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    People see packaging as just an additional cost and try to buy the cheapest option. But, that cheap option comes at a cost. A lot of food delivery boxes in the market are not food grade and are not meant for direct contact with food. But, customers are unaware of this and thus do not raise a concern.

    Research has shown that single use plastics, especially the containers we get take-outs in, contain chemical compounds like bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA. This compound tends to migrate to food substances that are kept in plastic containers and result in endocrine disorders. Infertility, thyroid, obesity, etc. are all examples of endocrine disorders. Furthermore, the UN came up with a report on the environmental impact of single use plastic around the world. They found that only nine per cent of the nine billion tons of plastic produced in the world has been recycled with most of it ending up landfills, dumps and adversely polluting the environment.

    “People see packaging as just an additional cost and try to buy the cheapest option. But, that cheap option comes at a cost. A lot of food delivery boxes in the market are not food grade and are not meant for direct contact with food. But, customers are unaware of this and thus do not raise a concern,” explains Nikhil Parekh, the founder of Schmancy, a start-up that provides packaging solutions to businesses so that they can deliver their products in a sustainable manner. All their packaging is made of sourced or recycled paper.

    “With the rise of food delivery and e-commerce, a lot of small, home businesses are being launched that require designer but good quality packaging in smaller quantities. We cater to this demand,” informs Nikhil.

    How it was founded and products

    Schmancy was officially founded in 2016. But the idea took birth in 2013 when Nikhil wanted to come up with sustainable packaging solution for his friends where they wouldn’t have to buy in bulk.

    “My friends were also looking for custom packaging that they did not have to buy in large quantities. Normally, the minimum order was 5,000 boxes and required an investment of almost Rs. 50,000,” he explains. He then catered to the packaging demands of his friends in small quantities and these friends spread the word to others in the market with similar needs.

    Schmancy has an online store for people who want to buy designer packaging. “When Schmancy first went online for sales on Facebook in 2013, we got over 200 orders in a day!” exclaims Nikhil. This is when he realised that this idea would take and constantly worked on more products before officially launching in 2016.

    A regular client of Schmancy is Poonam Maria who started Zoey’s Bakehouse about seven years ago. As the bakery started doing good business, she also started making exquisite tall cakes for different occasions. Her only dilemma at the time was that she was finding it extremely difficult to deliver her cakes that weighed anywhere between 3kgs to 14kgs.

    One day, she was browsing through Facebook when she came across Schmancy’s boxes. “These boxes are so strong. There was nothing like this when I started using them before. Although, there are boxes available for big cakes now, Schmancy’s quality is unparalleled which is why we continue to buy from them,” says the 38-year-old...

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    Wed, 06/11/2019
  • 380

    Three years ago, in another avatar, I had co-led an initiative that gave me the first taste of Mumbai as a city-with-a-heart. The Railway Station Beautification project, Hamara Station Hamari Shaan, also celebrating Daan Utsav saw close to 25,000 people throng across various railway stations wanting to do their bit for the city. This is when I realised, there is an extended hand and there is a heart that is deeply connected to the giving hand. All that is needed is the right cause.

    Last year, as the Founder and CEO of Project Mumbai, when I first began talking about it, I realised that everyone seemed to be aware of the perils of plastic, but no one knew what to do next. The Mumbai Plastic Recyclothon was our simple and yet catchy initiative to inspire people. At Project Mumbai, we wanted people to do something for Mumbai. To participate and own the city which they felt so strongly for. When we announced the Recyclothon, making it an attractive offering, they responded, and how. Our propositions were simple — give away whatever plastic you can. We will pick it up from you and recycle it. Early this year, from the recycled plastic, we managed to make benches. We are now working on the feasibility of increasing the production of such benches, which can be installed in BMC gardens.

