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EAI is proud to launch E2Expo, India’s first dedicated online expo for energy and environment sectors.

With clean energy and environment fast becoming vital industrial sectors for the sustainability of our planet, there has been a significant business momentum too for these sectors.

In the past few years, there have been many hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of Indian entrepreneurs and businesses who have invested in the energy and environment sectors. In addition, the existing companies have also expanded their offerings and solutions.

On the consumer front, an increasing number of Indian consumers and businesses are adopting green and clean solutions for their factories, offices and homes. These end users are keen to identify and interact with the right vendors from whom they can purchase the solutions.

In order to assist both the vendors and end users of clean energy and environment, EAI, India’s leading clean energy & cleantech consulting firm, has launched a unique online service – E2Expo.

E2Expo is a dedicated online platform for promotion of energy and environment solutions. Companies can provide details of their solutions at E2Expo in an attractive format that has been modelled on exhibition stalls. The businesses listed at E2Expo thus get the twin benefits:

  • Exhibit their solutions and offerings in an attractive manner
  • Get relevant traffic and enquiries for their solutions

Best of all, listing at E2Expo is FREE.

If you are interested in getting high visibility for your energy or environment solution at India’s 1st online expo, talk to Dharini – Mobile: 8098525058 or send a note to her – dharini@e2expo.com

We look forward to having you at E2Expo!

More about E2Expo from www.e2expo.com 

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Packaging revolution is one phenomenon that has made some really dramatic difference to your lives. Imagine how miserable we would be without packaging of all sorts.

But such packaging comfort has come with its own ills.

Now how can you and I be more sustainable in our packaging while at the same time not losing our comfort?

Simple – there are a number of ways in which you can dramatically reduce your packaging footprint

Sustainable packaging can take different forms:

  • Doing with less packaging
  • Doing with packaging the material of which can be reused multiple times
  • Doing with packaging materials that are eco friendly

Some quick ideas:

  • User natural material for those products that can easily be packaged in these
  • If you purchase a good amount of products packed in plastics, perhaps you can try to reuse these to the the extent possible.
  • BYOB
  • Purchase a nice metal water bottle – there are some really groovy water bottles available – and then carry it with you to while you travel. While you might not completely do away with plastic bottled water, where clean water is available (airports, theaters, parks etc), you can fill in the water bottles with clean water. It is quite easy to cut down the amount of plastic bottle use by just this method alone.
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Want to go real light on natural resources?

Who doesn’t have that guilty feeling every time they use plastic, that they are polluting the earth!

But the fact is, plastics are useful and are not easy to replace for some applications.

For a few other applications, there are products made from bio-materials such as bagasse and rice husk that are completely biodegradable.

For some applications, bioplastics (plastics made from natural resources such as corn) present a technically viable alternative, though bioplastics are 4-5 times as costly as their conventional counterparts.

So, if you really wish to go light on resources, here are some stuff anyone can do any day, without compromising your comfort.

  • BYOB – if you thought taking your own bag is a difficult thing, not at all.
  • For parties, if you are looking for disposable foodware, try bio-based (not bioplastic) foodware that are made from bagasse, arecanut leaves, rice husk etc. These cost a bit more than plastic disposables, but not as much as bioplastics.
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Dryers and washing machines are some of the worst energy guzzlers.

It makes a heck of a lot of sense for you to spend time to figure out how to minimize their use.

Just imagine: If each household reduces the use of dryer and washing machine each by about 15 minutes every day, that would be about 2 kWh per household. If 500 million households could accomplish this reduction, that would be about 1 billion kWh reduced per day, or about 400 billion kWh reduced per year.

The world uses about 6 TW of electricity capacity, that is 6000 GW. At about 4 billion kWh per GW, that would be about 24,000 billion kWh of total electricity used globally every year. The above action alone would cut down the world’s electricity consumption by about 1.5% – a stunning feat.

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Plastics disposal – this is a headache in many, many cities.

