RINI MUKKATH explores eco-friendly alternatives for wood, bricks and electricity that can help reduce waste and preserve natural resources
The journey from bee-hives to your door, may seem a bit bizarre but the team behind HonECOre has made this possible. These doors are made of high quality paper honeycomb which are extremely lightweight, eco-friendly and durable. The doors predominantly have wooden frames at the perimeter sandwiched with different faces like moisture resistant ply, MDF or HDF to form a lightweight structure of engineered design.
“It is a product made from recycled honeycomb paper and eco-friendly adhesive and is 100% bio-degradable, non-polluting and very eco-friendly. It replaces other options like wood and EPS in their respective applications while preserving the key virtues of their usage. Using a HonECOre door means you are saying yes to green-living. We use only treated recycled paper to make these doors,” says Praveen Crasta, managing director of Lsquare Eco-Products Pvt. Ltd.
Solar power unlike oil does not emit any greenhouse gases nor does the its acquirement harm ecosystems through spills or dredging. Once solar panels or solar thermal collectors are set up, no electrical expenses are necessary to power them. Although solar cells are still not particularly cheap, the technology is improving, and will only continue to get better as the cost of other forms of power increase. At the recently held Light Show 2012 organised by K-LITE, futuristic trends in lighting were showcased and there was an emphasis on green-lighting, “The cost of solar panels is high but with increase in demand, it is coming down.
Solar and LED
Solar and LED is the way to go and it's a good combination to have, when one chooses to have green lighting,” says Dilip Kumbhat, managing director of K-LITE. Solar lighting using LED is also a great option for rural areas, gardens and residential properties, “The basic and underlying principle is that the sun rays incident on photo voltaic cells produce electricity (direct current),which is stored in a battery and this power in the battery is used for lighting the lantern,” Kumbhat adds.
Most often people tend to pay very little attention to the walls when building a house and what kind of material goes into its making seems a rather arbitrary choice, but this has to change. Wienerberger India manufactures Porotherm, horizontally perforated clay bricks that are made from natural clay, which is sourced from de-silting of dead water tanks. Porotherm is environment friendly and free from toxic gases and fumes that can cause allergies and other health problems. Porotherm is available in the following sizes; 8 / 6 / 4 inches (width) x 16 inches (length) for different wall thicknesses.