There are many Hyosung People preserving the environment in their everyday life. The sound of creating a better future is nothing but delightful. Here are the know-hows of Hyosung People practicing environment love, which may be quite surprising with some useful information.
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Type 1. Dieting Disposables, which Fattens the Environment
Im Hyeon-mi, Safety Textiles Sales Team, Technical Yarn PU
Reusing PET bottles are warned for growth of germs, however it seems that people reuse PET bottles because pollution is more frightening that germs. Small PET bottles can be filled with tea and accompany your daily outing or can be cut in half and used as small containers organizing your drawer. Large PET bottles can be used to store grains or can be cut to be used as funnels or help you organize your scarfs or sweaters.
Kang Yeong-seon, Auto Finance Team 1, Hyosung Capital PU
Hand warmers went viral in the recent years especially in winter, but how those used had warmers are disposed bothered me a lot. That led me to purchasing a hot water pack, that I refill hot water in the pack whenever I need to. I use the small sized pack during my commute to and from the office, and the large one at my desk when working. The burden to refill hot water every time is something that I can bear.
Jeong Yoon-hee, Deputy Section Chief, Budget Team, Construction PU
I always use my tumbler in the office rather than paper cups. Some people tell me the water I use to wash my tumbler costs more than paper cups, but I just don’t like the scent of paper disturbing the nice feel of my hot tea. Throwing away the paper cup in trash also bothered me, so I would rather waste less water when I wash my tumbler.
Type 2. If you are saving, Save Proper.
Jeong Ji-wan, Deputy Section Chief, CS Team, Hyosung Goodsprings PU
After designating a printer exclusively for back cover papers, our team’s paper consumption declined significantly. Now, if we are short on back cover paper, we go to other teams to secure more back cover papers. I am proud that all members on the team are on the same “Page” of environmental awareness.
Choi Yeong-ran, Deputy Department Head, Management Innovation Team, Strategy Division
My mother-in-law always emphasis in saving water, and now every member of my family tries not to waste a drop of water in vein. ① Use cups when brushing your teeth, ② Turn off the water when your soaping your hands, ③ Use flour instead of chemical detergent when doing greasy dishes, ④ Wash mops with the water disposed from the washing machine’s rinsing process. These are all minute habits, but saving just a bowl of water every day may be significant in the long run.
Lee Seong-woo, Planning Management Team, Chemicals PG
I have been assigned to my office 2 months ago, and I observed that too much of paper are wasted while their back side is clean and usable. The laser printers in our offices have two supply schemes, one from the paper drawer and another manual supply, but it seems that not many people knows this. In general you can pull down a lid in the front or side of the printer, which is quite convenient and allows you to print on back cover papers as much as you need.
Type 3. Smart Consumers
Park Seong-lim, Deputy Section Chief, Production Team 1, Spandex PU
I always check the carbon labeling of a product and if I have to select one between two similar products, I always go with the one which generates less carbon. Carbon Labeling is an administrative policy, obliging manufacturers to assert and notify the total amount of carbon generate throughout the course of production, transportation, distribution, usage and disposal of each product, and you can easily find CO2 labels on several products in Korea. As an employee of a production factory’s production team, I, myself in first hand, recognize how much it gets hotter in summer as each year passes by. As a civilian resistant from climate change, I try to purchase products with lower carbon generation.
Yeon Seul-Gi, Section Chief, Management Support Team_Project, Construction PU
I always keep a grocery bag in my bag when I go to work or go on a conventional outing. Using my own grocery bags helps reducing the consumption of plastic bags, and allows me to carry groceries on my back, rather than holding in my hands, which is much easier, and less strength consuming.
Section Chief Park Jun-yeong, High Performance Responsibility Management Innovation TFT, Power Systems PU
I drive a hybrid car. It helps to prevent air pollution and contributes to resource preservation, moreover, it helps my wallet with cheaper fuel expenses and discounts at public parking lots. And I also bring along my tumbler during any overseas business trip. It reduces the use of disposable cups or plates.
Type 4. Eco Driving is Essence, Walking Short Distances
Section Chief Kim Young-joong, Planning Management Team, Hyosung Goodsprings PU
If it takes less than one hour, I always walk to wherever I have to go. It helps me bear the habit to be an early bird, and to manage my time. It is also great for my health.
Jeong Hyeon-jin, Deputy Section Chief, Distribution Team, Changwon Plant Administration Center
After getting married, I usually take the corporate bus for commuting to and from work. If I can’t take the corporate bus, I try to take the urban bus to go back home. It was a built inconvenient in the first, but now, I’m used to it. It’s double down for me by saving fuel expenses, and reducing gas emission.
