The government has notified a Steel Scrap Recycling Policy (SSRP) to provide for a framework to facilitate and promote establishment of metal scrapping centers in India for scientific processing and recycling. Union Steel and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said in Lok Sabha that the policy framework provides standard guidelines for collection, dismantling and shredding activities in an organised, safe and environmentally sound manner. "The Steel Scrap Recycling Policy has been notified in the Gazette of India vide No. 354 dated November 7, 2019. The policy provides a framework to facilitate and promote establishment of metal scrapping centers in India for scientific processing and recycling of ferrous scrap generated from various sources and a variety of products," he said during Question Hour. Pradhan said the policy prescribes guidelines for setting up and responsibilities of dismantling centre and scrap processing centre, roles of aggregators and responsibilities of the … [Read more...] about Govt notifies steel scrap recycling policy: Dharmendra Pradhan
Video PlayerClose BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Two men and two women have spent 200 days in a simulated space lab in Beijing, setting a record for the longest stay in a self-contained "cabin." The biomedicine students from Beihang University, the second group of volunteers to stay in Yuegong-1 (Lunar Palace 1), completed the second phase of a 365-day on-ground experiment Friday. The first group of volunteers stayed in the cabin for 60 days and re-entered the cabin Friday, replacing the second group, and starting the third and final phase of the experiment, which will last 105 days. The experiment is designed to test a bioregenerative life support system (BLSS), in which animals, plants and microorganisms co-exist in a sealed environment, simulating a lunar base. The experiment also examines the physical and mental conditions of humans in such environment. Oxygen, water and food are recycled within the BLSS, creating an Earth-like environment. A successful 105-day trial was conducted … [Read more...] about China Focus: 200 days on “moon”: China life support lab breaks record
By Jack Ewing LAUSANNE (Switzerland): Mark Schneider, the chief executive of the Swiss food giant Nestlé, gripped a bun-clad concoction that looked like a bacon cheeseburger but contained no actual bacon, cheese or beef. He took a bite. It was a faux-meat, dairy-free mouthful symbolizing what may be the future of the food industry. It was also a manifestation of how big corporations like Nestlé are responding to increasingly intense pressure to help fight climate change. Vegan burgers, Schneider said, are a response to rising consumer concern about the healthiness of red meat and to criticism that cattle farming is bad for the climate. “The reason I like the plant-based so much is this is where the two kind of connect,” he said at Nestlé’s research and development center in Lausanne. “There’s an environmental side to it, and there’s a healthy nutrition side to it.” Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, is in … [Read more...] about Nestlé says it can be virtuous and profitable. Is that even possible?
Video PlayerClose SHIJIAZHUANG, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- The chilly weather in winter did not sap workers' ardor at a factory in Xinhe County, north China's Hebei Province. They are busy manufacturing 600,000 eyeglass cases, a French order. "The client is extremely strict with time so we must ensure on-time delivery," said Li Yingchun, the company manager. The company produces 27 million eyeglass cases a year, 70 percent of which are exported to Europe, the United States, India and other countries, with an export value of 5.45 million U.S. dollars. Xinhe County is home to more than 400 manufacturers of eyeglass cases, with more than 10,000 residents of its less than 180,000 population involved in eyeglass case industry. The county produces over 600 million eyeglass cases a year, grabbing a domestic market share of more than 60 percent. Its products are exported to more than 20 countries and regions, with a global market share of about 40 percent. What has made the small county a big … [Read more...] about Across China: Small county eyes big fortune in eyeglass cases
‘Buy one, get one tree’; ‘Tree for a tee’. These aren’t just attention-seeking captions. The founders of the three-year-old label TreeWear take their quest for a sustainable lifestyle seriously. For every tee or a personal care kit purchased from them, they plant a tree on the buyer’s behalf. Their plantation projects are in Udaipur (Rajasthan) and Sundarbans (West Bengal). The tree is geotagged and the customer can track the updates online. So far, TreeWear has planted more than 2300 trees.Last weekend, TreeWear showcased its clothing range and lifestyle products as part of The Conscious Collect pop-up at The Chalet, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. TreeWear manufactures alcohol-free sanitisers, chemical-free cleaning agents, and aluminium and preservative-free deodorants that are packaged in recycled paper boards as opposed to single-use plastic containers. Their tees are usually packaged in recycled plastic bottles. Mumbai-based brothers Mishal and … [Read more...] about Tees and trees for the planet