Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Green Drinks KL: Waste Management - Views From Different Perspectives

Greetings from Green Drinks KL Team!

In the previous event, the theme was “Open Mic”. It was aimed to gather feedback from the smaller crowd on environmental issues that concerned the people the most. One of the topics that received the loudest voice is WASTE MANAGEMENT, and hence, it will be our next theme.

Come, grab a drink/food and mingle with environmentally-minded people. Details as below:

Theme : Waste Management - Views From Different Perspectives
Date : 2 August 2018 ( First Thursday)
Time : 7.00 – 9.30 pm
Venue : The Gravy Factory, Level 5, Nu Sentral (Beside KL Sentral) https://goo.gl/maps/gXctoAQ6T8q


Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-drinks-kl-waste-management-views-from-different-perspectives-tickets-47911131484


WASTE is unwanted or unusable material, substances, or by-products. We have all heard about 3R previously, and now, there are 5R! Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot. What can we, as an individual, do to manage our waste properly? Zero waste and minimalism lifestyle. Is it possible and is it feasible? What happens after waste has been dumped into the rubbish bin?

Let us explore and ponder on these in the next Green Drinks KL. We have not finalize the speakers yet. Therefore, if you have any recommendation, feel free to contact us!

*Please register at Eventbrite responsibly so that we could know the estimated number of people that will be attending. Also, by verifying the registration, students will be given 20% discount for the drink and/or food you ordered, courtesy of the generous owner. Just bring your valid student card for verification, while everyone else will be given a 10% discount, courtesy of The Gravy Factory! You may cancel the registration if you are unable to make it to the event.


Warmest regards,

Mr Simpson Tan
CEO of Green Drinks KL
simpsontan@greendrinkskl.org
+60 11-625-47336 (GREEN)

___________________________________________________


Green Drinks KL is a monthly gathering (held on *first Thursday of every month*) as an informal international networking initiative to connect environmentally minded people and professionals. It is a simple event with no formality. The main goal is to have some valuable conversations in an informal setting.

The Gravy Factory is located at Nu Sentral, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and it is accessible by public transport, namely LRT, MRT, Monorail, KTM and ERL. So let’s reduce our carbon footprint where possible! The Gravy Factory has basic supplier Halal certification and no alcohol will be served here. We welcome friends from all walks of life to join the event. Besides, they have vegetarian choices too!

For more information, please visit www.greendrinkskl.org or www.facebook.com/groups/51963358529

Everyone invites someone else along, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network.

See you at Green Drinks KL. Cheers!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Post Write-Up for Green Drinks KL : Open Mic - We want to hear from you!


On 3 May 2018, Green Drinks KL saw the gathering of 15 public members from various professional fields such as business, consultancy, journalism, oil and gas, waste management, fashion and others. The environmental networking event which was held on the first Thursday of every month at The Gravy Factory, Nu Sentral also attracted postgraduate students who wanted to be part of the solution instead of the problem to the environment.

The theme of the month was “Open Mic”, which was relatively unique as the host aimed to gather feedback from the smaller crowd on environmental issues that concerned the people the most. Subsequently, the monthly theme of Green Drinks would be customised based on the interest of the majority.



“We would like everyone to form a group that has a common environmental interest and discuss on why that issue concerns you and what we can do about it”, said Bernard, the event host.  

Shayley, an urbanite that lived in a condominium was frustrated by the amount of waste that she had generated as she decluttering one day. She realised that she owned many unnecessary items and began to be aware of her own lifestyle. Her realisation then motivated her to take responsibilities over the waste generated by practising recycling, if not rot (for organic waste) whenever possible.

“I freeze all my food scrap and bring it to a farm owned by an NGO called Free Tree Society for composting. But then and again, it may not be practical for me or other to do it every day”, said Shayley during group discussion.



On the other hand, a participant, named Elodie, was concerned with the use of plastic in packaging as such disposable or single-use plastic is choking our earth day-by-day.

“Currently my team and I are trying to promote alternative packaging which uses paper instead of plastic, to Mamak stall, a popular street-side restaurant by the locals for food and hangouts. We know that paper packaging is still not the best solution, hence we are currently still looking for better option.”

Another group of participants gathered to discuss issues related to trees: deforestation, maintenance of urban trees, appreciation for more green coverage on earth. Nahvin, an environment enthusiast - though deemed himself for working in the most polluting industry, oil and gas - was frustrated seeing how trees were chopped instead of pruned in the urban areas. He also yearned for businesses to reduce usage of paper by replacing conventional receipts to e-receipts. Sanjayala, a sustainability consultant, thought that greeneries are important for serenity and promoting positive effects on our mental health.



The sharing from representatives of each group had well benefited others to learn more and contribute ideas to help others in taking action. Green Drinks KL this round had created better engagement due to the smaller number of attendees as compared to the last month’s event which witnessed the participation of more than 50 people. Some were really delighted by new knowledge that they acquired. For example, Shayley, after expressing her frustration of not being able to compost at her condominium, received feedback from another participant that she was able start her own composting even in her own high rise home. Subsequently, they shared contact to keep in touch.

