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.

More Than 80% Diseases Are Waterborne

Water is the greatest gift given by the nature. A man can live without food, but it cannot live without water because water plays a significant role to facilitate various functions of the body like digestion, metabolism and excretion of waste, but contaminated water or the poor quality of water is one of the serious problems in the world.Water Testing Las

Water borne diseases, including gastrointestinal, reproductive and neurological disorders are generally occurring by drinking water contaminated with bacteria, parasites and viruses. These microorganisms passed through the feces of animal and infected people.  Anyone can be affected, but pregnant women, kids, old peoples are more prone to these serious problems. Contamination may also occur due to flood waters, septic fields, and water runoff from landfills, and sewer pipes.

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Various Water-Borne Diseases Are:

Polio, malaria, cholera, dengu, malaria, typhoid, anaemia, botulism, fluorosis, trachoma, hepatitis, diarrhea, giardiasis, ascariasis, trichuriasis, arsenicosis, malnutrition, legionellosis, Leptospirosis, Schistomiasis, Dracunculiasis, Onchocerciasis, Lead poisoning, Cryptosporiodiosis, Campylobacteriosis, Lymphatic filariasis, Hookworm infection, Ring Worm or Tinea, Methaemoglobinemia, Cyanobacterial toxins, Japanese encephalitis.

The one possible way to prevent the transmission of waterborne illnesses is to improve the lifestyle and practice for good hygienic behavior.

  • Sanitation
  • Drinking Water
  • Bathing Facilities
  • Washing Facilities

Take prevention and you can save yourself, friends, family and people in your surroundings with these diseases:

  • Wash fruits and vegetables before consumption.
  • Only consume pasteurized dairy products like milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream including fruit and vegetable juices.
  • Properly cook all meat products and avoid the contact of cooked food with the raw one.
  • Before and after use thoroughly clean the utensils, equipments and surfaces.
  • Frequent and careful washing of hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Always wash hands after handling animals and gardening.
  • Always use a clean and disinfected toilet.
  • Wash hands while preparing and having food.
  • If are sick, then avoid cooking food.
  • Drinking water should be free from contamination and avoid drinking water from the outside source like ice, tap water, lakes, rivers, ponds, springs and shallow wells to prevent risk of contamination.
  • Routinely test of drinking water for Coliform and E.coli should also be done.

Spectro Analytical Lab offers all the facilities and instruments for testing quality and all the safety parameters related to water. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Idol Immersion Polluting Indian Waters

Idol Immersion Polluting Indian WatersEnvironmentalists & Scientists are concerned about the water pollution caused due to immersion of Idols during festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja Celebrations all over India. One look to assess the harmful effects of this practice has proved to be an eye opener to many. WATER is the elixir of life referred as nature, polluting it with our activities is the most devastating situation we are creating for ourselves.

Immersing idols in the rivers we treat as Gods gives a shocking evidence of how we are polluting our lakes & rivers. Festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi & Durga Puja involves processions which gathers large amount of crowd who bother little about the effects caused due to immersing idols & dumping garlands & non biodegradable waste in & near the river banks.

During the immersion articles such as flowers, polythene bags, foam, decorations, metal polish, plastic sheets, and cosmetic items are thrown into the water adding to the already caused damage.

Tests carried out from the samples of water collected from these banks, gives a report of these idols as a major source of contamination & sedimentation. The parameters tested during the analysis of water pre & post immersion are BOD (Biological Oxygen Demand), COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand), Total Dissolved solids, Dissolved Oxygen and pH in addition to analysis of Heavy metals. Continue reading “Idol Immersion Polluting Indian Waters”