The Environment Friendly Thread

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And this is the impact... "Nokia collects 3 tonnes mobile waste in 45 days"

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2009/03/02/stories/2009030251620100.htm

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hi fedrer
I'm working for an environmental NGO and i'm so glad to have logged onto this thread at PG...very useful and intresting articles....loved the pics of DELL's new bamboo case for a comp.
thanks once again!Great going

I hope you'll make the thread more lively by providing some inputs and sharing some of your experiences .... Looking forward to more posts 😃
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hi fedrer
I'm working for an environmental NGO and i'm so glad to have logged onto this thread at PG...very useful and intresting articles....loved the pics of DELL's new bamboo case for a comp.
thanks once again!Great going

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Nokia India has announced that it will plant a sapling for every old mobile handset/ accessory deposited back to its dealers or customer care centers.

This is an extension of its take-back programme that Nokia has been following globally. As per the Greenpeace 2008 report - Guide to Greener Electronics ( http://www.greenpeace.org/raw/content/international/press/reports/Guide-Greener-Electronics-10-edition.pdf ), Nokia is the leading green company, in terms of taking responsibility for the entire life cycle of its products, of the 18 market leaders that Greenpeace assessed.

For more details on the take back programme in India:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Earth/Nokia_to_plant_sapling/articleshow/3923261.cms

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Hi All,

I cannot help but point out that as far as eco friendly utilities are concerned, Great Lakes is coming up with an eco friendly green campus on ECR Road Chennai. It has the highest environmental rating 'platinum' for buildings and would be a pioneer in this regard.....this would certainly set a precedent for others

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Here is an article titled "World is facing a natural resources crisis worse than financial crunch" published on The Guardian newspaper yesterday.

The link to the article is:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/oct/29/climatechange-endangeredhabitats

The article is based on the Living Planet Report 2008, which can be accessed here:
http://assets.panda.org/downloads/living_planet_report_2008.pdf

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Here is an excerpt from an article that came on The Guardian on October 14, 2008, and also reprinted by The Hindu on October 15.

Ecology and economy are both derived from the Greek word oikos - a house or dwelling. Our survival depends on the rational management of this home: the space in which life can be sustained. The rules are the same in both cases. If you extract resources at a rate beyond the level of replenishment, your stock will collapse. That's another noun which reminds us of the connection. The Oxford English Dictionary gives 69 definitions of "stock". When it means a fund or store, the word evokes the trunk - or stock - of a tree, "from which the gains are an outgrowth". Collapse occurs when you prune the tree so heavily that it dies. Ecology is the stock from which all wealth grows.

The link to the full article is below:

George Monbiot: This stock collapse is petty when compared to the nature crunch Comment is free The Guardian


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Eight Ways to Go Green

Hug a tree! Trust us, it's more fun than you think.


Some people only get involved in the environment on Earth Day. Don't get me wrong ... every little bit helps. But you can make Earth Day every day by just making a few changes in your daily routine. Not only will you be helping the environment, but you will probably save some money in the long run and live a much happier, healthier life. Here are eight ways that you can go green.

Re-Route Your Commute

Walking or biking is ideal to get to your friend's house, run errands or go to school. Not only is this healthy for the environment, but for YOU too. If you have to drive, then try to get a group of friends together to cut down on everyone driving separately. Even if you don't want to admit to trying to help the Earth, you have to agree that traveling in a group is WAY more fun than alone. Not only that, but you can cut down on the cost of gas if everyone chips in.

Recycle Smart

From electronics to clothing, one person's trash is another person's treasure. Everything can be recycled and should be. If your neighborhood does not do recycling, then petition your county and local governments to get it started. Your school should also recycle and if they don't, talk to the school board. Just one person can make a difference and the result is astounding.

Save Energy

Use as much natural light as possible. If you use indoor lights, than only use what is necessary. If you are stepping out of a room for more than 15 minutes, turn off the lights. Refrigerators eat up the most electricity in the household, so maximize efficiency by keeping the fridge at 37 F. and the freezer at 0 F. Also, wash your clothes in cold water whenever possible and use a drying rack or clothesline. Setting your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer can translate to substantial savings on your utility bills.

Superhero Plants

Certain greens can help remove indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene. Don't have the gardening gene? Golden pothos, English ivy and peace lilies are all easy-to-grow toxin fighters.

Lighten Up

When incandescent bulbs burn out, replace them with longer-lasting, low-energy compact fluorescent bulbs. They cost a bit more than regular bulbs, but you'll lower your electric bill and pay less in the long run - CFLs last up to 10 times longer than traditional ones. You can buy CFLs at most hardware and home stores. To save more on lighting, install dimmer switches and use timers, indoors and out.

Buy Used

Whether you've just moved to a new area or are looking to redecorate, consider a service like craigslist or FreeSharing to track down furniture, appliances, and other items, rather than buying them new. Check out garage sales and thrift stores for clothing and other everyday items. Use your creativity in gift giving, including making homemade gifts, donating to a good cause, or even regifting (and gift green, in general). Your purchasing habits have a real impact, for better or worse.

Use Your Local Amenities

Borrowing from libraries, instead of buying personal books and movies, saves money and printing resources. Consider donating the money saved to your local library. Be an active civic participant and ensure that the public spaces and facilities in your town are well maintained. This will promote a healthy, sustainable community.

Stop Wasting Water

Buy water-efficient showerheads. With low-flow models, a family of four can cut water usage by as much as 280 gallons a month - and yet not feel much difference in water pressure. Two we like: Kohler's Master Shower Eco and Niagara Conservation's Earth Massage. Also, when you brush your teeth, only use water to rinse. Don't let it run while you are brushing.
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Interesting thread!

Strange, how being at a b-school should make one more aware of what's going on in the world, but one actually misses out on day-to-day happenings. :sneaky: (like this thread, for instance)

Anyway, I came across a rather interesting experiment, where a BBC journo tries to live without any sort of plastic product for a month.

Read more about it at BBC NEWS UK | Magazine It's a wrap

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