Manavata in ENVIRONMENT
Tree Plantation Drives :
Manavata’s Green Belt Movement (GBM) organizes tree plantation drives globally. Volunteers collect seeds, plant them in nurseries and distribute the saplings in local communities. Manavata has planted more than 50, 000 saplings in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat areas in India and abroad as well and is planning to plant 1, 00, 000 plants this year.
Natural Farming Workshops :
Manavata conducts free workshops for farmers emphasizing the benefits of natural farming, on how to make natural farming profitable and growing toxin-free food in their fields. Manavata has conducted workshops in Chittoor, Khammam, East Godavari districts in Andhra Pradesh which have benefited around 400 farmers. Manavata’s Natural Farming Centers serve as model farms and help to educate farmers.
Environment awareness campaign :
Manavata organizes seminars, workshops and campaigns to encourage people to preserve nature, save energy, promote simple living and implement the reduce, reuse and recycle concept.
Be Eco-Friendly & Save Our Mother Earth
About 90 per cent of the waste generated by households is currently being disposed of in landfill sites or incinerators. Yet, if we all take a few simple actions, we could reduce this amount considerably and really make a difference. Recycling saves natural resources, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and reduces emissions of air and water pollutants.
How can you do your bit to help save our planet?
Something that we must bear in mind is that these ideas do need some thought and sometimes a little bit of perseverance. If some of them aren’t practical to your circumstances, just remember that the important thing is to do your best – do what you can!
- Fuel consumption e.g. Don’t drive to places if you can walk. The exercise and fresh air will do you good. Saves you money and fuel.
- Electricity wastage – Turn off any electrical equipment when it’s not in use…..you’d be surprised how many items this applies to!
- Use cloths rather than disposable kitchen roll. Saves you money!
- Plastic Usage – Use canvas shopping bags, say ‘no’ to unwanted plastic carrier bags.
- Stop subscribing to magazines unless you really do have time to read them! You’ll save some money as well.
- Use solar cooker, Food will be nutritious and will save much of Gas.
We can reduce waste by –
- Reducing the packaging waste e.g. buy loose apples rather than those wrapped in plastic on a polystyrene tray, buy refillable packages like fabric conditioner and washing powder
- Buy local produce, spend time for gardening, shop locally so that you can avoid transportation polution.
- Store food in the fridge in a re-usable container rather than wrapping it in cling film or foil
- Avoid using ‘disposables’, goods that are used once and then thrown away. There are products designed to be re-used or have a longer life, like re-chargeable batteries and low energy light bulbs.
- Think before you print! How many times have you printed something and not referred to it again? If you do print, use both sides of a piece of paper.
We can find new uses for our household waste;
- Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposables
- Reuse plastic bags, to help you remember to do this, keep some in your pocket or handbag – they don’t take up much space. It stops you accumulating bags at home.
- If paper has only been written or printed on one side why not use it as scrap paper for messages, notes, lists etc.
- Schools, youth groups etc. will appreciate scrap paper for painting and drawing on.
- old jars can be used for storing all sorts, nails, sugar, pasta etc. or why not decorate them and use as candle holders, pen pots, utensil holders etc.
- Use yogurt pots, plastic bottles etc in the garden to grow seedlings in, or to cover the plants in the winter.
- Make use of old sheets and blankets as household cloths, decorating covers or just as bedding for your pets!
- Use your local library rather than buying books.
84 % of household waste can be recycled, recovered and reprocessed into a new product;
We can recycle by;
- making use of local recycling banks which are located near super markets so that special journeys are not required
- Understand the meaning of bins outside your home.
- Understand how local council works
What can be recycled?
- wood – broken furniture, kitchen units
- garden waste – lawn and hedge clippings
- glass – jam/coffee/sauce jars, wine/drink bottles
- aluminium and steel cans – drinks and food cans
- paper/card/yellow pages
- old clothes
- Recycle your inkjet cartridges
We can buy products that contain recycled materials.
The Mobius Loop….
Many products display the Mobius loop recycling symbol. This indicates the product or packet is either recyclable or contains a recycled material, if there is a percentage stated. It is still up to us to recycle the product.