Tata Steel: Adventure Foundation (TSAF) to mark International Mountain Day with new initiative to provide biodegradable sanitary napkins to its participants
Jamshedpur, December 10, 2021
~ TSAF becomes the first outdoor organization in India to introduce biodegradable sanitary napkins to promote sustainable mountain tourism ~
The Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) has become the first outdoor organization in India to launch a new green initiative to provide biodegradable sanitary napkins to all participants in its outdoor classes and expeditions. TSAF aims to achieve zero waste camps and minimize its impact on the trails. This new TSAF initiative resonates with the theme of International Mountain Day 2021 – to promote âsustainable mountain tourismâ. All TSAF camps and activities follow the zero waste principle, whereby all waste generated during the course is either reduced, reused or recycled.
On the occasion, Bachendri Pal, Mentor, Tata Steel Adventure Foundation, noted: âTSAF’s new initiative to introduce biodegradable sanitary napkins is a welcome step towards sustainable mountain tourism and women’s hygiene. Our goal is to protect and conserve one of the most beautiful mountaineering destinations in the world. Sanitary napkins on expeditions are often thrown into ponds, rivers, and lakes, contaminating bodies of water or thrown out into the open which in turn pollute soils and endanger surrounding wildlife. The introduction of biodegradable sanitary napkins will help inspire FASD participants to reach zero waste camps on group hikes and expeditions.
Each year the Himalayas attract around seven Lakh tourists from all over the world. The increase in tourism has led to a growing concern for the management of mixed waste, of which plastic is the main constituent, which not only marks the scenic mountain landscapes, but can lead to land degradation, air pollution. and the destabilization of mountain slopes, among others. . TSAF, through its various programs, engages more than 5,000 participants from B schools, businesses and individual tourists who participate in expeditions, 15 to 20 percent of whom are women. The foundation aims to fight against the damage caused to the environment by wasted sanitary napkins, by providing biodegradable organic sanitary napkins free of charge.
So far TSAF has conducted several cleaning campaigns to separate the waste collected during shipments and send it to various facilities in Delhi or Dehradun for further recycling. However, the major challenge the teams face are used sanitary napkins that are either burned or buried in landfills, endangering wildlife or contributing to CO2 emissions. To solve the problem, TSAF decided to introduce biodegradable sanitary napkins that will decompose naturally when buried underground. In addition, it will lead to environmental conservation, protect wildlife and help bring about behavior change in the participants.
In the past, TSAF has organized various sustainability initiatives such as Mission Gange, a month-long expedition in which a team of 40 believing people crossed the river using rafts and visited 7 different towns along the way. . The objective of the expedition was to educate the local population by cleaning up the river, its banks and educating people about waste management. TSAF also makes eco-friendly bricks from discarded plastic bottles filled with packaging and polythene bags which are then used to make walls or furniture in the camps.
Going forward, FASD will inspire other organizations to use organic sanitary napkins and follow suit. This campaign will also encourage women to get out and explore the outdoors without having to worry about their period.
Founded by legendary mountaineer Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest on May 23, 1984, the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation is an outgoing leadership institute which, through its wide range of activities, aims to develop capable leaders. for the future by identifying their mental limits. and physical endurance. It allows people of all backgrounds and ages to choose their own metaphor for self-discovery. True to its philosophy of experiential learning, TSAF believes that no classroom is better than nature and that no teacher is better than your own will.
The Tata Steel Adventure Foundation recognizes different styles of leadership and changing needs across different levels of management, so it does not practice a single model. The courses are personalized according to the needs of the participating organization. The outgoing programs consist of a series of experiential games, outdoor team activities, and simulated coordinated group tasks in a natural environment that help provide valuable team-building lessons to participants. So, there is a perfect mix of physical effort, team building, coordination, group tasks and finally a lot of fun.
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Tata Steel has been part of the DJSI Emerging Markets Index since 2012 and has been consistently ranked among the top 5 steel companies in the DJSI Corporate Sustainability Assessment since 2016. In addition to being a member of ResponsibleSteelMT and worldsteel’s climate action program, Tata Steel has won several awards and accolades, including the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its factories in Jamshedpur, Kalinganagar and IJmuiden, and the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the integrated steel plant best performing for 2016-17. The company, ranked as India’s Most Valuable Metals and Mining Brand by Brand Finance, as one of CII’s Top 25 Innovative Indian Companies in 2020, received an âA-â rating (Group of leadership) from CDP for its Climate Change and Supply Chain Disclosure, Worldsteel 2020 Steel Sustainability Champion Recognition, Ethisphere Institute 2021 Most Ethical Company Award, CNBC TV-18 Best Risk Management Framework and Systems Award (2020) and ICAI FY20 Financial Reporting Excellence Award, among others.
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