HOW CAN I SAVE MY MOTHER EARTH?
I wish World Environment Day were like Christmas Day. It would have got all the attention that it seriously deserves. Every year on the 5th of June, World Environment Day comes and goes with a whisper. No bells chiming or trumpets blast to herald its dawning. An insignificant amount of celebration, compared to what it really could have been, had everyone in the world been aware that it was the day to give a thought to saving poor Mother Earth, even from our homes. A few articles here and there, no major headlines, that most of us skim through. The stock market news is more important. So poor Mother Earth continues to cater to all our whims and fancies, just as our mothers would, without a break, day in and day out. A lot has been done and said no doubt, but that percentage of a committed lot is negligible compared to the seven billion inhabiting the Earth. I, as a homemaker can do my bit by practicing methods of conserving and re-use and making my family aware of it, too. Simple things like consumption of less water and less electricity, refusing a plastic bag and carrying my own shopping bag, not over cooking for the family and putting fresh food on the table even though it means extra work for me, not wasting food, segregating the garbage we generate and disposing it off wisely which includes all the E-waste that we generate every time we buy a new electronic gadget. Walking or the Public Transport system rather than my car if distances are short, letting the leaves in my garden form mulch and contribute to soil formation, recycle that waste water from my kitchen for the garden, grow more vegetables and share them with others, plant more trees, use solar energy, its free and plenty. The list goes on and on, and it makes me the guilty party. How right Mahatma Gandhi was when he said, “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”
WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
The World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 on the day that the U.N Conference on the Human Environment began to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the environment. It is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. It is the people’s day for doing something positive for the environment and inspiring individual action that will have a positive impact.
This year, 5th June 2015, under the theme ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume With Care.’ A great emphasis was laid on the rate at which we were consuming natural resources and the inability of the Earth to regenerate as quickly as we were destroying them. It has become a challenge now to create a sustainable economic development globally while trying to stabilize the rate of resource use and reduce environmental impact. We are being urged to live a healthy life without wastage and excessive consumption for our own well being and for the sustenance of the planet Earth.
WINDOW TREATMENTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT:
The Window Covering industry has advanced tremendously from the days of the conventional Roman shades, the Venetian blinds or even a simple curtain. Research and innovations have transformed the window dressing industry into a fashionable and flourishing industry. Manufacturers have to be conscious of the carbon footprint they are leaving on the Earth by their processes of manufacture. The products should in no way affect or endanger the lives of consumers. Consumers at the same time should be aware of the quality of the products they are purchasing.
The initiatives taken by the industry for a greener technology.
GREEN GUARD CERTIFICATE: Products that achieve the Green Guard Certificate are scientifically proven to meet some of the world’s most rigorous third- party chemical emission standards helping reduce indoor air pollution and the risk of chemical exposure while aiding in the creation of healthier indoor environment.
PHTHALATE FREE: Chemical plasticizers used to soften plastic are not chemically bonded to PVC and can easily leach and evaporate into food or the atmosphere and is a health hazard.
RoHS COMPLIANT: It aims to resist those products that have heavy metals or dangerous substances.
USDA CERTIFICATE: It is given to products that are bio-based or have 100% organic ingredients.
DOW ECOLIBRIUM: Bio-Based plasticizers are a group of sustainable plasticizers that exhibit the same performance and feel of traditional plasticizers yet reduce the carbon footprint of their products. They are made from renewable content and are lead-free and phthalate free. Green House gas emissions can be reduced by 40% compared with existing PVC compounds. They meet all regulatory requirements for flame resistance.
Install window treatments that maximize energy conservation. Choose curtains or blinds that keep your house cool in summer and warm in winter. Heavy curtains in a colder climate will help keep warm air in at night. If you are in a hot climate, consider tinting your windows or installing a reflective window coating. This will redirect heat away from your house. Talk with local contractors to find out what options make sense for your situation. Tinting the window that receive direct sun will also protect your fabric color from fading.
GRABER BLINDS PRODUCTS – AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF GREEN LIVING
Conserving energy – Graber window coverings regulate the sun’s rays to control temperature and create healthier, more energy efficient homes for their consumers. Cellular shades, in particular, provide an extra layer of insulation, keeping heat and cold from penetrating windows, conserving energy all year round.
Protective resources – Natural shades are crafted from renewable materials like bamboo, jute, and grasses.
Preserving clean air – Blinds and shades manufactured by Graber Blinds use Green Guard Indoor Air Quality Certified materials with low chemical and particle emission.
Graber uses sustainable practices to make their products responsibly so that we can all enjoy a “greener” future. Conscious of the company’s environmental impact they.
Recycle all metals, plastics, fabrics, paper and waste wood in their plants diverting these materials from landfills.
Conserve water by using a closed loop water cooling system for plastics manufactured.
Design minimal product packaging that uses at least 44% of the post-consumer recycled material.
Secure and process renewable hardwoods for Graber Blinds domestically, minimizing transportation and thus saving energy.
NORMAN GREEN: ONE PLANET, ONE STEP AT A TIME
NORMAN’s belief that green is not a marketing slogan but is an everyday way of doing business. . Everything that goes into making their products to the manufacturing process involved keeps the environment and consumers safety in mind.
No Harmful chemicals.
Lead free formulation.
Eco-friendly materials used in Normandy Shutters and Blinds and Woodlore Shutters.
CARB (California Air Resource Board) compliance.
How to Celebrate the World Environment Day:
The options are many, and the choices we can make to celebrate WED are many. Let us start today.
Make today the day that we choose to adopt an eco-friendly sustainable lifestyle.
From today, start reading the labels of origin and manufacture of your goods.
Today, take public transportation system
Choose today to slip into the refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle habit and make it a part of our daily life.
Cheers from ZebraBlinds.ca