15th August 2019, has been etched on the ecological calendars of the world by the biggest blazes on Earth, ‘The Amazon WildFires’. As of 2nd September 2019, 2000 fresh fires have broken out at Earth’s lungs, causing global climate change that is already observant with the rapid depletion of ice caps at the poles and a surge in natural disasters, the future looks quite alarming and it is high time that we woke up and did something about it. As every drop in the ocean counts, we need to take mini steps at our homes to keep a check on our carbon footprint and take a step to make a difference. Here are a few suggestions from us:
1. Keep it Earthy:
Any kind of construction impacts and modifies the ecology in some way or the other. As responsible space planners and interior designers, it is crucial to judge the ecological effects as well. Keeping a building earthy, by using lighter colors or even neutral colors, not only makes your home look bigger but also help make it look well lit such a well lit home can promote you from refraining to use the alternate artificial sources of Light for many hours during the day thus preventing CO2 emissions. It is also recommended to use elements closer to nature, and use recycled materials like bottles to create a nice little garden in your balcony that can consume any CO2 emissions and give the healthy Oxygen in return.
2. Paint’s play:
Every year, we redecorate our homes for various special occasions. Unfortunately, we forget the hazardous impact of paint on our environment. Paint contains a pigment(colour), along with resin, a binder that holds the pigments together; solvent, a carrier for both solvents and additives,enhance properties of the paint. Most paints and stains contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other chemicals that create
toxic fumes that can linger indoors for long periods of time.
In the recent past, the solution for the above has been developed. The KNOxOUT paint is a variant that absorbs pollutants. The paint is activated using light energy, enabling the active ingredient to convert NOx into nitric acid. The initial testing happened in Philippines and was found that it could remove up to 160 grams of NOx per year, comparable to the air cleaning impact of a mature tree.The paint can also be used indoors, as the active ingredient reacts to fluorescent light as well. This has already been put into use in several countries.
3. Water conservation- check:
29th July 2019, is another day that shouldn’t be forgotten. The Earth overshoot day, the day when humanity had used up the ration of resources this year. It's a chilling fact that cities around the world running out of water is slowly coming to reality, Chennai being the recent hit. As per forecasts, by 2050, India would be compelled to import water. Thanks to the excess wastage and uncontrolled use of groundwater, many cities are forecasted as to sooner or later lose water as a free resource. Due to lack of rainwater harvesting, erosion of groundwater level by excessive usage, non maintenance of water bodies like ponds and lakes around the cities and the inadequate awareness and extensive reduction of green coverage. has just added to human woes.
The best method that can us us the efforts is daily efforts of reduced water consumption Although there are expensive water-saving appliances and methods like the most basic can be rain water harvesting and investing in ultra-low flush (ULF) bath fittings, which can drastically reduce water consumption. Along with these house-hold faucets should be fitted up with aerators, which work really well for most of the water outlets. Something to be noted is that with an investment of a few thousand rupees, aerators, shower-heads and other water-saving devices create a huge impact on preventing the groundwater from being eroded at a faster pace.Using STP plants to treat used water in kitchens and wash basins, for reusing as water in toilet flushes can extend the life and usage of water that is not fit for human consumption, thus preventing any further yet unnecessary use of consumable water.
The good news is that in the last few years, there has been a lot of awareness about the over use of plastic, in the form of bags and straws and is slowly reducing worldwide. Still there is a lot of plastic around us. Most of this is due to the packaging of products we use on a daily basis, like milk, and toothpaste plus the ones that get delivered by e-commerce partners.
It is time we switch to bioplastic! Bioplastic or biodegradable plastic is a biodegradable material that comes from renewable resources. A replacement or an alternative to traditional plastic that takes over a thousand years to decompose bioplastic is usually made of . The fun fact is that, these were around for over a hundred years and is completely made of renewable resources by obtaining natural polymers from agricultural, textile, potato or corn starch waste and is 100% degradable and has already been put into use by several countries around the world.
Using cloth bags at home, reusing plastic bottles as planters, using wooden cutlery can just be the easier effort, than can make the cut. Simply stopping single use plastic itself can make a huge difference.
With the world becoming more and more inhabitable for all living beings, these are few steps that can actually make a difference. The biggest gift we can give future generations is a better place to live - a better Earth. Like Michel Jackson sang years ago, “Heal the world, make it a better place. For you and for me and for the entire human race.”