Our understanding of sustainability bests aligns with what David Suzuki quoted -
"Our choices at all levels—individual, community, corporate and government—affect nature. And they affect us."
It is not just about the growth of industry, but also co-nurturing nature with our own prosperity- is the agenda. Sustainability is not only about the company’s environmental policy, nor about a global liability, but it is the matter of heart, love and care. That is the reason why, when someone gets too serious with business we tell them-
“In our premise, we consider another definition for a 'tender', like a 'tender' leaf.” ;-)
Painting Hues of Green
After relocating our campus on 2002, we started taking many little steps to improve the surroundings. We diversified the campus by planting tress of various types. Now we have a thick canopy of trees surrounding our front side. We also have small 'Areca nut' plantation practiced as a mixed plantations with other tropical and sub-tropical trees. Apart from this, we also experiment with planting and cultivating spices.
Greenery on the front side
A mini-tropical plantation
Nothing can be more bewitching than the site of blooming flowers; so we also have two little floral gardens in front of the campus. Hanna Rion in her book 'Let's Make a Flower Garden' says –
"The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses."
The greenery we created not just pleases human senses, but now it is a home for many birds, butterflies, little and big wonders of nature. Apart from these apparent environmental benefits, trees also serve as passive measures to control sound pollution in addition to our active measures.
Finally, a wise quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr-
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."
One inherently good thing about our industry is that we have very minimal amounts air or water waste. Even a little waste water we generate is reused by diverting it as irrigation water.
Solid waste generally comprises of discarded food ingredients of various types and we have followed several different strategies to reuse the discarded food waste. Since, many spices have inherent anti-microbial properties; we have used it as compost for our gardens and plantations. We do not use any sort of pesticides or fertilizers to sustain greenery in our campus, but rely on natural methods of control (a.k.a. biocontrol) . For us, recycling is not an environmental policy, but a creative ingenuity.
“The purpose - where I start - is the idea of use. It is not recycling, it's reuse.”- Issey Miyake
In ancient India people believed that spending time under fig trees, has many benefits. In our campus, we have created a small recreational arrangement surrounding an old fig tree. And it’s so delightful to spend some moments in nature, and no one can put this better than William Shakespeare -
“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”
A recreational arrangement around old fig tree
A view from the roadside
During monsoons, we also harvest rain water to increase the seepage of water and store additional water for our plantation. Our entire campus is painted using water-based paints (not acrylic emulsions) because we take utmost care to keep surroundings as natural and chemical-free as possible.
We would wind up this section by quoting famous ecologist Aldo Leopold,
“Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.”