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Top 5 Things HR Managers Can Immediately do to reduce Carbon Footprint at Workplace
(Authored by Sonali Sharma for PLANET WARMS Newsletter, targeted towards citizens / corporate executives)
1. Create a Paperless Office

Facts: Paper is a major polluter. 50% of the waste generated from offices that is disposed off in landfills is paper. 10,000 sheets of copy paper are utilized by an average office worker annually. And 6,000 kg is the carbon footprint of 1,00,000 paper sheets produced from 8 trees. In addition, approximately 12 trees can be saved by one office if they refuse the use of one ton of paper. Imagine the impact!

The idea of creating a paperless office saves it all. HR Managers can take the first position in this initiative. They can help in converting paper documents into digital workflows that restrict the use of paper at their workplaces. The monthly payment slips can be emailed to employees.  Leave behind the thought of penning down things. Encourage the use of whiteboards and tablets for taking reminders and notes at your office. Many Cloud applications like OneDrive, CamCard, OneNote, OCR can help in creating a paperless office. From document storage to business card scanning, many functions can be performed with zero paper use.  Save paper! Save the environment!

Company Suggestion: Check out this startup https://skoodleart.com/ for ecofriendly office pens/ pencils or reach out to https://www.consultivo.in/ (Amongst India’s top ESG Consultants)

2. Switch Over to Energy Efficient Work Hours

Facts: According to a study by Alliance for an Energy-Efficient Economy (AEEE) the energy consumption in commercial buildings is growing at the rate of 11-12% per year. Energy-related emissions are 6.6%from lighting and appliances used in buildings like offices.

The HR departments can keep an energy-saving agenda as one of the topmost at their workplaces. 100% renewable energy and solar lighting should become the trend. Ensure that the new office equipment carries an ENERGY STAR rating. It has been found that workplace desktops operating for 8 hours use600 kWh and give out 175 kg of CO2 annually. On the other hand, laptops utilize between 150-300 kWh and emit around 44-88 kg of CO2 per year. Replace the former with the latter! The employees should be asked to turn off the lights, PCs, printers etc. when work time is over.

3. Adopt Waste Recycling Completely

Facts: When you recycle a plastic bottle, you conserve energy that can light up a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours. It also leads to 20% lesser air pollution. Moreover, recycling one ton of cardboard boxes prevents 4 tons of CO2 emissions. This means recycling suppresses the carbon footprint of a workplace.

So, now is the time that the corporate HR Managers adopt the 3R’s – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Setting up an office recycling program can also do the trick. A Mumbai based startup Skrap (www.skrap.in) looks into the implementation of this program in offices. Perform a waste audit to get an idea of the quantity and nature of the waste being produced at your workplace. Later, recycling points can be provided for different wastes like aluminium cans, food waste, plastic refuse, etc.

Placing mini recycling trays on desks and putting up creative recycling posters are also good ways to involve staff in the recycling process.

4. Rethink About Everyday Commute

Facts: Transport is held accountable for 1/5th of global carbon emissions. During 2014, road transport was mainly responsible for 90% of the GHG emissions. Also, for every litre of fuel burnt inside a car engine, more than 2.5 kg of CO2 is released.

Green Human Resource Management (GHRM) ties environmental management with human resource management. As such, the HR Managers following GHRM can rethink how their employees travel to the office. Walking, cycling and car-pooling are important for reducing carbon footprint. Choosing a bicycle over a car for short trips can decrease emissions by around 75%. If you have to travel given the importance reduce carbon footprint by urging each employee to carry say a ecological travel box curated by Mumbai based eco startup – www.ksamah.com (Save Trees, water on the go). Organize more virtual meetings instead of in-person gatherings, if meetings involve long-distance travels. Working remotely has its benefits for the environment. For example, if you decide to work from home for half a week, you can reduce GHG emissions by 54 million tons per year.

5. Do Corporate Gifting in an Eco-Friendly Way

Facts: In 2013, the normal gift cards had 5,85,300 tons of annual carbon footprint. Contrary to this, bamboo-made products are better gifting options as they are environmentally friendly and degrade within 4 years. Bamboo produces 30% more oxygen and lowers the level of GHGs.

A Mumbai based startup www.KSAMAH.com is into sustainable corporate boxes and also curates sustainable ecological boxes for employees of companies encouraging each one to reduce the carbon footprint. 

