Jul 2020

Go Green

Basically, going green means to live life, as an individual as well as a community, in a way that is friendly to the natural environmental and is sustainable for the earth.It means contributing towards maintaining the natural ecological balance in the environment, and preserving the planet and its natural systems and resources.


Eco-friendly or nature-friendly are sustainability and marketing terms referring to goods and serviceslaws, guidelines and policies that claim reduced, minimal, or no harm upon ecosystems or the environment. Companies use these ambiguous terms to promote goods and services, sometimes with additional, more specific certifications, such as ecolabels. Their overuse can be referred to as greenwashing. The International Organization for Standardization has developed ISO 14020 and ISO 14024 to establish principles and procedures for environmental labels and declarations that certifiers and eco-labellers should follow. In particular, these standards relate to the avoidance of financial conflicts of interest, the use of sound scientific methods and accepted test procedures, and openness and transparency in the setting of standards.


With climate change and ecological sustainability being one of the biggest challenges in our generation, going green has never been more important. But it can be tough, and as wired as we are, we need all the help that we can get.


It also means taking steps, whether big or small, to minimize the harm you do to the environment (including the carbon footprints you leave behind), as a result of inhabiting this planet.Below are few steps which can be taken by us to go green

  1. Plant a simple backyard garden.  It’s good to remember where our food originates, and it doesn’t have to be huge or complicated.
  2. Switch your lightbulbs to energy efficient types.
  3. Create a homemade compost bin
  4. When it’s time, replace appliances to energy efficient models (look for the “energy star” label).
  5. Stop using disposable bags. Get some reusable bags—my favorites are Flip & Tumble. Or, make your own—they’re insanely easy.
  6. Buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle, and stop buying plastic disposable bottles.
  7. Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot.
  8. Turn off lights when you leave the room.
  9. Don’t turn on lights at all for as long as you can — open your curtains and use natural light.
  10. Drive the speed limit, and combine as many errands as you can in one trip.
  11. Even better, walk or ride a bike for errands two miles or closer.
  12. Support your local economy and shop at your farmer’s market.Research whether you can sign up for local renewable energyfrom your utility company.
  13. Pay your bills online. Not only is it greener, it’s a sanity saver.
  14. Reuse scrap paper.  Print on two sides, or let your kids color on the back side of used paper.
  15. Conduct your own home energy audit.
  16. Make your own household cleaners.
  17. Lower the temperature on your hot water heater.
  18. Unplug unused chargers and appliances.
  19. Repurpose your kids’ artwork.
  20. Collect rainwater, and use it to water your houseplants and garden.
  21. Switch to cloth diapers– or at least combine with disposables (even one cloth diaper per day means 365 fewer disposables in the landfill annually).
  22. Use a menstrual cup for monthly cycles. 35.  Use cloth instead of paper to clean your kitchen.Repurpose old towels and t-shirts and cut them into small cleaning cloths.
  23. Use cloth napkins instead of paper.
  24. Repurpose glass jars as leftover containers and bulk storage, especially in the kitchen.
  25. Donate to—and shop at—thrift stores.  You’ll be recycling perfectly usable items, you’ll be supporting your local economy, and you’ll be saving money.


Prof. Vidya Darvesh
Coordinator BAF Dept

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