Stop Plastic Waste: Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Materials
Although Surya is a fabric producer, exporter, and wholesaler, our dedication to protecting the world’s environment will always be whole and pure. With the team’s broad knowledge of raw materials, climate change matters, and tech-inclined production procedures, we want to share all of them with you.
Whether you are a client or an aspiring business owner, we want all people to be aware of the dangerous side of consumerist behaviour. To guide you, let’s all help each other to protect the planet by learning and taking into practice eco-friendly and sustainable materials.
Why we recycle
Not all things in this world are meant to last forever, and natural resources are prime examples of this matter. In that sense, there are also alternative solutions. The question now is, what happens when the recourse would be exhausted? While adaptation is crucial to surviving, to what degree will this further into?
With what is happening in the world, the problem with natural resources is the practice of exploitation. It is a hostile action birthed by excessive demand leading to extreme production and consumption. This fact enables the over misuse of natural resources to the fullest extent.
When they decrease and are not evenly dispersed, this event leads to inflation and climate change. It stresses the inequity between people (rich and poor) and depleting the world’s life support systems. The more important concern now is, what about the future? Will the next generation be able to live as fortunate as we do today? The answers to these questions are greatly based on our actions today.
As said before, part of mankind’s survival is based on alternative solutions. With the dismal status of the natural resources, coupled with the constant rise of global waste production per year, what the world needs is the utmost awareness. That is why here in Delhi, Surya Laxmi Industries leads the recycling activity for almost a decade now.
About sustainable materials
The idea of the use of sustainable materials is to ensure that the environment is sustained and not harmed by exhausting non-renewable natural resources. Like what was said before, these materials are solutions in supporting the already existing steady-state balance of the world.
The positive side of these materials is that they greatly vary in options. Such examples range from bio-based polymers or reusable materials like glass, paper, cardboard, textiles, batteries, and so on. These are reprocessed in a lot of ways and times without the need to jeopardise limited resources.
Part of Surya’s recycling is the practice of using sustainable materials. That is why our main products are made from non-woven fabric. It is a new type of eco-friendly material known for soft, breathable, repellent, and flexible structure. Above all, it replaces the use of plastic bags.
The global plastic tide
Surya was created out of several inspirations. Among the many reasons is the very evident plastic waste that India faces. Based on the 2018-2019 report of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the country generates an enormous 3.3 million metric tonnes per year.
Despite the danger brought by plastic waste, the world continues to produce them. After all, plastics are versatile, lightweight, flexible, wear and tear resistant, and remarkably cheap. In a word, they are practical in people’s daily activities. That said, they also come at a cost — long-term losses and adverse effects.
Now with several factors concurrently playing altogether, such elements create a perfect concoction in having a lethal nature. First, plastics take quite a long time to degrade. Then, it is followed by the world’s excessive production and consumption. Lastly, the people’s behaviour on incorrect discarding, littering, and polluting aggravate the already-existing worst situation.
The reason why plastics take too long to degrade is that their used materials are not from nature. No natural organisms could fully break them. As a result, they are frequently burned or thrown into the sea, where both are equally disturbing and heartbreaking. The former destroys the world’s atmosphere due to the release of toxic gases, hence causing climate change. The latter, however, affect the marine’s diverse environment, killing the lives of marine animals.
According to the enthralling paper of Claire Le Guern, ‘When the Mermaids Cry: The Great Plastic Tide’, most of the world’s littered plastic wastes are swayed along the shores of the seas. As they are swirled by the sea’s strong currents, they form what researchers call ‘garbage patches’ at the centre of major ocean vortices.
While that case already sounds appalling, the horrendous results are not yet finished. Instead, what baffles scientists, researchers, and eco-activists more today are plastic debris that is beyond the naked eye.
With their dangerous toxic properties, along with their gigantic pile of presence floating in oceans, will there be a bright and healthy future for the next generation? Surya believes that this ever-growing and troubling issue will be resolved. Through a collective effort, let’s start our first steps in knowing which eco-friendly materials to use in the next projects.
Examples of sustainable materials
Replace harmful and synthetic materials with sustainable materials. Such general examples include items that are natural, renewable, and carbon neutral. Most natural resources are finite, but others like iron and aluminium are abundant where they could be recycled in indefinite ways.
In support of this eco-friendly feat, here are prime examples and highly suggested materials to practice.
Bamboos are a diverse group of woody perennial evergreen plants, which have more than 1,000 species identified, studied, and used. These beneficial plants thrive in tropical and temperate environments. They are easy to grow as they do not require pesticides or any chemical fertilisers. When cut, they quickly grow back and mature within three to five years. These features alone make bamboo reliable. Other facts about them why their use is highly encouraged are as follows:
- Growing them does not require irrigation.
- They rarely need replanting.
- With their fast-growing ability, they can be harvested in three to five years.
- They produce 35% more oxygen than most trees.
- They are carbon neutral by cutting off carbon dioxide.
- They are excellent as soil erosion inhibitors.
- They are versatile when it comes to usage and application. They are ideal for building houses, schools, buildings, roads and bridges, and many other possible ways.
The beauty of sustainable materials is that they are versatile and appealing when used correctly. As long as timbre extraction is ethical, and when woods are responsibly and sustainably sourced, they deliver great benefits both to people and the environment. Examples of their positive impact are:
- Woods are renewable if sourced ethically and sustainably.
- Every part of any tree species can be used.
- Whatever species, all trees and wood products store carbon. Even when they are harvested and produced as commercial products, carbon still remains in them.
- The growth of trees in forests serves as flood control, erosion control, and habitat for plants and animals.
- While steel and concrete are often used in the construction sector, they are actually weaker than the structure of woods.
- Since they are more durable, they are ideal for creating houses and commercial buildings.
- Both establishments and residents will benefit from woods, for they are natural insulators. This is due to the air pockets located within the cellular structure.
Hemp (Industrial hemp)
Hemp is a type of cannabis plant that has been used for thousands of years. Its properties are beneficial elements for food, textiles, paper, fabric, and fuel oil. Akin to bamboo, hemp is also one of the fastest-growing plants on Earth. Other notable properties include:
- When used in clothing, hemp is stronger, more durable, and has longer lifespan compared to other natural fabric (even the luxurious linen).
- When used in food and nutrition, hemp seeds and oil are highly nutritious. They are an excellent source of protein, minerals, and dietary fibre, which improve a person’s skin, brain, heart, and other body functions.
- When used as paper, hemp fibre is an alternative material replacing trees and wood products. Its properties make a fine quality, acid-free, and does not brittle over time.
Clay, stone, and sand
The use of clay, stone, and sand has been widely used since prehistoric times. They are commonly applied for construction purposes. Due to their abundance and natural properties, they are sustainable with little to no effort in sourcing and processing them.
Shop at Surya
As the leading non-woven maker in Delhi, supplying to both local and Asian markets, Surya promises to never compromise the quality of its products and services. Not only does this element determine the success of the company, but also the long-standing relationship between the team and customers/partners.
With that repute, you can guarantee that shopping at our business is a worthwhile investment and experience. Find our products here on this page: Quality and Eco-Friendly Products by Surya Laxmi Industries.