Conserve the Natural Resources and save the Planet

The world’s population is increasing day by day and that is why each and every human being has added a significant amount of waste to the surroundings. As the natural resources of our planet earth are less so, we must take care about the conservation of these resources so, that we leave this for the next generations. To conserve the resources recycling is the best option and is also good for the environment because in the process of recycling, new products are manufactured by using the old and the products which are of no use and then converting them back to the new products. Paper, plastic, glass, aluminum cans are some examples that are recycled in greater amount.

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Recycling is Important in a Number of ways:

  • To make the atmospheric environment clean
  • Conservation of Materials
  • To save renewable sources of energy
  • Reduce garbage in landfill sites
  • Helps in reducing water and air pollution
  • Reduce the effects of global warming in the atmosphere

Recycling actually starts from our home because if we are using an older product instead of discarding then we are actually doing recycling. It is basically an idea of reduce, reuse and recycle. Conservation of things is an important aspect of recycling, in this process, less production of garbage will help in reducing the landfill sites that helps in cleaning the environment.

Testing As a growing concern for the environment has become an important issue nationally and globally, more efforts have been in place to sustain our resources. Sustainable materials are of increasing industrial importance. One such material is biodegradable polymers.

Since the interest for using biodegradable plastics has grown exponentially, there have been a number of standards developed for testing the material. ASTM and IS develops various standards that have been used worldwide and provide a foundation for comparisons of data in testing of plastics in various laboratories. Test methods are ASTM D6400 and ASTM D5988-03 for determining compostable plastics and aerobic biodegradation in soil of plastic respectively. This test method was used because it provides clear guidelines to biodegradability and is designed to evaluate aerobic biological reaction. The ASTM D 5998 method used is equivalent to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17556:2003. First process is biodegradability in soil/compost by monitoring CO2 and second by monitoring loss of mass and reduction in physical properties via tensile testing after exposure in UV Light.

We could save our planet by doing a handful of things-

  1. Discard all the waste from the house which is of no use, packaged in an appropriate container such as paper, plastic and glass and send it to the nearest recycling center.
  2. Avoid using plastic bags, plastic papers and plastic container as much as possible.  As these things are non biodegradable in nature will only create pollution in the atmosphere by filling the landfill sites.
  3. Use own reusable bags to buy groceries and purchase only those items having least packaging as a huge amount of money is spent on these packaging materials that ultimately go to the landfill sites.
  4. Limit the use of disposable things like disposable utensils made up of plastic and Styrofoam.

Spectro Analytical Lab offers all the facilities and instruments for analyzing the safety parameters of air and water quality. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Biodegradable plastics- A Boon for Planet

Plastics are the polymers of carbons that created artificially and its waste is a huge cause of pollution on the earth that held responsible for disturbing the food chain by choking natural water bodies, killing land, air and aquatic animals. Plastic bags are used to carry goods, food articles, wrapping and disposal things, but the disposal of these plastic bags is very difficult and is a serious issue for the environment because plastics when buried in the soil take about 500 years and many more years for breaking down into the atmosphere and if burnt they release poisonous chemicals like dioxins. Now this is our responsibility to stop the use of plastics such as plastic bottles, bottle caps, carry bags etc.

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Start using biodegradable plastic is the best possible way to avoid this huge problem. Biodegradable plastic means, it is fully decomposed within half year or 6 months, but this degradation process starts only when the plastic material comes in contact with soil and landfill. On burning this type of plastic materials release toxic fumes and hence, such practice are always discouraged. There are three different types of biodegradable plastics manufactured from various technologies such as PLA (Poly Lactic Acid based plastic), oxo-degradable plastic and starch-based plastic, that can be used for food storage, transportation, building and construction, that reduce the use of plastics in the daily life. But the use and manufacturing of biodegradable plastics is still in infancy stage and are not belong to our country. So, there is an urgent need to develop some innovative and cost-effective concepts that are based on enzyme technologies.

Microorganisms present into the atmosphere degrade these types of plastics by the process of oxidation and produce humus that further converted into carbon dioxide, moisture, methane and biomass.

It is very important for the government to do complete ban on manufacturing, sale, storage, usage, import, export and transport of all kinds of plastics and plastic carry bags. Further, it is advised to publicize the use and great benefits of biodegradable plastics on human health and the environment by the government. Moreover, people should be encouraged in this regard for implementing such type of products in their lifestyle in order to save the planet, Earth from toxic and hazardous chemicals by organizing workshops, seminars, campaigns etc.

Spectro Analytical Lab offers all the facilities and instruments for chemical and quality testing of the products that contain harmful substances. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

SEM: Another Triumph by Spectro

Spectro has added another advancement in its scope. We have procured the most sophisticated tabletop Scanning Electron Microscope; Hitachi TM3000, which has wide range of magnification i.e. 15x to 30,000x. SEM is employed for elemental analysis, identifying chemical and physical defects as well as the surface features. We have escalated a step further to test an immense array of Metals, Ceramics, Composite Materials, Glass, Fibers, Polymers, Electronic Materials and various other materials. Continue reading “SEM: Another Triumph by Spectro”