In September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the UNCCD COP14 in New Delhi, reiterated his commitment to ban SUPs in the coming years. Following this, several ministries, government departments and states started implementing blanket bans on SUPs. In India, the large informal sector is involved in manufacturing and recycling such SUPs and a large part of that economy relies on such plastics. It is estimated that around 1.7 million people are employed with the plastic manufacturing sector, directly and indirectly. Given this, the question is: Is a blanket ban a prudent option? … [Read more...] about COVID-19 | Is India prepared to tackle the plastic waste the pandemic produces?
Located in a fishery building redeveloped by architecture studio Spacon & X in Scandinavia’s arguable design capital, Space10 almost feels like Ikea’s answer to the artist-in-residence programs you see at companies like Autodesk and Microsoft, but with a typically Scandinavian twist: it’s independent of Ikea. Although Ikea foots the bill for Space10, and gets a first look at all the concepts that come out of it, the day-to-day operations are handled by Rebel Agency, a small Danish design firm founded by Carla Cammilla Hjort. It’s not just good marketing, it’s a way for Ikea to get an early look at bold new ideas that might eventually disrupt their business–and possibly bring them to market first. … [Read more...] about Inside Ikea’s Innovation Lab For The Future Of Better Living
Speaking to Moneycontrol, Kumar Subbaiah, Ceat’s Chief Financial Officer, said: “It is important for us to produce and keep inventory because lockdowns could occur again or there can be some restrictions. Two-wheeler companies are operating at reasonable levels and other OEMs are operating a little low. Our plants are operating at 80 percent utilisation to meet the demand and increase inventory.” … [Read more...] about Ceat burns rubber to cope with surge in demand for tyres
These kinds of non-construction uses were already on Krall’s mind before the pandemic. He says for about half a year before the outbreak Urban Umbrella had been pitching the system for uses like playground canopies and waterproof bike lanes and bus stops. “It really was in the early stages. We hadn’t had any takers yet,” he says. “But now new use cases are coming out of this.” … [Read more...] about These giant parasols are helping cities move indoor activities outside