KUALA LUMPUR, July 8 – Garnier Malaysia recently launched a nationwide education programme, which will see 1,000 teachers and thousands of students being educated on recycling, upcycling, and ways to tackle plastic pollution as part of its initiatives towards sustainability while reducing its impact on environment.
An initiative under its Green Beauty campaign, which is Garnier’s global initiative of an end-to-end approach to sustainability, the school education programme will be undertaken in collaboration with the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) with the intention of cultivating and nurturing the next generation of Green Heroes through education.
Through the Green Beauty campaign, Garnier expects to significantly reduce its overall environmental impact with various targets set in place to be achieved by the year 2025.
“The 2025 sustainability goals include ensuring all products to be made with zero virgin plastic, as well as changes to packaging to ensure that all materials are reusable, recyclable, or compostable,” it said in a recent press release.
“Taking green measures at all steps of the brand’s value chain, Garnier commits to having 100 percent of their industrial sites to be carbon neutral by 2025. Garnier also aims to empower 1,000 communities through their Solidarity Sourcing program.”
Meanwhile, the education programme took off at the SMK Darul Ehsan in Selayang Baru and was attended by Puan Hajah Marpuaton binti Sastero, Deputy Director of School Management Sector, Selangor State Education Department and I.S.Shanmugaraj Subramaniam, Executive Director of MNS.
An interactive roadshow with fun activities and educational workshops were held at SK Bestari 2 and SMK Seksyen 4 with active participation from teachers and students.
The statement quoted Chris Chan, Head of Garnier Malaysia saying: “Plastic pollution is and has been an ongoing issue in Malaysia. Through our Garnier Green Beauty initiative, we hope to make an impact, regardless of how big or small to ensure that we too, as a sustainable beauty brand do our part for the
environment in the long run.
“We believe in the power of education and that this nationwide school programme will nurture and cultivate little environmentalists who will be our next generation Green Heroes for a cleaner, greener Malaysia.”
He also commended MNS for partnering them in the initiative, saying that it will bring vast knowledge and experience to further add depth and results to achieving the goals.
SMK Darul Ehsan was selected for the launch as the school is known for championing many green
initiatives amongst their students and community. The school has various green initiatives such as a
green house, rainwater harvesting system, agriculture and horticulture classes, collection hub for
used cooking oil and fabric.
The school is also well known for championing Eco-Bricks, where plastic bottles are packed tightly with non-biodegradable waste to use as building materials to create insulated walls or outdoor furniture.
Shanmugaraj meanwhile said that the nationwide school education programme was in line with MNS’ direction and ambition towards educating students to spark their interest towards recycling and plastic waste management.
Aside from this nationwide school programme, Garnier Malaysia and MNS also have plans to organize
five beach clean-ups at selected locations in the country.