DCST organizes business, advocacy, and government entities to promote shared priorities for transportation and make DC a global leader with frequent, rapid, safe, affordable and reliable transportation options into, out of, and around our job centers.
Unilever is seeking novel methods to recover and improve the recyclability of the plastic actuator. This is the device at the top of a aerosol packaging that when depressed, allows the product to be sprayed. It’s also commonly called a sprayer or button. Actuators are designed to make them difficult to remove for safety reasons, but when actuators aren’t removed prior to recycling, they end up in the metal recycling process and may not be recovered. They are also small and often made from multiple materials which further complicates recyclability. At Unilever, we’re completely rethinking our approach to packaging and we’re working hard to use less, better or no plastic. We’ve set ambitious goals to tackle plastic waste and halve the amount of virgin plastic we use in our packaging; collect and process more plastic packaging than we sell; ensure that 100% of our plastic packaging is designed to be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable; use 25% recycled plastic in our packaging.
“There is rice in the fields and fish in the water,” is an old saying that speaks to the natural abundance of Thailand as the land of milk and honey with fresh, affordable food aplenty. Most Thais are experts when it comes to naming freshwater fish, which is an easily accessible source of quality protein. There is, however, one particular fish that has become a common household name but its exact origin is unknown to the younger Thais. The mouthbrooder — a name it received from cradling its hatchlings in its mouth until the younglings come of age — is also known to scientists as Oreochromis niloticus or Tilapia nilotica, a cichlid fish native to the northern half of Africa and some parts of the Middle East. Colloquially named Nile tilapia in English from its natural habitat and pla nil in Thai from an abbreviation of its scientific name, this hardy fish whose versatility as a herbivore with omnivorous tendencies and trimester hatching cycles is ideally suited for any freshwater source. The story of this fish began in earnest with a school of 50 mouthbrooders raised in a palace pond whose offspring would one day go on to feed millions of people.
Our Start-up of the Week is Anuland, a Limerick-based agritech company developing precision agriculture solutions and digitising farm work.
The jury of nine experts are currently selecting the global prize winners in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction. The 33 finalist projects from 25 countries are displayed as a poster exhibition in Zurich and are also made available via an online platform for jury members who were unable to travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Head of the Academic Committee (AC) of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, Marilyne Andersen, provided a “virtual tour” of the exhibition for the jury members unable to travel to Zurich.