Another participant, Amirah, who is into the fashion industry, confessed that she was clueless on what Green Drinks is about but felt enlightened after Simpson, co-host of Green Drinks, explained to her on the background. She even rated 15 out of 10 scales that she would attend this event again. To further inspire and encourage her environmental interest, she was presented with a 100% organic cotton-made Earth's Gift tee shirt by Nukleus as a gift.



In just mere two hours of meeting a group of unfamiliar people, Green Drinks enables like-minded people to connect and build new collaboration. If you wish to connect with more environmental enthusiasts or learn more about environmental issues, do join us for our next Green Drinks KL networking event!

Date: 7 June 2018
Time: 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Venue: The Gravy Factory, NU Sentral
Theme: Waste Management 








Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Green Drinks KL : Open Mic - We want to hear from you!


Greetings from Green Drinks KL Team!

In the previous event, you have heard from us on the formation of Green Drinks KL Season 2. This time, we want to hear from you!

Come, grab a drink/food and mingle with environmentally-minded people. Details as below:

Theme : Open Mic - We want to hear from you!
Date : 3 May 2018 (Thursday)
Time : 7.00 – 9.30 pm
Venue : The Gravy Factory, Level 5, Nu Sentral (Beside KL Sentral) https://goo.gl/maps/gXctoAQ6T8q

This month, we will have an open mic concept. As we had noticed, most of the attendees are professionals, people in the field, youth leaders and so on, we would like to hear your experience.

Anyone will be allowed to share his or her experience, why you do it, and how can it be improved, in let's say, 3 minutes. By the end of the session, we would like to conduct a discussion on what topic or focus does everyone hope to have in the upcoming Green Drinks KL.

*Please register at Eventbrite responsibly so that we could know the estimated number of people that will be attending, at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-drinks-kl-open-mic-we-want-to-hear-from-you-tickets-45423673430

Also, by verifying the registration, students will be given 20% discount for the drink and/or food you ordered, courtesy of the generous owner. Just bring your valid student card for verification, while everyone else will be given a 10% discount, courtesy of The Gravy Factory! You may cancel the registration if you are unable to make it to the event.


Warmest regards,
Mr Simpson Tan
CEO of Green Drinks KL
simpsontan@greendrinkskl.org
+6 011-625-47336 (GREEN)

___________________________________________________

Green Drinks KL is a monthly gathering (held on *first Thursday of every month*) as an informal international networking initiative to connect environmentally minded people and professionals. It is a simple event with no formality. The main goal is to have some valuable conversations in an informal setting.

The Gravy Factory is located at Nu Sentral, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and it is accessible by public transport, namely LRT, MRT, Monorail, KTM and ERL. So let’s reduce our carbon footprint where possible! The Gravy Factory has basic supplier Halal certification and no alcohol will be served here. We welcome friends from all walks of life to join the event. Besides, they have vegetarian choices too!

For more information, please visit www.greendrinkskl.org or www.facebook.com/groups/51963358529

Everyone invites someone else along, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network.

See you at Green Drinks KL. Thank you.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Lessons from the ones who started Green Drinks KL

Hi guys, the post write-up on our very first session is finally here! We decided to give a summary and the things we learned from the event. Hope you enjoyed it.

     People come and go. Just like people, Green Drinks KL had started and ended. With every hopes of bringing back this platform, a group of young enthusiasts decides to bring Green Drinks KL back. So here we are, at the Gravy Factory in NU Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, on 29 March 2018, all ready to kick-start our first Green Drinks KL season 2 with the theme, "Looking back, looking forward".

A good turnout for our first Green Drinks KL session

Simpson giving a short speech
Bernard interviewing Michael, the owner of The Gravy Factory, NU Sentral

"We need to inspire people with the opportunities that comes with the sustainable lifestyle."
Matthias Gelber

Matthias Gelbert sharing his thoughts

Be realistic
We are heading toward the sixth extinction as our previous generation failed to prevent it from happening. We need to realize what is happening right now. So what superpowers we need to save the world right now?

Inertia
The biggest force that makes us change is inertia. It is the force that let us pursue the things we want to make a difference. However, we need to know when to give up when we need to give up as well.

Make green a choice of living
We need to change our perspective of happiness. Happiness should stem from dematerialization, experiences and connections with other people. If all of us set going green as a new and exciting trend, we will all have a deeper sense of happiness.

Make green a choice of profitability
We need to show the younger generation that green is profitable. We can try doing creative ways like converting electricity bills into real carbon credits and tokens to show that going green is financially beneficial.

Joining an activist group
Joining a group of active youths allow us to brainstorm ideas on how to make our voice heard in the public. Not only that, we will gain lots of experience and blooming friendships along the way.


