Circular Economies: Is Sri Lanka’s Waste Crisis a Wasted Opportunity 0 541

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Sri Lanka is currently in the midst of a waste crisis with landfills running out of space and the costs of disposal spiralling rapidly. A recent report by the WWF named Sri Lanka as the fifth largest contributor to marine plastic pollution and the level of recycling in Sri Lanka in particular for plastics falls well below global averages.

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The Sri Lankan economy on the other hand, continues to suffer from a significant balance of trade deficit and a weakening rupee in part due to imports for raw materials such as plastics, aluminium, paper/cardboard and electronics. Finding a way to increase the domestic ability to sort and recycle these materials for re-use in a circular way may in fact provide a solution for both the environment and the economy.

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A linear economy, which typifies most products and materials here in Sri Lanka, is one whereby products are manufactured, used and then disposed of as waste. A circular economy by contrast, is one that aims to eliminate waste through the continual use of resources by reusing, repairing, refurbishing, remanufacturing and recycling raw materials and products at the end of their usable lives. This therefore closes the loop on the manufacturing process thereby reducing the need for new materials.

 

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The waste problem is not just limited to the Sri Lankan economy as materials such as plastics do not biodegrade and therefore will continue to exist until a solution is found. Plastic breaks down into what is known as microplastics after some time which significantly harms the environment as animals ingest this and toxins from the material itself seep into the water table. Recent studies suggest that we are ingesting the equivalent of one credit card every week. The health impacts of the plastic epidemic are likely to grow significantly.

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505 – Sri Lanka’s first branded designer eyewear store turns 1 0 647

27th August 2019 Colombo: 505, the pioneering branded designer eyewear store in Sri Lanka celebrates its first anniversary on 23rd August 2019 after a year of successful operations. A brainchild of Vision Care Optical Services (Pvt) Ltd, the exclusive Luxottica branded 505 Store is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka. Luxottica Group is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of fashion, luxury, sports and performance eyewear and the label features top international designer brands such as Ray-Ban, Vogue, Oakley, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Michael Kors, Coach, Bvlgari, Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Burberry, and Versace. The store also has the largest ‘Oakley’ collection in Sri Lanka.

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Commenting on the joyous occasion, Srimantha Wewalwala, General Manager of Vision Care said, “Congratulations to the team at 505 on reaching the historic milestone of its first anniversary. It has been a highly successful year for the designer eyewear store, as Sri Lanka’s first branded luxury eyewear store, showcasing all the high-end brands from Luxottica that a customer could want. We are grateful for Luxottica’s partnership. I commend the hard work and brilliance shown by the 505 teams to offer unmatched experience, thereby creating a base of loyal customers who appreciate the superior service they receive whenever they walk into 505. As the demand for branded eyewear expands in Sri Lanka, we see tremendous future prospects as a leader in designer eyewear. Vision Care has always been a revolutionary trailblazer in eye care solutions and the success of 505 reflects its distinctive offering.”

 

 

Over the past year, 505 has become popular for its Kids Clinic, located on the first floor, offering specialized technological instruments, which enable eye specialists to examine children’s eyes amid playful and attractive surroundings, making it a pleasant experience for kids. Specially trained staff wields new technology and put into play their special skills in treating children’s eye problems.

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Nanotechnology in Agriculture System 0 637

By: Chantal D.

Sources:  Agronomy

Agriculture is the backbone of most of the developing countries in which a major part of their income comes from agriculture sector and more than half of their population depends on it for their livelihood.  The current global population is nearly 7.7 billion with 50% living in Asia. A large proportion of those livings in developing countries face daily food shortages as a result of environmental impacts or political instability, while in the developed world there is a food surplus. For developing countries, the drive is to develop drought and pest-resistant crops which also maximize yield. In developed countries, the food industry is driven by consumer demand which is currently for the fresher and healthier food products.

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Specifically in agriculture, technical innovation is of importance with regard to addressing global challenges such s population growth, climate change and the limited availability of important plant nutrients such as phosphorus and potassium.

Nanotechnology has gained intense attention in the recent years due to its wide applications in several areas like medicine, medical drugs, catalysis, energy and materials. Those nanoparticles with small size to the large surface area (1-100nm) have several potential functions. These days, sustainable agriculture is needed. The development of nonchemical has appeared as promising agents for the plant growth, fertilizers and pesticides. In recent years, the use of Nano materials’ has been considered as the alternative solution to control pant pests including insects, fungi and weeds.

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Despite these potential advantages, the agricultural sector is still comparably marginal and has not yet made it to the market to any larger extent in comparison with other sectors of nanotechnology application.

Nanotechnology helps agricultural sciences and reduce environmental pollution of pesticides and chemical fertilizers by using the nano particles and nano capsules with the ability control or delayed delivery, absorption and more effective and environmentally friendly and production of nano -crystals  to increase the efficiency of pesticides for application of pesticides with lower dose.

In the agricultural sector, nanotech research and development is likely to facilitate and frame the next stage of development of genetically modified crops, animal products inputs, chemical pesticides and precision farming techniques. The use of nanotechnology in agriculture has been mostly theoretical but it has begun and will continue to have a significant effect in the main areas of the food industry development of new functional materials, product development and design of methods and instrumentation for food safety and bio-security.

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