World Environment Day (June 5) was bigger this year than ever before. Practically every socially responsible company marked the day with an eco-friendly initiative.
Free pollution check on World Environment Day
On the occasion of World Environment Day, Maruti Suzuki is offering free pollution check and complimentary dry wash for its customers. The offer is valid till June 10, 2019. Talking about the environment friendly initiative, Partho Banerjee, Executive Director, Service, Maruti Suzuki India said, “Dry wash at our dealer workshops help us do our bit to give back to the society. We request over 18 million customers, who visit our workshops every year, to opt for dry wash and help conserve water for our coming generations.”
Dry wash system has helped to reduce the washing time, improve the final wash quality and reduce water consumption. The focus has been in major cities where water scarcity is prevalent. The top six cities – Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, Nagpur and Chennai – helped to save maximum water to the tune of 160 million litres in 2018-19.
Recycled laundry bags
To celebrate World Environment Day, co-working space The Daftar decided to reach out to every household in their vicinity through the local laundry wallas. The idea is to encourage everyone to use recycled newspaper in the form of bags instead of burning or dumping them.
The process of burning and dumping newspapers along with other garbage results in a huge amount of air pollution every day. A great way to reduce the toxins mixing in the air is by starting to recycle everything we can.
In making this drive a success, The Daftar bought a large number of paper bags from Mitti Ke Rang, an NGO that works towards the betterment of widowed women by providing them employment in the city. These multi-purpose laundry bags were distributed for free to several housing societies through young volunteers and local laundry services.
The iconic Fatehsagar lake stands as the lifeline of tourism for the city of Udaipur and is also a prime source of drinking water for the locals. The present condition of the lake, with its sinking water storage capacity, made it imperative that urgent steps are taken for the lake’s revival and sustainable management.
Hindustan Zinc, on World Environment Day, has come forward with a pledge to revive the iconic Fatehsagar Lake in Udaipur. The water sustainability initiative in the city of lakes is being undertaken in association with Urban Development Trust (UIT). Under the month long project, Fatehsagar Lake will be desilted by 2 – 2.5 lakh cubic meter, thus paving the way for long term water solution in the region and conserving the local flora and fauna.
Moreover, the city of Udaipur has witnessed excessive dumping of raw sewage into its famous lakes, reports Udaipur Times. The continuous dumping has unfortunately put tremendous pressure on the ecosystem around the lake waters. In order to address the issue of sewage dumping, Hindustan Zinc has set-up Udaipur’s first 20 million litres per day (MLD) Sewage Treatment Plant (STP). The company now aims to treble the capacity of the STPs to 60 MLD, from the present 20MLD, which will treat more than half of the sewage generated by the entire city.
Recycling waste paper
Oxford University Press India (OUPI) has pledged to continue working towards reducing its carbon footprints through its paper recycling initiative. Says Sivaramakrishnan V, Managing Director, Oxford University Press, “OUPI in 2016 formed a partnership with Jaagruti, a private organization working in the field of paper recycling and since then, the organization has recycled all the waste paper in its Delhi-NCR offices. This waste is recycled to produce notepads and A4 paper that are used across OUP India offices. Since 2016, OUP India has recycled over 15 tonnes of waste paper equivalent to saving of 255 trees, 420,496 litres water, 26,280 litres oil & 61,155 KW hours of energy.”
On World Environment Day, the Mahindra Group reinforced its commitment toward the environment with the announcement of #CelebrateDifferently. Mahindra’s new initiative aims to motivate citizens to plant a tree to celebrate the joyous milestones in their lives.