Special occasions such as employee anniversaries, megaproject completion, new hires, at the workplace can be used to create a positive environmental impact. Green plants have an aesthetic value and add natural elegance to a workspace. Presenting such valuable unrefined tokens also help in instilling environmental consciousness among office members.

Knit sustainability into the core of your organization by developing an eco-friendly way of corporate gifting to each employee. For instance, explore organic gifting options like Ksamah eco-friendly office boxes. These products focus on zero-waste practice, minimize the carbon footprint at one go, and direct towards office sustainability.

Final Note

Planet Earth is our ‘Home’. It is warming at an unprecedented rate. Carbon footprint is a looming culprit behind it. Major liability is entrusted to the corporates when it comes to shrinking carbon footprint. Within corporates, the HR Managers can govern the cycles of carbon emissions while employing stringent policies and taking immediate steps.

Finally…..

“Building corporations is a dream of many. Running corporations on the line of sustainability with negative carbon emissions should be the vision of everybody.”

incubees article

Pragati Dhanuka is the founder of KSAMAH. KSAMAH aims to inspire people to purchase aspirational Eco-friendly alternatives to live a more healthy and natural lifestyle, also, give the earth a chance it deserves. Pragati was in conversation with Susparsha Gaikwad, Assistant Editor at incubees.com.

Featured By eMagazine – Incubees. You can read more @ Incubees.com.

LBB article

The complexities of leading a more sustainable life have been reduced with the rise of more and more brands in the market that care about our impact on the environment. Ksamah is an online brand based in Mumbai that makes a wide range of sustainable wearable and utilitarian products. This is a brand that genuinely cares about reducing our carbon footprint by making sure their products are biodegradable and eco-friendly.

Featured By Magazine – LBB.in. You can read more @ LBB.in / Hyderabad.

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Ksamah (pronounced as sha-ma-h), is derived from a Sanskrit word which means ‘pure As god’. Kickstarted in August 2020, this homegrown brand was sowed on the seeds of zero-waste, sustainability and organic. Specialising in eco-friendly boxes, the good peeps at Ksamah are on a mission to offer sustainable alternatives in our daily lives and make it more healthy and natural.

Featured By Magazine – LBB.in. You can read more @ LBB.in / Mumbai

Zero Waste Living – Climate Reality!!

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You all must have heard about going zero waste. Some of you might even be Eco-warriors or eventually, want to be one. In the latter case knowing about zero waste and implementing it becomes crucial. 

The covid pandemic brought about a great deal of awareness to everyone about the environmental impact of human settlement. One thing is clear- “We need to respect the natural cycle.”

Okay, so let’s start with what zero waste really is. Firstly, you must credit Paul Palmer for coming up with the term zero-waste way back in the 1970s.

Secondly, exact definitions may vary, but to put it simply, zero waste is a method of waste management and prevention wherein reuse and recycling of all products are encouraged. 

The main aim is that no waste should be left to burn or be sent to landfills. 

So, first by starting to reuse all the extra waste that we produce and eventually when that is all used up, producing only what is required so as not to produce any waste in the first place. In an ideal zero-waste system all the materials will be reused until the optimum level of consumption.

Effective waste management is one the most impactful things you can do to improve your day-to-day activities or even your business operations while simultaneously achieving your sustainability goals, and controlling your waste costs, which tend to go up every year.

One of the simplest ways to reduce excess waste is by switching plastic products with eco-friendly products that don’t clog up the oceans or landfills. Eco-friendly alternatives may include products made of bamboo, hemp, jute, rice husk fiber, etc.

Bamboo is the most interesting one amongst all the aforementioned options as it is the most versatile. It has countless uses and just like plastic it can be used almost anywhere without having to worry about its sturdiness.

Let’s discuss the benefits of Bamboo.

Not only can bamboo grow three or four feet in a single day but also has greater strength than maple. Bamboo has more compressive strength than concrete and the same strength-to-weight ratio as steel. Which is absolutely mind-boggling!

Replenished from an intricate network of roots, a stalk of bamboo grows to its maximum height of around 80 feet within just two months. After this, it begins to thicken; the walls of each hollow stalk grow harder and denser as its soft internodes convert into fibrous cellulose.

Although there are over a thousand species of bamboo, Moso is the one perfect for manufacturing into our beautiful, durable products. When it is ready for harvest, organically grown Moso bamboo is cut and carried out of the forest on foot by family farmers. This gentle harvesting method sustains the grove’s delicate root system for future growth. 