    So, while the 2018 Mumbai Plastic Recyclothon was a testing ground, this year, the 2019 Mumbai Plastic Recyclothon - Ek Baar Phir, has been a game-changer in terms of joy of giving. Celebrated to coincide with DaanUtsav, this time, we have made the Plastic Recyclothon bigger, better, more interesting, and meaningful. This year, we expanded our footprint beyond Mumbai, to Navi Mumbai and India’s biggest district - Thane. The response has been nothing less than overwhelming. We promised a free pick-up of the plastic items, any kind of plastic – bags, packets, pouches, mugs, broken buckets, bottles, sachets – from doorsteps. The only pre-condition being, they should register on our website with a detailed address, point of contact and choice of date. We kept the collection date from Oct. 2 to Oct. 8, as India celebrates Daan Utsav.

    As registrations opened up, our office resembled a call centre with calls pouring in, registrations building up by the minute. From an 85-year-old from Peddar road bungalow in South Mumbai to a 40-year-old housewife in Kharghar in the distant suburbs. From a social activist in Bandra to a car dealer in Mira road, they all joined in. From individuals to housing societies; schools, colleges, and corporates, they all were in the rush to volunteer to donate plastic. And to spread the word.

    At last count, we now have close to 1,25,625 Mumbaikars planning to donate plastic through the Mumbai Plastic recyclothon-Ek Baar Phir. The number is only growing. Then began the logistics planning. Newspapers loved the idea and they began writing. Recyclers felt excited by the proposition. They also helped us with transport and drop off points, and interesting ideas in recycling.

    We also came up with two more offerings. Daan Mein Jaan was our way of urging people to come up with ways that plastic can be recycled into amenities for the city. Make manhole covers for Mumbai, suggested someone on our website. Plastic Daanav (little monsters) was our action call for schools and colleges. We also promised to see installations and reward the school with pencils recycled from plastic. For, larger housing societies, I thought why not use the plastic they have donated to convert it into big garbage bins.

    The timing was opportune too. Our job had been made easier by the Prime Minister, who had, in his Independence Day address, urged people to donate plastic and recycle it. We were two steps ahead. Not only had we started this initiative last year, but were scaling it up this time. To every individual plastic donor, we gifted them a cloth bag. Carry the cloth bag the next time you step out, we told them. Keep it tucked into your bike or car or in your purse, so you don’t feel tempted to pick a plastic bag from your vendor.

    Adding A Bit Of Colour        While offerings came pouring in, we were also concerned with the aesthetics. Support came in from students and faculty of the JJ School of Arts. They are going to help us provide designs to the amenities. Also, in case we get some plastic that is worth recycling, we plan to create Live Plastic art installations in public places, with messages conveying reduce and refuse. Or recycle. 

    Our web board is full of messages of support as well. People have begun offering support in all forms. A 14-year-old from Oberoi International School has said he wants to volunteer for anything that we do.

    Meanwhile, a retired IT professional from one of India’s best-known corporate firms says he has the time and inclination to volunteer. These are among at least a hundred others, including housewives, professionals and doctors, wanting to do something for their city. And there are scores of others wanting to do away with plastic.

    Inspired by this, I have decided to not let this movement be limited to Mumbai, Navi-Mumbai or Thane. Or not be limited to DaanUtsav either. The Plastic Recyclothon, by Project Mumbai was Ek Baar Phir, this year. It will surely be a Baar Baar Phir, from November. And do not be surprised if you see it taking place in a neighbourhood near you. In your city.

     

    What started as an idea, has now turned into a people’s movement. There certainly is Joy in Giving. 

     

    Thank you Mumbai.

    Writer: Shishir Joshi, 
    Founder and CEO of Project Mumbai

     

    Tue, 05/11/2019
  • 379

    Mithya 4D Stationery Private Limited – a Pune based company, is India’s First 4D Stationery manufacturing company and Startup Recognized by Government of India, specializes in the modern and innovative stationery products powered with 4D animations with the help of their proprietary technologies.

    What is 4D?

    Any 3D content which is interactive and can be seen from different angles is 4D.

    What is 4D Stationery?

    With the help of “Mithya 4D” app, any physical stationery like Notebook, Clipboard, Geometry Box, etc. will turn into 4D content and hence the name 4D Stationery.

    Why the name ‘Mithya’?

