This post is triggered by a photo posted on FaceBook by my friend, Rajeesh Thankappan.
Here’s the message so that everyone can read it carefully:
“approx 14,400 paper glasses….
I am working in my office…and there’s a paper glass lying on the water dispenser right outside my department. It serves me every time i need to quench my thirst. As the shift progresses, I see people moving along the glass door, and a pile of used glasses accumulating in the dustbin there. People take a sip and throw it away. But my glass still remains there. It’s still good enough for a full day’s use.
A simple calculation has helped me realize that i have manged to save roughly 14k paper glasses in the last 6 years. Feels gud !
A small contribution can make a big difference for each of us and for our future generations. So please do your bit too!!”
I was touched when I saw this message. Something that in our every day life, people tend to forget. By saving 14000 glasses, do we have an idea of how many trees we have saved? For those who are not aware, a paper glass is made out of paper and is coated with plastic or wax to prevent the liquid from leaking out or soaking through the paper. By saving 14000 cups in 6 years, he has managed to save about 2300 cups a year. In an organization with a minimum of 100 employees, if each employee shows such wisdom, in a year, we’ll save over 233K paper glasses and thus so many trees. Now multiply that into the number of companies that are there in this country. Isn’t it an enormous amount of savings?
But the mentality most people have is,
“Why should I be the one to save?”
“This money is anyway not coming into my pocket.”
My response to this breed is,
“My dear fellas, the money thus saved reflects in your company’s profitability and thus might help the company to provide you with better facilities or give you some raise at some point in time. The trees thus saved will provide enough oxygen to you and your loved ones and will help keep the pollution levels under control reducing your doctor visits, thus saving consultation charges and chemist shop bills.”
It doesn’t stop with paper glasses. People are using facilities in a highly irresponsible manner.
It is the same scenario near the printer where hundreds and hundreds of printed papers are lying without anyone to claim ownership. Tissue papers in the cafeteria as well as the wash-rooms in many organizations and shopping malls are used as if they were like Draupadi’s saree turned into a non-ending robe by Krishna. The water taps that help you get refreshed or quench your thirst, are left running. After all, it takes a lot of effort to turn off the same tap that you opened just minutes ago…isn’t it? It is also a huge task to switch off the lights in the conference room that your just vacated….isn’t it?
Every bit counts.
Every drop counts.
And you! You’re definitely accountable.