     All in all, our dear veterans accentuated on the role of younger generation in making the world a more sustainable place to live in. So please take note future eco-leaders! We cannot change our past but we can change our future. And definitely, like what Simpson mentioned, the end goal is to be happy. No matter what we want to do, we need to know what and why we want to do it. That way, we will have a purpose and inertia will take place.

A beautiful dance performed by Jennifer Lai

Khairun sharing her experience on becoming an activist
"Don't call me uncle" -Steve












     With that, networking session began and we concluded our first session for Green Drinks KL season 2. Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to announce that Green Drinks KL is officially back! See you guys next month on 3 May 2018 and do follow us for more exciting news to come.


Group photo session


Friday, March 23, 2018

Meet Our Panellists

From our last post: http://www.greendrinkskl.org/2018/03/green-drinks-is-back.html
Our panellists are coming from different background. Here, we would like to have a brief introduction about them.

Source: www.greenmanspeaks.com 

Matthias Gelber is a Co-Founder of Maleki GmbH, a German company specialising in high performance, low carbon footprint construction materials. Matthias also serves as an Environmental Chief Officer of New Era Energy, a company which using the blockchain technology to enable a decentralized system to increase transparency and credibility, and to create a global benchmark for emission recording and reporting. Dubbed as the greenest man on earth, Matthias is an accomplished speaker and trainer on environmental issues and loves giving green talks to corporates, government organisations and schools in the South East Asian region.

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Source: www.aseanaffairs.com
Steve McCoy is the Founder and Principal of Counterpoint, a consultancy firm giving support services on sustainability for the Corporate, Government and Non-profit sectors. Steve loves creating 'aha' experiences around the business case for sustainability and translating visionary strategies into actionable steps to close the gap between good intentions and performance.

Khairun Nisa Mohamed Zabidi is currently working with PwC Malaysia's sustainability team as a Sustainability Consultant in corporate responsibility, sustainability reporting and social and environmental advisory for the Southeast Asian region. Khairun Nisa interest and expertise centres on CSR, green public policy and building capacity for the mitigation and adaptation of climate change. In the past, she co-founded the Malaysian Youth Climate Justice Network (now the MYD) and zero-waste social enterprise the Recovr Initiative.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Gravy Factory : Words from the Management

In the heart of Brickfields, this lively eatery has been serving up crowd pleasing local and Western dishes since 2014. Located on Level 5 inside NU Sentral Shopping Centre, with a sunset view overlooking Bukit Persekutuan, it’s the go-to place to unwind with coffee after work, or dinner before a movie.


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Nasi Lemak

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Dinner with friends on the patio
We combine attentive service, mouth-watering meals, reasonable prices, and friendly staffs. All of these are done with the purpose of customer satisfaction in mind.

Our menu is an evolving selection of Hainanese Western classics. Best-selling Hainanese Chicken Chop is served with tangy pineapple sweet and sour sauce, potato wedges, and salad. Nasi Lemak Ayam Berempah, an all-time Malaysian favourite, also come highly recommended.

We are open seven days a week from 11 AM till 10 PM. Private functions and special events are held regularly in our shop. For our complete menu and more information, please visit The Gravy Factory on Facebook and Instagram. For bookings please call: 03-2276 3373.


Cheers!


The Management


Friday, March 16, 2018

Green Drinks KL (Season 2) : Looking Back, Looking Forward

Greetings from Green Drinks KL Team!

Green Drinks KL (Season 2) is back! Come, grab a drink/food and mingle with environmentally-minded people. Details as below:

Theme   :   Looking back, looking forward
Date       :   29 March 2018 (Thursday)
Time      :   7.00 – 9.30 pm
Venue    :   The Gravy Factory, Level 5, Nu Sentral (Beside KL Sentral)
                https://goo.gl/maps/gXctoAQ6T8q


Green Drinks is a monthly gathering (held on first Thursday of every month) as an informal international networking initiative to connect environmentally minded people and professionals. It is a simple event with no formality. The main goal is to have some valuable conversations in an informal setting.

The founders of Green Drinks KL back in 2009, namely Matthias Gelber (Green Man), Steve McCoy and Khairun will be with us to share their Green Drinks experiences!

The Gravy Factory is located at Nu Sentral, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and it is accessible by public transport, namely LRT, MRT, Monorail, KTM and ERL. So let’s reduce our carbon footprint where possible! The Gravy Factory has basic supplier Halal certification and no alcohol will be served here. We welcome friends from all walks of life to join the event. Besides, they have vegetarian choices too!








Students will be given 15% discount for the drink and/or food you ordered, courtesy of the generous owner. Just bring your valid student card for verification.

Please register at Eventbrite responsibly so that we could know the estimated number of people that will be attending. You may cancel the registration if you are unable to make it to the event.

For more information, please visit www.greendrinkskl.org or www.facebook.com/groups/51963358529

Everyone invites someone else along, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network.

See you at Green Drinks. Thank you.


Warmest regards,
Mr Simpson Tan
CEO of Green Drinks Malaysia
simpsontan@greendrinkskl.org
+6 011-625-47336 (GREEN)