    ‘Mithya’ actually originated from Sanskrit and its meaning fairly corresponds to ‘Illusion”, an appearance superimposed on actuality, or different from actuality. The “Mithya 4D” app enables “Mithya (illusion)” to bring our 4D stationery to life and it turns the stationery to alternate reality with enlivened and interactive characters.

    Benefits of 4D Stationery?

    In today’s digital era, mobile has become an integral part and parcel for students and hence they are spending most of their times on mobiles. With the help of Mithya’s 4D Stationery, the education and learning will become fun.

    Demo

    Download the FREE ‘Mithya 4D’ app from the Google Play store or iPhone App Store. Open the app and point the app’s camera at the ‘Puppet Show’ sample for demo printed on top of this page and enjoy the 4D animation.

    Mon, 04/11/2019
  • 371

    Logitech MX Master 3 brings speed, and MX Keys extra customisation

    Home working may be about to get a whole lot more powerful with the latest premium mouse and keyboard releases from Logitech.
    The company says its new MX Master 3 mouse offers unparalleled speed and precision in scrolling for a wide range of users, from software programmers to graphic designers.
    In addition, the new MX Keys keyboard looks to be an ideal partner to the mouse, offering a top of the line typing experience that also offers intelligent lighting and ergonomic support.

    MX Master 3
    The MX Master 3 is Logitech's most powerful mouse to date, featuring a completely re-designed wheel that can scroll a thousand lines in one second - a potential lifesaver for programmers hunting for a particular line of code.
    The new wheel, made of Swiss stainless steel, features 90 percent faster scrolling speeds than previous generations, with magnets inside the body cutting down on both friction and noise. Users can still opt for a haptic feel when scrolling, with the option of a silent ratchet mode alongside traditional experiences. Thanks to a 4,000 DPI sensor, the MX Master 3 is also incredibly precise when tracking on any surface, even glass.

    MX Keys
    Along with the MX Master 3 mouse, Logitech has also launched the companion MX Keys keyboard, which it says is "shaped for your fingertips" to offer "ultra-fluid typing".

    The MX Keys features a backlit surface to allow you to work in low light or even darkness, with a built-in proximity sensor detecting when a user is near whilst also detecting the surrounding light level to help save battery life.
    Battery life is around 10 days with this backlighting enabled, but 

    Wed, 25/09/2019
  • 361

    Attend this workshop and learn the techniques of creating handmade paper from organic material

    After months of experimenting, Shilpa Puri has finally cracked the process of making handmade paper from vegetable and fruit peels. Puri, who is a trained kalamkari artist, referred to books on papermaking, and taught herself to prepare paper pulp with the right consistency. "The trick lies in how you heat organic waste to make the paste," she says. This weekend, Puri is conducting a workshop on papermaking for anybody interested in the craft.

    Puri was more into conducting workshops on kalamkari painting and Madhubani painting before she taught herself papermaking. "I always wanted to make recycled paper, and I was aware of the processes involved in creating it," she adds. After a few failed attempts, she succeeded in her endeavour. "Preparing the pulp can really test your patience," she informs. During the workshop, Puri will demonstrate how to produce paper from onion peels, garlic peels, and also banana peels.

    The process starts with cooking the organic waste. This can take anywhere between four to five hours. "You must add water to the mixture and cook it until it turns mushy. It takes several tries to figure out when the pulp is ready. I add some paper pulp into the mix to strengthen the material," shares Puri. The paper's texture varies according to the peel that is used. For instance, onion peels produce paper that is soft to the touch.

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    Thu, 19/09/2019
  • 359

    Elkos Pens, one of the most recognized writing instrument brands in India, announces the release of New Gel Pen – Que Assorted, an extension to their wide range of Gel pens products. 

    Elkos Pens, a leading brand in the writing instrument industry, has unveiled a new gel pen “Que Assorted” – luxurious writing instruments that perfectly combine timeless design, passion for precision and superb craftsmanship. The Que Assorted stands out thanks to its modern, minimalist design and five vivid colors. The Pen boasts of Korean technology.

