Global Warming is in the news. It seems like everyone's &quot;going green.&quot; We're glad you want to take action, too. Luckily, many of the steps we can take to stop climate change can make our lives better. Our grandchildren-and their children-will thank us for living more sustainably. More and more businesses are jumping on the eco-friendly trend. If you watch any amount of TV you're sure to have noticed many of the large brand name companies such as Johnson and Johnson and others dedicating whole commercials to their efforts to make more environmentally friendly products and to adapt to more green manufacturing processes. Going green isn't just a wave of the future. It's simply the only option we have for our planet if we are going to survive and thrive. If you are considering starting a small business, why not research some ideas that would be compatible with this trend. It's not only a smart move; you'll feel great about your business too. Let's start now
236 million tons of MSW generated annually 2.1 million tons from consumer electronics industry – but part of this volume is double-counted in other sectors 15% of waste incinerated Paper and yard waste: large volumes large recycling rates more potential
Some of the greatest threats to future resources come from things we throw away everyday. Household batteries and electronics often contain dangerous chemicals that may canuse problem, if sent to a local landfill, leak through the bottom barrier and pollute the groundwater. This can contaminate everything from the soil in which our food grows, to the water which will eventually come out of aquifers and into our tap water. Many of these chemicals cannot be removed from the drinking water supply, nor from the crops that are harvested from contaminated fields. The risks to human health are tremendous. Throwing away items that could be recycled diminishes energy, water and natural resources that could be saved by recycling. Did you know... The more we throw away, the more space we take up in landfills. When a landfill becomes a “landfull”, taxpayers have to build a new one. The less we throw away, the longer our landfills will last. The amount of taxpayer money we save by extending the longevity of our landfills is an important community benefit. The average global temperature has already risen by 0.74 degree centigrade in 2005 an air conditioner of 2.5 tonne emits 3 kilogram of Carbon Dioxide, microwave generates 1.3kg of CO2, a Geyser emits 3.3 kg of CO2 an hour. A car that gives mileage of 10 kilometres per litre of petrol leaves 232 grams of CO2 per kilometer. The list goes on... our computers, music system, TV, Radio Set, IPod, Hair Dryers, Washing Machines, electric stoves, electric shavers etc.
Save energy to save money . Armistead Booker/flickr Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs. Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out. Unplug appliances when you're not using them. Or, use a &quot;smart&quot; power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts &quot;phantom&quot; or &quot;vampire&quot; energy use. Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water. Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying. If you must use a dryer, consider adding dryer balls to cut drying time. Save water to save money. Take shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower your water and heating bills too. Install a low-flow showerhead . They don't cost much, and the water and energy savings can quickly pay back your investment. Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high. Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden. Many plants need minimal watering. Find out which occur naturally in your area. Less gas = more money (and better health!). richardmasoner/flickr Walk or bike to work. This saves on gas and parking costs while improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of obesity. Consider telecommuting if you live far from your work. Or move closer. Even if this means paying more rent, it could save you money in the long term. Lobby your local government to increase spending on sidewalks and bike lanes. With little cost, these improvements can pay huge dividends in bettering your health and reducing traffic. Eat smart. If you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. Meat costs a lot at the store-and it's even more expensive when you consider the related environmental and health costs. Buy locally raised , humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever you can. Purchasing from local farmers keeps money in the local economy . Watch videos about why local food and sustainable seafood are so great. Whatever your diet, eat low on the food chain [pdf]. This is especially true for seafood . Skip the bottled water. Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water . Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste . Bring a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminum rather than plastic, with you when traveling or at work. Check out this short article for the latest on bottled water trends . Think before you buy. Michael Reinhart/flickr Go online to find new or gently used secondhand products. Whether you've just moved or are looking to redecorate, consider a service like craigslist or FreeSharing to track down furniture, appliances, and other items cheaply or for free. Check out garage sales, thrift stores, and consignment shops for clothing and other everyday items. When making purchases, make sure you know what's &quot; Good Stuff &quot; and what isn't. Watch a video about what happens when you buy things . Your purchases have a real impact, for better or worse Borrow instead of buying. Borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books and movies. This saves money, not to mention the ink and paper that goes into printing new books. Share power tools and other appliances. Get to know your neighbors while cutting down on the number of things cluttering your closet or garage. Buy smart. Buy in bulk. Purchasing food from bulk bins can save money and packaging. Wear clothes that don't need to be dry-cleaned. This saves money and cuts down on toxic chemical use. Invest in high-quality, long-lasting products . You might pay more now, but you'll be happy when you don't have to replace items as frequently (and this means less waste!). Keep electronics out of the trash. Gaetan Lee/flickr Keep your cell phones, computers , and other electronics as long as possible. Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem. Recycle your cell phone . Ask your local government to set up an electronics recycling and hazardous waste collection event Make your own cleaning supplies. The big secret: you can make very effective, non-toxic cleaning products whenever you need them. All you need are a few simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap. Making your own cleaning products saves money, time, and packaging-not to mention your indoor air quality.
