Story by Christopher Tan
FROM far, it looks like any other recycled paper.
However, there is “magic” behind the seed paper created by Entopians.
“When the seed paper is planted, nectar plants may grow,” Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm marketing section head Reina R. Ramirez said.
Entopia has taken a huge step in promoting environmental-friendly activities with its “One Plant At A Time” green campaign.
“The main driving point is our seed paper. The paper is created by Entopians using recycled paper collected from recycled bins around our premises.
“We make planting more fun and memorable. The recycled paper is infused with local plant seeds.
“The seeds used in the paper are from local plant species that produce flowers rich in nectar.
“Plants, such as the Bachelor’s Button Flower, Cosmos plant and Marigold, attract pollinators like butterflies and bees in gardens,” Ramirez told Buletin Mutiara at Entopia in Jalan Teluk Bahang on April 6.
She said the seed paper could also be reused as a bookmark, picture frame or a gift.
“It is available at the Friends of Entopia membership lounge (The Atlas).
Upon purchase, visitors will be educated on the importance of pollinators in our ecosystem,” she added.
The “One Plant At A Time” campaign was launched on March 25 last year as part of the activities during the Friends of Entopia Day.
Ramirez said the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) was chosen as the beneficiary of the campaign from March to December last year.
“After nine months of running the campaign, we managed to raise RM1,626 for MNS. We are looking for a new beneficiary this year,” she said, adding that the Penang Green Council is supporting the cause by helping Entopia raise awareness through their events and activities.
Also riding on the green wave is property developer M Summit Group which is a champion of green efforts. The group is constantly promoting a sustainable and healthy lifestyle among its house buyers and staff.
Among its myriad efforts is building a rooftop farm at its nearly-completed Ramah Pavilion condominium project in Teluk Kumbar.
“We want to help our residents lead a happy and healthy lifestyle by enabling them to grow their own organic greens,” Group founder and managing director Datuk Albert Moh said.
“They can breathe in fresh air and enjoy a stunning scenery while doing farming. Rooftop farming can reduce carbon footprint.
Home-produced food can save fuel required for transporting food to eaters,” he added.