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The Sustainable Actions of Daily Life

In honor of the National Environment Month from 19th November to 18th December, here are five easy steps you can take to introduce sustainability in your daily life. Whether you agree or not, conservation begins at home, right from thinking about the true value of what we use to how we use that rationale.

We need to understand the importance of different sources of energy, natural resources like water and the effect of our over-consumption on the environment.

Change your home interiors

Green is in. It has made its way distinctly in the super-elite homes. Organic accessories like bamboo planters, cotton bedcovers, hand-made earthen sculptures, double glazed glass panels, paper lamp shades and cotton floor cushions can help make your living space more eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Let your fingers do the walking – online

This is one of the simplest ways to adapt yourself to sustainable living. Pay your bills online, register for e-bank statements, add things to your shopping cart. It doesn’t just help you save on paper, fuel, but at the same time lets you do your bit for the environment.

Rethink Bottled Water

Nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled, and instead take several thousands years to decompose and degrade completely. Go for reusable container and fill it with tap water which serves as a great choice for the environment, your wallet, and even, your health.

Cut Down On Private Vehicle Usage

This one is easy to implement especially if you’re residing in a city where public transportation is easy to come by. You can always try and substitute your car with a bike ride to closer destinations or even opt for bus / train travel. Environmental pollution is one of the most serious problems facing humanity and other life forms on our planet today. Thus, it’s time to go realistic and switch to eco-friendly means of transportation. The green cab service in Delhi put forth a great example.

Air Purifying Houseplants

Replace the electric air purifiers with these nature-friendly options. Plants like the Areca Palm, Bamboo Palm, English IVY can be counted on to keep your home or office moist during dry times and lower the concentration of chemical toxins floating around in the air. Encourage those around you to bring in a single houseplant as well and care for them while they’re still saplings.

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The Emerging Trend of Eco-Homes

Eco-Homes

With celebrities like Gul Panag and Abhay Deol paving the way for green homes, people across the planet are waking up to this emerging need & pushing the green quotient of their homes. The trend seems to be more popular in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

One of the main reasons behind the popularity of Green Homes is that it reduces the carbon footprint and brings down maintenance cost and utility bills. The homes are designed keeping in mind the factor of ‘energy efficiency’. Right from the building material, paint, solar equipments to rain water harvesting, different aspects are considered before building an environmentally responsible and resource-efficient home.

Below is an insight on the elements, cost factor & long-term benefits of going green

One can opt for organic accessories like bamboo planters, cotton bedcovers, handmade earthern sculptures, jute or cotton cushions and paper lamp shades to enrich the quality of the living space. Using glues, paints or varnish that have low VOC content or water based solutions are also an effective way to adapt green living.

While the green building movement has been around globally since the 1970s, it has gained momentum in India only in the last couple of years. The first standard green rating programme in India was Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). Even GRIHA, an acronym for Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment, conceived by TERI is the National Rating System of India.

Many of the modern-day green homes await GRIHA certification, whereas renowned architects and high-end builders plan their futuristic projects under the guidelines of IGBC. Tata Housing Development Company Limited has been one of the pioneers for sustainable green developments. It has been the biggest proponent of Green initiatives in the Indian Real Estate space. As on today, Tata Housing is developing over 44 million sq.ft, which is under various stages of developments, all built under the guidelines drawn by IGBC.

With more awareness among the masses and the architects willing to experiment with building styles and materials, the trend of turning homes into eco-friendly havens will soon become big. Other than being the need of the day, it’s something worth adapting in these times of climate change and global warming.

An eco-friendly home is more expensive compared to a traditional home, but looking at it from a long-term perspective enables us to get a higher value with respect to conserving energy, enhancing productivity and not to forget, better lifestyle.