Operating a green business is not only good for the environment but good for your business's bottom line because conserving resources and cutting down on waste saves money. The good news is that whether you run a home-based business or an off-site enterprise, there are simple things you can do to run an environmentally friendly business. Recycling is the first thing that comes to mind when we think of being environmentally friendly. And recycling is important. But recycling is only one part of the environmentally friendly business equation. We can also take a large step towards being more environmentally friendly by reducing the amounts of waste in our offices and business operations. Here are just ten easy-to-implement ideas for running a green business from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade's Greening Operations guides that you can put into practice right now to make your office a more environmentally friendly place: Turn off equipment This can reduce energy used by 25%. Turning off the computers at the end of the day will additional 50%. Encourage communications by email read email messages onscreen to determine whether it's necessary to print them. If it's not, don't! Reduce fax-related paper waste . By using a fax-modem and by using a fax cover sheet only when necessary Fax-modems allow documents to be sent directly from a computer, without requiring a printed hard copy.
Install displacement toilet dams in toilet reservoirs. Placing one or two plastic containers filled with stones [not bricks] in the toilet's reservoir will displace about 4 litres of water per flush - a huge reduction of water use over the course of a year. Instigate an ongoing search for &quot;greener&quot; products and services in the local community. The further your supplies or service providers have to travel, the more energy will be used to get them to you. Before deciding whether you need to purchase new office furniture, see if your existing office furniture can be refurbished. It's less expensive than buying new and better for the environment.
Those were some general ecofriendly solutions that an enterprise or an individual can follow inorder to protect. But the problem is actually bigger and everyone has to take some definite step to protect the environment. &quot;It is a reality that environmental imbalance is threatening the entire world and taking us towards a disaster. We must understand that climate change, And the biggest responsibilty goes to aor corporate because he is the one who damages the enviroment comparetivelyy more. so lets see either “INDIAN CAN SHOW THE WAY TO GO GREEN OR NOT?”
If we are really sincere about saving our planet from the looming environmental disaster, we need to completely reinvent them. We must start thinking out-of-the-box measures for growth,“ &quot;Our problem is that most of the government policies, at the end of the day, remain no more than just lip service. What is needed is to find out the right ways and implement them in earnest to effectively safeguard our environment.“ &quot;In order to create right mechanism to prevent climate change, It is important to involve all the players from the industry to civil society. It is time for us and the government to come out with a clear road map for the future,“ Industry is ready to comply with green requirements. There are many segments in the industry which have already started making efforts in this direction. For instance, the real estate industry has started large scale construction of green buildings and are getting very good responses from the public.“ &quot;In fact, green building movement in India is a very good example of how an idea and industry can work together to towards a real positive change,&quot;
Being a Budding managers we suppose to give solutions not problems. Here I will be presenting so ideas which could be utilised inorder to make the environment green.
This is the small initiative which we are planning to initiate by our team of four members. The objetcive behind this to keep the environment clean and green. Here I will show the entire plan… We are planning to initiate this project during our studies ts with SGI. And I think being a student of SGI they will provide me enough support and motivation to accomplish this task. I met with the chairman of SGI with my team mets including Anamika and Sakshi and he assured my to give full support. As our chairman mr p.k. gupta is a very visionary person we belive he certainly provide us all kind of support. We planeed to initiate the project from greaternoida as we observed the there a lot of manufacturing industries are here and also Greater Noida is under the SEZ so we can expect some sort of support from government as wel as from the industries. And I had send the project in the ET business ideas event as well and eagery waitning for the positive response….
Unlocking greenry An Eco Friendly Concept By: Neeraj Kr. Kushwaha
What’s The Problem <ul><li>According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the world population is expanding at a mind-boggling rate. </li></ul><ul><li>The world reached 1 billion people in 1800; 2 billion by 1922; and over 6 billion by 2000. </li></ul><ul><li>It is estimated that the population will swell to over 9 billion by 2050. </li></ul><ul><li>World’s natural resources were evenly distributed, people in 2050 will only have 25% of the resources per capita that people in 1950 had. </li></ul>
2003 Municipal Solid Waste Generation 236 Million Tons Paper 35. 2% Glass 5.3% Metals 8.0% Plastics 11.3% Other 3.4% Food Scraps 11.7% Yard Trimmings 12.1 % Wood 5.8% Rubber, leather, and textiles 7.4% EPA Waste Characterization Report 2003
Did You Know ? <ul><li>For every ton of paper that is recycled, the following is saved: 7,000 gallons of water; 380 gallons of oil; and enough electricity to power an average house for six months. </li></ul><ul><li>You can run a TV for six hours on the amount of electricity that is saved by recycling one aluminum can. </li></ul><ul><li>By recycling just one glass bottle, you save enough electricity to power a 100-watt bulb for four hours. </li></ul>
10 Simple Things <ul><li>Save energy to save money . </li></ul><ul><li>Save water to save money. </li></ul><ul><li>Less gas = more money (and better health!). </li></ul><ul><li>Eat smart. </li></ul><ul><li>Skip the bottled water. </li></ul><ul><li>Think before you buy. </li></ul><ul><li>Borrow instead of buying. </li></ul><ul><li>Buy smart. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep electronics out of the trash. </li></ul><ul><li>Make your own cleaning supplies. </li></ul>