Now, there are some times you need to use plastics. In many, many applications, the use of plastics is not going to go away for decades to come.

Don’t believe the treehuggers – no, bioplastics will not solve the plastics problem any time soon. As of 2017, bioplastics constituted just over 1% of total plastic sector, and this number will probably be 5% by 2025. That is, even by 2025, plastics will comprise 95% of the total polymers being used.

Only know this – there are no foolproof solutions to plastics use right now. The smartest ways by which you can contribute to reduced plastic use is to avoid unnecessary use of plastics (say by using cloth bags etc) and by depositing any disposable plastics you use in the right bins be they at home or outside.

The worst mistake you can do with any plastic you use is to throw them carelessly on the ground – there is every chance this will end up under the ground and be there for ever.

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We adults are OK.

Well, not exactly OK, but well, here we are.

How much we can change ourselves is a question mark.

Sure, we can follow many of the easy ideas shared in this book; sure, we can make some difference. But whether we adults, with our current perspectives and practices can make a disruptive difference, is doubtful.

But I will tell you critters who can make a real difference

The KIDS!

When you look at the kids, you are looking at a clean slate, well, an almost clean slate.

Their brains can yet be wired differently. Their minds can yet be moulded differently.

Who knows, if the moulding and wiring happen in such a way that they can design, process and do things very differently from the way adults can, it can be world changing.

Seriously.

Spend some time every week telling the kids about environment and sustainability

Kids, once they get convinced, develop it into a habit. And they talk and convince their friends to do it. Pretty soon, every kid in the town is doing it.

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Smart homes.

Smartphone apps and alerts.

IoT.

What have all the above got to do with saving the world?

Well, they do.

Because through a combination of the above, we can easily and efficiently manage our home energy consumption.

Essentially, through a combination of sensors, software and the Internet, you can control and manage your energy equipments in your home from wherever you are.

So, if you are in your room and wish to dim the light in your child’s room for 30 minutes, you can do so without getting out of your bed or chair.

So, what exactly are you waiting for?

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We are not aristocrats. Or the pope. To use things or wear things just once and throw them away.

Reuse stuff to the extent possible.

Better for your environment. Even better for your pocket.

Wear stuff many, many times. Use stuff many, many times.

Sure, this may not be the stuff Amazon might be telling you. They might want you to buy the latest stuff – the latest iPhone, the latest shoes, the latest bag.

Sure, enjoy.

But surely you can enjoy responsibly?

Besides, over buying leads to clutter in your house. It does this in my house. It does this in my friends’ and relatives’ house.

Unless you house follows different laws of physics and materials, it will clutter your house too.

Reuse stuff. Buy a bit less.

Go to bed a more satisfied man or woman.

And you will thank me for saving a packet.

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Sure, there are guys who spread all kinds of rumours.

I have heard many times that all plastics are toxic. I have been told even by well educated folks that if I kept drinking from a plastic bottle, there is a high chance I will get cancer.

But when I did independent research and spoke to many objective scientists, I found that, for most plastics, there’s little or no evidence that they contain toxins beyond the hazardous threshold.

So there’s surely fear mongering going on, by vested interests.

But that does not absolve all the plastics and other chemicals you use.

There are fairly authentic/genuine facts and studies that have proven the toxicity and other harmful effects in a whole range of household chemicals that we use every day.

Don’t believe me?

Sure, go ahead. When you will you believe me? When you are just about dying?

Replacing a number of things at home with toxic chemicals with natural and safe stuff is a great way to protect ourselves – forget about the environment for a moment!

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Take a bow to whoever originally thought up rain water harvesting.

What a simple idea that can make such a big difference!

Why let off water that can be used when you desperate need it?

Rainwater harvesting systems are simple to implement, robust, and can help your house be water secure even during water crisis elsewhere.

This one time expense and effort can save tons and tons of water, and more important, give you water security if your household depends on groundwater at your location!

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