The mode of development that the worldand Indiahas followed has led to a situation where we are surrounded by numerous hazardous substances in our everyday lives, which affect the health of people, of other living creatures, and of the planet as a whole. Our Toxic World is an effort to shine a keen light on these substances, and suggest alternatives that will allow readers to improve the physical quality of their lives and of their environment.

Our Toxic World takes a series of peeks into the lives of the fictitious Sachdeva family and the people they come in contact with, examines the hazardous substances that affect us in our everyday lives, outlines the effect these materials can have on us, and suggests alternative routes that we can adopt.

Industrial Pollution: Poisonous Development
Industrial pollution: Poisonous development

Corporate Social Irresponsibility

In March 2001 Hindustan Lever Limited (HLL), one of Indian business's shining examples, was found to have dumped over 300 tonnes of mercury outside its thermometer plant at Kodaikanal in South India. HLL has for decades been the favorite domestic destination for the elite from India's prestigious business schools, and makes huge investments in providing challenging environments for its professional staff. Yet it fought tooth and nail to deny the mercury contamination, only to be finally chastised by the community and the government itself.

“Responsible Care,” “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)” and the UN-promoted “Global Compact” are new terms that have found increasing ...

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