10 Ways to Make Your Business Environmentally Friendly <ul><li>Turn off equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage communications by email. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce fax-related paper waste . </li></ul><ul><li>Produce double-sided documents . </li></ul><ul><li>Do not leave taps dripping . </li></ul>
Contd…. <ul><li>Install displacement toilet dams in toilet reservoirs </li></ul><ul><li>Find a supply of paper with maximum available recycled content. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose suppliers who take back packaging for reuse. </li></ul><ul><li>Instigate an ongoing search for "greener" products and services in the local community. </li></ul><ul><li>See if your existing office furniture can be refurbished. </li></ul>
Some Suggestions <ul><li>MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE (MANAGEMENT & HANDLING) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EFFECTIVE ( Handling & Removal of All Quantity With Time Bound Programme) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SAFE ,HYGENIC , & ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY( COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL OF SOLID WASTE ,QUALITY ASPECTS OF THE WORK) </li></ul></ul>
Four Main Directives <ul><li>Collection and transportation of Solid Waste separately in to Biodegradable & Recyclable. </li></ul><ul><li>Biodegradable waste To be Processed in BIO BIN in term of organic fertilizers. </li></ul><ul><li>Recyclable waste not to go to land fill site but to be used locally by people and NGOs. </li></ul><ul><li>Till the long term processing of Biodegradable waste is established, this type waste should be disposed off at Sanitary Engineered Land Fill Site. This is an environment friendly initiative. </li></ul>
STRATEGIC PLAN SUGGESTED FOR LOCAL BODIES <ul><li>RECYCLING of Paper, Plastics, Metal, Packaging Materials, Leather, Rags etc. By establishing RECYCLING CENTRES in individual city in every AREA LOCALLY with the help and participation of manufacturers’ active support for recycling through BUYBACK SYSTEM, and Collection, Transportation and processing for Recycling Through Recycling Industries in Organized Sector. </li></ul>(Re) Use Of Inert Waste – Debris, Construction Waste, Silt for Reclaiming Low Lying Areas /or Separate Disposal Site for this Category (Re) Use of The Remaining Solid Waste to Produce Energy and Organic Fertilizer
House to House Collection , Transportation and Recycling of Dry Waste (PET Bottles, Tin, Plastics, Glass Bottles, Rubber, Cartons, Paper, Polythene Films) RECYCLING CENTRE House to House Hospitals Restaurants Mess Institutes Construction Site
SWAYAM A small Initiative would like to dedicate the Sharda to serve the nation in solving the problems of polluting waste at the same time with a view to run a business to recover what is generally wasted.
A Small initiative <ul><li>Survey of the Area for Identifying Dry and Wet Waste Quantity </li></ul><ul><li>Organize Awareness Drive in the Entire Area for Effective Segregation and Recycling for Dry and Wet waste. </li></ul><ul><li>Adoption of the Community /Bio Bins and storm water drain for keeping them nuisance free </li></ul><ul><li>Removal of solid waste from the small storm water drains </li></ul><ul><li>Processing and Packing of Recyclable Plastic Waste </li></ul><ul><li>Recovery of Other Recyclable like Paper, Rubber, Leather, Glass etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Final Transportation of Residue To the Municipal Disposal Sites. </li></ul>
DRY SOLID WASTE RECYCLING – PET, POLYTHENE & OTHER PLASTICS STREAM Segregation Washing Bio-Chemical Wash Grinding Washing Filtering Drying Checking Packing & Dispatch Receive Waste PET BOTTLES RECYCLABLES OTHER THAN BOTTLES Processed Further
GENERATION OF VALUE ADDED PRODUCTS <ul><li>From PET materials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fiber Sheet , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fiber Strapping , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fabric Fiber </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As roads making ingredient </li></ul></ul><ul><li>From polythene </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weather sheets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As roads making ingredient </li></ul></ul><ul><li>From Coconut </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coir mattresses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coir Door mats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coir Ropes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>From Leather </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leather boards, used for packaging and shoes making </li></ul></ul><ul><li>From Hard Plastics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>spares for equipment , auto parts & accessories, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Garden Apparatus </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Metals recycled for reuse </li></ul>
Door to Door Collection , Transportation and Processing of Biodegradable Waste Decentralized Processing Facility; Portable Bins of 50-100 kgs per day ; processing cycle time 15-20 days House Holds Airport kitchens Railway Station stalls Restaurants Hotel
BENEFITS TO THE SOCIETY & MUNICIPALITY <ul><li>The municipal corporation will achieve separation of recyclable waste at source and collection and transportation of dry waste in disposal site. </li></ul><ul><li>More over the corporation will also get rid of the waste component reaching disposal site and save proportionate land at the disposal site. </li></ul>
Resources <ul><li>Training to the NGO and workers for Door to Door Collection , community bin adoption & maintenance and removing of garbage from small drains. </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing the facility for processing Biodegradable and Recyclable. </li></ul><ul><li>Buying of the end product if quality product adhering to the standards desired at reasonable price </li></ul>
JOIN HANDS TO SAVE THE HOME.. 'The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything' - Albert Einstein.