    Elkos Pens Limited was incorporated in the year 2003 by Mr. H. S. Jain and Mr. B. K. Jain under their able and visionary leadership. ELKOS Pens has grown exponentially over the years as one of India’s leading manufacturers and exporter of writing instruments including ball pen, gel pen, direct fill pen, sketch pen and refills.
    Mr. Jain has a vast experience of more than three decades in the field of writing instruments and the ability to foresee the market changes and make commendable decisions, which has helped us grow leaps and bounds in a very short span of time.

    All ELKOS products are manufactured under the strictest quality control in a highly evolved state of the-art infrastructural facility located in Kolkata, India covering 2,25,000 square feet.
    Our products have a worldwide acceptance and are appreciated for their best quality, best price and timely deliveries. At ELKOS “Quality is a journey not a destination”. 
    We maintain a constant focus on quality with the prime objective of providing finest quality products to customers. This distinction enables us to gain customer’s faith as well as customer satisfaction.
    ELKOS Pens is a Government recognised “STAR EXPORT HOUSE”, is certified by the standards of ISO 9001:2015 (QMS) and also has a distinguished honour of being stationery partners in reputed Indian educational institutes like IIT’s & IIM’s...

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    Wed, 18/09/2019
  • 346

    Elkos Pens, one of the most recognized writing instrument brands in India, announces the release of Orra ball pen, an extension to their wide range of ball pens products. 

    Orra ball pen does not just keep up just with the latest trends, but with its stylish body, it is a complete eye-catcher, making it the perfect lifestyle product for trend setters. Orra is not only pretty to look at, but also supple in its function. Pen lovers with high expectations of a special writing experience will always find the perfect pen with Orra. The progressive design and its ergonomic form with scientific rounded grip guarantee a firm hold and allow a natural writing movement without hand fatigue.
    Orra combines glamorous, refreshing elegance with stylish design and the well-known pleasant writing experience of the Elkos pens,” said Mr. Vijay Singh, Assistant Manager - Marketing, Elkos Pens Ltd.The Orra ball pens mean high product quality at excellent price-performance ratio.

    About the company
    Elkos Pens Limited was incorporated in the year 2003-04 as manufacturer and exporter of ball pen, gel pen, direct fill pen, sketch pen and refills.  ELKOS Pens has been certified by the standards of ISO 9001:2008(QMS), awarded the prestigious Government of India registered One Star EXPORT HOUSE & has a distinguished honour of being stationery partners in reputed Indian educational institutes like IIT’s & IIMs.
     

    Mon, 19/08/2019
  • 345

    Indonesia is the world’s second largest plastic polluter as the usage of plastic is rampant in the country. It was strange that we did not realise the consequences until we came back to India. Even spoons were covered in plastic. It triggered us to make some lifestyle changes.

    As a child, I would always throw away my pencil once I used half. It was uncomfortable to write with them, but the real reason was peer pressure, as most of my classmates did the same. For children, it is difficult to understand or even process the fact that eight million trees are cut every year to make 20 billion pencils worldwide. Unfortunately, even now, grown-ups fail to realise the massive deforestation globally.
    However, when Akshata Bhadranna and Rahul Pagad from Bengaluru learnt about the grim figures, it served as a wake-up call that eventually gave birth to Dopolgy in September 2018. It is an organisation that sells eco-friendly products.
    While this was the trigger, a series of events motivated the couple to switch to an eco-friendly lifestyle.
    After moving back to Bengaluru from Indonesia, they saw the extent of plastic in household items, including utensils, home decor, clothes and shoes, all of which were transported from Indonesia to India in plastic packaging.
    Recalling that the move served as a wake-up call for them, Akshata tells The Better India: “Indonesia is the world’s second largest plastic polluter as the usage of plastic is rampant in the country. It was strange that we did not realise the consequences until we came back to India. Even spoons were covered in plastic. It triggered us to make some lifestyle changes.” It started with the couple reading and watching videos on plastic pollution, which pushed them to give up plastic bags. Gradually, eco-friendly glasses, cutlery, soaps and loofah, replaced the plastic ones. The couple also started composting wet garbage at home.
    During the switch, they saw how costly the eco-friendly products were, “It is not feasible to purchase a bamboo brush at Rs 200 if we change it every four months. Eco-friendly products, unfortunately, are considered a luxury. We wanted to make it a common man’s product. And so, with our savings, we started Dopolgy,” she says. 

