | June 4, 2009 | Reply

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