Eco-friendly cards

Eco-friendly consultants are sure to turn green with envy when they see Andrea Romani’s brilliant Ecological Business Card design. The concept consists of a simple stamp that can be used to print contact information upon virtually any recycled material. The clever concept is economical and not only cuts down on manufacturing costs and energy waste, but also re-uses materials that are already on the road to being tossed away

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Source: http://inhabitat.com/brilliant-eco-business-card-can-be-printed-on-practically-anything/

 

Some Products aren’t Green; but worth trying

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We know we are a problem to the environment. We have made whatever we can and did our best to put an end to the pretty looking environment. If at all the polluted air can talk, crying ice can express, garbage seas can spit back; we are still at their Mercy. Our problem lies in the creations we made; it is in the DESIGN of anything that’s created so far. Products are not designed to be green, materials used are not nature friendly, and environment was never kept in mind when we designed anything for our needs. We were so busy blending with the industrial revolution and we ultimately didn’t give a thought about its after effects.

We are used to a particular lifestyle in which some non-degradable materials are a must to use in designing anything.

  • Aren’t we used to cars? Though we know cars pollute and it got batteries that are extremely Toxic
  • Aren’t we used to the packaging industry? We ask for one more plastic cover at supermarkets
  • Aren’t we used to the formal corporate environment, where leather shoes and bags are must?
  • Aren’t we used to computer, fancy mobile phones which uses more earth’s rare materials, tablets etc.,

We can keep pointing out…

We can never be 100 % Sustainable. Thanks to our lifestyle and comfort zone but we can change our lifestyle to an extent where we leave a lesser carbon foot print.

Solution to a lesser carbon foot print lies in the hands of Designers and mentality of people to adapt the change. For next couple of decades we can use partial eco-friendly products and slowly change to 100% sustainable ones. Even manufacturers need a timeline for making green innovations. 100 % eco-friendly products don’t happen over a midnight.

This generation needs to accept the change so the younger generation sees their parents and follow the same lifestyle. So let’s not mock at whatever green products available, they may be 50 % eco-friendly but let’s start using them and encourage the designers and manufactures to make a gradual change in the clean environment.

Please share your thoughts on the same .

Sustainable Fashion – Upcycled Ring

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Chocolate Wraps

Packaging industry is a huge industry which involves a lot of plastic for packaging,, wrapping and much more. When a manufacturer makes a product, the product is finally delivered to the end user which is us ” The People “. We buy a lot of products every day from the time we wake up till we goto sleep like milk covers, cereals, grains, chocolates to our super market visit and much more. We buy totally new plastic package from the seller and throw it in the DUMP after using it. We do play a role in the global pollution and its time for us to realize and make as much as maximum reuse we can do with the product. upcycle it

This ring is made from the left over chocolate wrapper’s. Chocolate wrappers are folded, rolled and glued together to make this high fashioned sustainable fashion Ring.

Hope we all can come with more ideas. Do write to us at upcycle.it.all@gmail.com or share us your upcycled image / photographs to showcase in website and Facebook ..

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Upcycling Ferrero Rocher Wraps and old Bulb

Upcycle itWaste management is something that runs in my mind most of the time where ever I go and whatever I do and I believe most of us have the same feeling. I try to reduce waste and reuse it often – I avoid throwing waste and keep collecting most of them. That way I saved these chocolate wraps and this old bulb. Today I had a power problem and I thought I will play with the light that lighted my room and the chocolate wraps I got it as a gift.

This Ferrero Bulb vase is very easy to do. We have seen images shared in google with plants growing in them, im not sure whether plants can really grow in them or not but im sure flowers I made with Ferrero wrap will last longer and watering not needed.

Upcycle Ferrero Rocher wrap and bulb vase

Upcycle Ferrero Rocher wrap and bulb vase

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We are all Nature lovers from when ??

suseum umadotc I know we all love Nature – Trees, plants and animals .. But can you close your eyes and think for a moment from when ..