    Here’s how it’s done

    • The newspaper is cut into pieces of 18×18 cm. The lead is manually rolled on that paper and deposited in a rolling machine. The pencils are allowed to dry naturally for 30 minutes.
    • Dried pencils are then put into a dryer for one hour at 220° Celsius.
    • Polishing machines give the final finish to make the pencil smooth. Finally, the product goes through the cutting machine, where it is cut into determined sizes.
    • To make the process completely eco-friendly, the pencils are packaged in compostable boxes of craft paper.
    • So far, the duo has manufactured 10,000 pencils by recycling around 6,000 newspapers! 

    Apart from this, the duo also sources different types of seed paper like jasmine, marigold, coriander and onion from wholesale manufacturers and converts them into beautiful card pieces. Other products from these paper varieties include wedding cards, invitation cards, postcards, visiting cards, among others.

     

    Sat, 17/08/2019
  • 338

    At CES Asia, Wacom CEO Nobu Ide discussed what’s next for the company in AI and VR.

    Wacom has done a great job offering tools for creative artists in a variety of form-factors and budgets. (For several years, I’ve advised new photographers to get their hands on a Wacom tablet to include in their post-processing workflow.)  But Wacom says there’s more to the company than just a stylus and connected tablet. 

    During CES Asia, Wacom CEO Nobu Ide discussed the company’s future focus and collaborations, which will provide even better experiences for its customers. 

    Ink in the air

    Designers and graphic artists take pride in creating art with depth and texture utilizing 3D space. However, Wacom’s current devices are two dimensional. The company recognizes and plans to tackle this.  

    “Wacom’s not a VR company. We are collaborating with some strategic partners, trying to come up (with) some very interesting solutions,” said Wacom CEO Nobu Ide.  

    Working with companies such as Gravity Sketch, an intuitive and immersive 3D design tool, Wacom has updated its pen device, which will allow designers and graphic artists the ability to “ink in the air.” While using a Wacom pen device, artists can wear a set of VR goggles, which are attached to their workstation, to draw and paint within a virtual 3D space. This allows a more intimate and intuitive user experience. While creating or modifying a project, artists can remove the goggles to view the project on a Wacom display tablet as they normally would in 2D.

    Tue, 30/07/2019
  • 337

    Cloud-based digital exams are eliminating paper and helping cut down on leaks and cheats.

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    Welcome to the next generation of examinations, where everything revolves around an invisible connected platform, speeding up examination processes, minimising human error and bringing down exam-costs for colleges.

    Forget your foolscaps! The time-honoured paper booklet is steadily making way for a sleeker electronic exam-pad. The trusty ball pen is being replaced by a stylus and all the answers are now stored in the cloud. Even assessments are done digitally, so examiners don’t have to stay back for corrections.
    Welcome to the next generation of examinations, where everything revolves around an invisible connected platform, speeding up examination processes, minimising human error and bringing down exam-costs for colleges.
    Since 2016-17, students from a wide range of institutions have been writing their examinations on a device called the DigiTaal. These include those at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience (Nimhans), International Institute of Information Technology and REVA University in Bengaluru, VIT- AP and the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.
    Most of them rely on Paperless Examinations Advantage (PEXA), a customised cloud-based software that aims to overhaul the examination process and make it more streamlined, sustainable and environmentally friendly. The software was developed in 2015 by LittleMore Innovation Labs, a Singapore based EdTech Company, with a development center in Chennai.
    “Now storage is no more an issue for us and it has put an end to a lot of malpractices during the examination process, such as copying and paper leaks,” says Vinay NA, assistant professor at REVA University, which switched to paperless examinations in 2018.

     

    Mon, 29/07/2019

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