At Commvault, we’re committed to choosing sustainability every day. From making smart decisions in our on-campus utilities, to participating in the UN’s Global Goal of Sustainable Production and Consumption, Earth Day (April 22) provides us the opportunity to share our best practices and inspire fellow Vaulters (and the world!) with the choices we are making at Commvault, and at home to protect the environment for the future. Hear from two of our Vaulters, Michelle McKernan and Jyoti Sharma, on how choosing to be sustainable is a 365-day commitment.
Michelle McKernan, executive assistant, Marketing, New Jersey, U.S.
My New Year’s resolution was to stop buying clothes….
I can’t remember any year that I have not made a New Year’s resolution. This year, I challenged myself to refrain from purchasing any new clothes. I could still buy clothes, but they needed to be secondhand. And I’m still going strong!
I love the challenge of hunting for unique clothing, saving money and feeling ethically great about my decisions. Shopping secondhand is a really good way of making the most of items that have already been made. It’s fun too; so much variety and forgotten fashion!
In my eyes, buying new items should be the final choice, once all other options have been considered. The number one reason is that clothing takes years to decompose. Did you know that many items that are used in making clothes – like synthetic fibers – can take 20-200 years to decompose, according to various reports? Recent surveys have suggested that the average American throws away about 81 pounds of clothing every year. That is a lot of uncomposted clothing!
I also took this challenge on because I am working toward a minimalist lifestyle. I would love to live the Tiny House movement and would also love a tiny home with a huge piece of land where I can grow my own vegetables and live off the land. Especially with what we are going through with COVID-19.
Living sustainably is always a passion of mine.
Jyoti Sharma, principal engineer, Development
It takes a village to save a forest….
Being green is more than just buying “eco” for me. It is a complete commitment to a sustainable lifestyle that permeates through everything we do. For example, for many years now, my whole family has been collectively taking steps to switch to sustainable choices that are not only beneficial for the environment and our community, but also increase our own personal health and well-being.
A big part of this is that we are strong proponents of living globally and eating locally. From food to milk, we prefer to source everything from our local farmers/vendors and buy only what is seasonal. We also grow herbs and spices at home, like sweet neem and ajwain, which we use to regularly complement our diet.
We have also made intentional steps to using greener self-care products, and this has really been a life-changer for us. For example, a neem twig can effectively replace a regular brush and local herbal powders made of reetha and shikakai are often even better than chemical-loaded, commercially made shampoos. Last year, we also switched to oil-based soaps for washing dishes and clothes, which has the double benefit of not only ensuring less man-made chemicals going into the environment but has also led to less water consumption.
Zero-waste living, while a challenging objective is something we have also taken various measures to maintain at home. This means, for instance, that all our leftover vegetable peels and cow dung (from the local cow vendor) is repurposed as manure for the plants. Even our water filter has an attached store for wastewater that we recycle for cleaning dishes.
Giving back to the community is the foundation of building a sustainable ecosystem. I actively work with an NGO where we promote eco-friendly ways of working and living. In my community groups, I consistently share and learn newer traditional ways of zero-waste and green living. In fact, in our residential campus of more than a 100 people, we always ensure that the collective food wastage is less than 1 kg on any given day.
At the end of the day, our dreams of a sustainable life will only come true if each and every one of us, as a community, comes together and adopts eco-friendly practices in every facets of our life.
I’m doing my bit to protect our environment. Are you?
For more information on Commvault’s commitment to environmental protection, see our work with the UN’s Global Goal of Sustainable Production and Consumption and how we are committed to supporting the United Nations’ Global Goals Initiative.