Kwon Chang-hwan, Department Chief, Procurement Support Team, Changwon Plant Administration Center
When I’m driving on the highway, I maintain my speed between 80 – 100 km/h, and I try not to pump the breaks. I recently went on a business trip from Changwon to Suwon, ad recorded a fuel efficiency of 17.1km/ℓ, the normal fuel efficiency of my car is around 13 – 14 km/ℓ. Preserving the environment and saving some gas money. I’m planning to make this a norm.
Type 5. Decent Habits for a Green Earth
Im Min-woo, Section Chief, Wind Energy Technology Team, Wind Energy Business Division
I try to use tissues or wet wipes as much as I can before I discard them. I try to use only one or two sheets of paper towel after washing my hands at work, and then use them to wipe the dust off my desk. At home, I collect used wet wipes, which appears to still be decent, and use them to clean dirty spots in my car before I discard them.
Jeon Sang-won, Section Chief, Planning Management Team, Trading PG
In winter, every member of my family wear long underwear and we keep the room house temperature around 18°C. (We heat the house up to 20°C when we have a visitor). I always use T-map when I drive to save some time and fuel.
Jang Yong-joo, Procurement Support Team, Changwon Plant Administration Center
Rather than taking an elevator, I walk up to stairs considering as my daily leg exercise. And I always keep water facets at the cold side when they are not running. If they are at the hot side, it may lead to idle running of the boiler which causes air pollution and fattens the gas bill. Small habits is healthy for my wallet and the environment.
Type 6. Trash, You’re Out! Hello Recycling.
Kim Joo-won, HR Operation Team, Changwon Plant Administration Center
One day, my seven year old son came back from kindergarten and said “Mom, the earth is in pain. We should not hurt the earth. If the earth is hurt, people and animals are also hurt. If we do what I learned today the earth will be okay.” This made me try to make several things a habit.
① I usually use paper cups at work because it is difficult to wash a mug at work since only industrial water is available at our factory, so I try to use only one paper cup a day. ② Lunch is self-served, so I try to serve myself only enough that I can eat to reduce left overs. ③ I labeled all of my office supplies like ball-point pens with my name or the department name, just not to lose any of them, ④ Do recycling right.
Lee Han-bit, Deputy Section Chief, Management Innovation Team, Strategy Division
I assume everybody knows that waste plastic bags and sheets can be recycled. Reusing 1kg of plastic bags has the effect of reducing 2.7kg of greenhouse gas. Reusing 1 ton of plastic bags has the effect of saving 0.6 TOE (Ton of Oil Equivalent). Washing and storing plastic bags from snacks, bread or others even makes your house cleaner.
Kang Jin-jong, Deputy Department Chief, Industrial Machinery Team, Industrial Machinery PU
Our team voluntarily cleans the factory on every Thursday morning. Up until 2 years ago we used cotton work gloves or rubber coated gloves while picking up garbage, but these also were sought to be not good for the environment and then we went bare hand since 2015. ② Since 2015, I stopped bringing a plastic bag on my weekly hiking and just bring back my garbage in my back pack. If the amount of garbage from me and my companions is too much to handle, I use a plastic bag, but this is just around twice a year. I also learned how much damage a hiking stick brings to the mountain, so I never used a hiking stick for the past three years.
Type 7. I live the Eco Life
Park So-young, Section Chief, Power Transformer Design Team 1, Power Systems PU
① Make Use of Disposable Cups: By easily washing disposable cups from convenient stores and coffee shops they are reformed as trash bins, containers, and plant pots. ② Make use of left-over ssamjang from outdoor activities: Every time a spend my weekend at a pension I have to throw away left over ssamjang. That’s why I developed my own recipe, Ssamjang-Jjigae. It’s somewhat a sweeter version of Soybean Paste Stew, which fits for a special breakfast, and reduces food waste.
Mok Chan-young, Deputy Section Chief, Circuit Breaker Technology Development Team, Power Systems PU
I always carry an echo bag in my bag. I use my eco bag to carry stuff I buy from convenient stores instead of plastic bags. At work, I use my tumbler, mug or glass cups instead of paper cups. If a used paper sheet, containing sensitive information is not able to be used as a back cover printing paper, I leave it on my desk as a memo pad and shred it right after its life is done. In general confidential documents are separately collected and incinerated, but if they are shredded, they can be recycled.
Lee Ji-hyeon, Personnel General Affairs Team, Nylon Polyester Yarns PU
I try not to leave over any food at lunch. I can get a bit greedy and serve myself more than I can digest, which occasionally puts me in a difficult situation, but I regroup myself by considering good for my diet.