Moso bamboo is also not part of the Panda’s diet or habitat. It works out perfectly for us as we wouldn’t want to deprive those beautiful creatures of their food.

And because it is durable and attractive, bamboo is also the best alternative to cutting tropical rainforests for their exotic hardwoods. 

Finally, the gentler cultivation methods (no artificial pesticides, no clear-cutting, and replanting) used to grow bamboo is less disruptive to the birds that naturally make their homes in bamboo groves.

It isn’t just a case of something becoming trendy, the way beards and owls did when hipsters began defining our aesthetic preferences. Bamboo has a number of properties that make it a legitimately great resource for our environment.

Unlike hardwood trees like oaks, a bamboo plant can grow back after it’s been harvested. It can grow quickly, up to a yard a day. Its roots can absorb, or leach, metals from the soil, making the land it’s growing healthier for animals and other plants.

It also doesn’t need a lot of nutrients to grow, so it doesn’t require the heavy use of chemical fertilizers that are seen with other crops.

Once bamboo plants are older and well-established, their roots can hold soil in place and prevent it from washing away in storms, which keeps healthy topsoil that’s good for growing crops in places where farmers need it.

Bamboo appears to be even more efficient than other trees at removing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

If you all have been fascinated by bamboo just like I was when I first learnt about it and would love to help save the planet, then you should check out our lovely Home Box which consists of daily use products made from the finest bamboo out there. 

It has a bamboo-made toothbrush, rice fiber-made cutlery, napkins, soap, shampoo, etc. It is the best way to contribute to saving our planet just by sitting at home. Maybe even tell your friends about us and enable them to save the planet too!

Here’s the link to our Home Box: https://ksamah.com/product/ksamah-ecological-home-box/

You can also check out our other bamboo made products here: www.ksamah.com

FUN FACT

Do you know wealthier people produce more carbon pollution than poor people? 

Here is the fact: It is found that during this period: The richest 10 percent (approx. 630 million people) accounted for over half (52 percent) of the carbon dioxide emissions. The richest one percent accounted for 15 percent of emissionsmore than twice that of the poorest half of humanity (7 percent). 

– Pratiksha More

(On request for KSAMAH)

Ksamah believes in lifestyle changes through

eco-friendly products to avert Earth’s crisis.

Climate Change Is Real

climate crisis

A usual day at Emma’s house when her father John is watching the news on Television. She hears the word ‘climate change’ and asks “dad, we all know that the weather changes every few months, then why is it in the news? Isn’t it normal?” Emma’s father smiles and says “climate change is not the change in weather from summer to winter and so on, it is a huge problem these days. Have you heard of global warming?” Emma replies “yes, I have. It is the rise in Earth’s temperature making it warmer”. “Yes, you’re absolutely correct, that is one aspect of Climate Change” says Emma’s father. Emma is curious to know more and starts watching the news with her dad but because she is still not very clear with the concept, she gets confused. After the news program is over, she requests her dad to explain Climate Change to her. John is very impressed to see his daughter’s interest in such topics. John starts explaining Climate Change to Emma ; “I’m sure you must have heard of terms like coal, natural gas and oil. These are called fossil fuels. Over the years, fossil fuels have been used excessively which is the main contributor to Climate Change”. Emma listens to her dad very carefully and asks him examples of how Climate Change has affected the earth. Her father says “Yes, I will tell you about how our planet has been affected but first there are a few more activities that have contributed to climate change like, Deforestation which means clearing a wide area of trees to make way for human activities such as infrastructural development, mining,
dam construction etc. Another contributor is Greenhouse Gas Emission, the rise in the level of Carbon Dioxide has lead to Climate Change”. “Now let us talk about how Climate Change has affected the earth. Increase of rainfall, shrinking of ice, rising sea levels and rapidly changing sea levels are some of the effects of Climate Change that the world has already seen. Emma is worried about her planet and wants to save it, she asks her father how she can help. Her father tells her that using more of renewable resources, planting more trees, using biodegradable goods can help positively but for this everyone should contribute. Emma tells her dad that she will share this important piece of information with her friends at school so they can contribute their bit to reduce Climate Change and Save The World.

– Janhavi Khanna

(On request for KSAMAH)

Ksamah believes in lifestyle changes through

eco-friendly products to avert Earth’s crisis.

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