Non-stick pans with natural ceramic layer made of minerals instead of plastics. Thermolon does not release toxic fumes, blister or peel even at 450 degrees C, contrary to ordinary non-stick pans.
Turn all your kitchen scraps into organic, slow release liquid fertilizer easily and without smell! Add your scraps and a little bran to the bucket and walk away. The microbes will do all of the work.
Choose Energy Star qualified dishwashers. On average they are 10% more energy efficient and 12% more water efficient than standard models.
Save water with low flow taps – it’s not only good for the environment, the savings in your utility bills will pay for the cost of the taps within a few months. From then on, you enjoy continued savings.
Remove chlorine, lead and harmful contaminants and enjoy clean, fresh water – using low cost technology and zero energy.
Save water even while the tap is on. These water saving faucets deliver both water efficiency and adequate flow.
W+W is the fusion of washbasin and water closet in one piece. The delicate and innovative technology re-uses the discarded water from the washbasin to flush the lavatory – saving water and your wallet.
Cleaning products made of plant-based and mineral ingredients that naturally care for your skin, are completely biodegradable and have minimum impact on aquatic life.
Choose this iron with the auto steam control handle that knows the optimum amount of steam needed to iron. The handle has a unique censor that produces more steam when you intuitively put more force to get rid of stubborn creases. When the handle is not pressed, the technology limits the output of steam and saves energy.
When shopping for appliances, look for an ENERGY STAR label (for energy-efficiency). Adding just one of these products to your home helps you live a greener life and save money.
Use water based paints for your walls that are low on VOCs. VOCs are solvent and petrochemical additives that evaporate from paint during manufacturing and application, and degrade your indoor air quality through pollution.
Reduce up to 90% energy consumption compared to normal halogen bulbs. LED bulbs can last for more than 25,000 hours, require no maintenance and do not produce heat. The color of the light can be customized - white cold light for the business environment and warm light for the home.
When you buy a new Television choose one that incorporates LED technology to reduce your electricity bill and your carbon emissions. Often the LED televisions are made of materials that are easier to recycle. Choose one that has a low stand-by power consumption.
Synonymous with timeless design, Vitra takes a cradle to cradle approach in the manufacture of its home and office furnitures. Using a high proportion of recycled materials, like polyester yarn, these eco-friendly furnitures are manufactured with low VOC (volatile organic compounds) glues and adhesives, safer for your health. The company's manufacturing also includes high end waste management programs and the use of renewable energy on site.
Swap fossil fuels for the abundant natural energy of the sun. Install solar panels on your roof. It will reduce your electricity bill too.
Consider pollution-free solar garden lights. Made of silicon wafers, light energy is captured to become soft, diffused light when the sun goes down. Place these stand-alone lights anywhere in your garden or outside area, they are without cabling and inbuilt photo sensors automatically switch them on and off between night and day.
Go ahead and make one more change because change is instinctive. It is a realisation that we can have an impact.
The Change Initiative is making an effort to equip people to make responsible lifestyle choices. It is an exciting new one stop destination, providing sustainable solutions for the community, business and government. These include a carefully selected range of household products, appliances and building solutions that combine technology and good design. From ideas to improve insulation and lessen energy use, to eco-friendly furniture, paints and fashion accessories, The Change Initiative delivers products that are stylish and ecologically sound.
The Change Initiative promises to deliver sustainability easily, and with style.
To inspire people to integrate sustainability into their day-to-day lives.
To become the world's first and largest supply chain dedicated to sustainable human development.
Loek Malmberg is Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Change Initiative. He also serves as Chairman of the Skagen Group, a diversified business conglomerate with stakes in the global security firm G4S, formerly Group 4 Securicor, Danish Yachts, Ecover, and numerous small to medium-sized businesses around the world.
Today, under his guidance, the Skagen Group is acquiring assets specialising in environmental solutions and innovative technology with the long-term aim of encouraging more sustainable consumer behaviour.
Sheikh Mazrui is one of the most prominent entrepreneurs in the UAE and has made immense contribution to the region’s economic growth. An environmentalist to the core he has long inspired industry leaders to adopt eco-friendly standards of performance and delivery in the UAE and abroad. His vision is to make sustainable goods and services accessible and economical for all.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions. Mr. Kennedy was named one of Time magazine's “Heroes for the Planet” for his success helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The group's achievement helped spawn the 200 Waterkeeper organizations that today span the globe.
Mr. Kennedy is the Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and President of Waterkeeper Alliance. Mr. Kennedy also serves as Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and a Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney at Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic.
Mr. Kennedy is a graduate of Harvard University, studied at the London School of Economics, and received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. He also earned a Masters Degree in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law. Mr. Kennedy is a venture partner in and senior advisor to VantagePoint Capital Partners, the leading global investor in energy innovation and efficiency.
Gundeep Singh is the chief executive and founder of The Change Initiative in Dubai.
He began his career as an operations manager with ITC in India, before serving the Charanjit Singh Group as Senior Manager Operations from 1988-1994. He later became the youngest general manager of the Southern Pacific Corporation in South East Asia, working for the company between 1994 and 1997.
In 1997 Singh started his own business, The Learning Curve, before joining UAE-based Al Ghurair Group in 1999. He was Regional Manager Human Resources at HSBC Middle East from 2002-2006.
A graduate of India’s University of Madras, Singh has master degrees from New York State’s Cornell University and the ESSEC Business School in Paris.
He received a Fulbright Scholarship with one of the highest GMAT scores recorded in India and was nominated to attend both Harvard Business School and Duke University.
Singh is a certified trainer and a published author in India of the motivational business titles ‘First Steps to Career Success’ and ‘Understanding Your Capability’. He also speaks eight languages, including French, German and Italian.
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