I can help you. Being brought up in cities we all have a mechanical timed life where we run for lot of things, we live in an environment where we cut down trees and build apartments, slowly we grow up and hit a saturation point and look back at society ” what a mess have we made “. Trees and plants are important we figured it out lately. so we set up garden at homes and be little thankful to them.

At Suseum – The Sustainability Museum we have such a beautiful vertical garden and we found that a pigeon had laid an egg which made us really happy. Initially when we set up garden we never thought this would happen. we were very sure that pigeons will enjoy but this is lovely. we are thanked by Nature

Time to grow more plants and Summer is coming. Did i forgot we have to set up Bird Feeds 🙂

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One mistake and Sustainability is totally faked

Today I attended a Panel Discussion of 8 speakers from various sectors – Medical to Waste collector to Computer geek to Renewable energy expert to a Professor and so. It was nice, 5 of them really made an amazing speech about sustainability. It was great to know that these type of panel discussions are happening in colleges and its really good to create awareness among people but what they failed is they dint implement it right I mean the people who arranged the panel discussion about sustainability Development. Will reveal what was the mistake soon.

Discussion started with these, Sustainability is a question?  What they tried to convey in the introduction was Design plays a major role. Corporate sectors should have 2 things mandatory and they are corporate sustainability n social responsibility. Many corporate sections mix the two concepts, they say sustainability and sponsor NGOs who are completely not related to sustainable activity. They should design and implement in such a way “ Prosperity should come with Peace “ which is the Triple bottom line “Profit, People, Planet”.

The discussion passed to a Recycling promoter in Chennai Mr.Mathew Jose who is the CEO of Paperman.  Paperman is the guy who will collect the waste from your home and recyle. He spoke about recycling, he explained recying in a much simpler way to the audience which was impressive and interactive. He also mentioned only 20 percent of waste is sent to recycle providers, we throw rest of them in dump.

Here again a question rises ? why are we in a state to Recycle because we are using things which are not degradable and which hurts the environment.  Where does the solution lie, its within us …

So the first step is to Reuse whatever we have already bought.

Second step is to Reduce the quantity of things we buy, there is a beautiful word in English dictionary called NEED. Only if we meet the word NEED we have to buy new. That saves us money and we are in control of waste management.

Third Step the final step is to recycle. Now you have reused your product again and again, you have bought only what you needed and still you have waste left. When you feel as an individual you can’t do anything with it then RECYCLE comes in.

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If we follow these three steps Reuse – Reduce – Recycle we can make the world a better place for our future generations and personal satisfaction and happiness guaranteed. Trust me I never use to think about all these now I started practicing sustainability and I really enjoy doing it plus it makes me feel good. These can be done as an individual, how about the sectors like big corporate companies who use lot of energy, electronics, resources and much more.

Mr. Prakash from Symantec corporation took over the discussion. He said every corporate sector should share the work resources one can use and take corporate sustainability to next level. He also mentioned how Google came up with the concept of floating helium balloons over rural India for internet connectivity so there is no fiber optic cables involved. He also mentioned cloud computing should be considered in corporate sectors.

Apart from individual to corporate companies , there are many among us who do so many things related to sustainability. Mr. Raja Manuel Muthayya from Energy Alternatives India gave a small introduction to sustainability and he mentioned few people who are using resources around them to make business and adding a great value to sustainability like a group is growing seaweeds in deep sea and they are making lot of useful products out of them. He also mentioned about Exnora who make beautiful upcycled plastic products and compost from waste, a person who made solar lanterns, a person who made prepaid electricity card services where electricity was used little which made people very conscious about using energy so they dint waste it. Lot more we can talk about people who are working on stuffs like these …

At the end after all the sustainability talking and the sustainability panel discussion, what I found was 14 plastic water bottles for 9 people on the table. What they should have done is they should have kept water in steel tumblers by which they could have avoided 14 plastic bottles gone to waste. That again proves some people really talk about Sustainability because that’s fashion for them. What I would like to suggest is you don’t have to be 100 % sustainable but try to reduce the usage that will be more than enough we can do. If every individual follows this, waste will automatically be reduced to a great extent and we will recycle very little.

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