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    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
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    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.


    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
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    On the occasion of the Entrepreneurs Meeting of France (La rencontre des Entrepreneurs de France - LaREF), BIC renewed its commitment to the climate by signing, alongside 98 other French companies, the French Business Climate Pledge. These companies reaffirm the need to collectively change direction by accelerating innovation and R&D through their investments in low carbon solutions.

    The signatory companies are fighting climate change around the globe by defining concrete approaches and developing solutions, products and services that significantly reduce GHG emissions, particularly in the fields of energy, transportation, industry, construction, agriculture and consumer goods. 




    Thu, 03/10/2019
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    Ten unused handmade notebooks, a big fishbowl filled with confetti and multi-coloured writing accessories, pastel highlighters, a mega-pack of fine liners, Japanese gel pens, cutesy pocket journals, a desk calendar filled with scribbles, a Washi tape, a Washi tape dispenser, multi-coloured sticky notes.... this is the abundance on Ujwala Salunkhe’s work desk. A stationery tourist at Starmark, Ujwala finds new comrades for her desk every week. “There was a time when weekends meant spending time at my favourite stationery store, testing every new pen, examining every new book. But in the last year, I found that many bookstores and lifestyle stores are a haven for a stationery addict like me. I find the cutest accessories which are difficult to get in a regular stationery store,” says Salunkhe, an advertising professional.

    With malls and book stores providing the convenience of one-stop-shop experience, customisation and even good deals, the neighbourhood stationery stores are suffering from the poignancy of obsolescence. 

    Foreign and fancy

    “I have a small stationery store near my house but I can’t remember the last time I went there because it has stuff that caters more to school and college-going kids,” says Malathi Krishna. “As a working professional, my needs are different from the sort of stuff available at the store. That’s why I’d much rather visit the Odyssey store on the main road which has pens and books that are more suited to my needs,” she says.

    With foreign brands entering the market and providing quality products at relatively reasonable rates, customers are seeking fancy, personalised products. “I didn’t want to pick up another Classmate book or a regular five-subject notebook,” said Shivani M, a first-year college student. “I didn’t even bother visiting the stationery store near my house because I know that this is all I would find if I went there. I went directly to the Miniso store in Express Avenue and found a cute notebook that was very me. I spend most of my time in college and I want to feel good every time I take out my notebook, and that wouldn’t happen if I picked up a regular notebook that everyone else in my class has.”

    Even for art and craft supplies, these stores offer the perfect platter of stationery haul. “I have very specific art and craft supplies that I use and those are not available in the smaller stationery stores,” said S Meghana, a fine arts student in a city college.

    Wed, 02/10/2019
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    In India, as per IDC’s Hard Copy Peripherals (HCP) Quarterly market report (2019 Q2), Epson sold 415,750 inkjet printers in H1 CY 2019 to lead the market. Epson captured 48.6% of the Inkjet market by volume and 56.8% in value, while HP followed with a volume market share of 29.9 % and value share of 23.5%. Canon lagged behind at 18 % volume share. Epson has been the leader in the Inkjet market since 2017.

    Epson first launched high-capacity ink tank inkjet printers in October 2010, in Indonesia, and by 2018 had expanded into some 150 countries and regions. By first establishing a presence in emerging markets and then making inroads into developed economies, Epson has seen its high-capacity ink tank models account for a growing percentage of the total inkjet market each year.

    As a result, Epson, which boasts strong brand recognition and an extensive product lineup, has continued to maintain the top share* in the high-capacity ink tank printer market worldwide for nine consecutive years.

    In 2019, Epson will accelerate the transition from ink cartridge printers to high-capacity ink tank printers by continuing to highlight the latter’s formidable advantage in terms of cost per print and environmental performance. The company will also speed up the replacement of laser printers by strengthening its lineup of blazingly fast and durable office inkjets that allow users in all segments to print freely without worrying about costs.


    Tue, 24/09/2019
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    Ban on single use/ use and throw plastic 

    In June 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India would eliminate single-use plastics by 2022. Canada and the European Union have since said they would get rid of some single-use plastics by 2021.

    Modi reiterated his position last month when he called for the first big step in the fight against disposable plastic to be taken on October 2, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Since that statement, there has been a lot of speculation on whether the government will ban or announce a phasing out of some single-use plastics on that day.


    • How hard will it be to implement a plastic ban?
    • What will it mean for businesses and consumers?
    • Will they find a way around it?

    Paras Shah, President, Federation of Maharashtra Stationery Manufacturers and Traders Association (FMSMTA) said “as you all aware that, government is coming out with new guidelines for one time use plastics ban,  now from some news we got information that Govt. is also going to declare for discouraging plastics folders and files , infact  in some Govt. dept. also banned plastics files. It has come to notice that they are very serious to discourage use and throw pens as well. It is not good news for us, and plastics files and folders are not one time use. so we should come together and oppose this move before 2nd  October Govt. announced, if once Govt. will announce than it will be difficult to roll back, and there will be psychological effect on all mind not to use plastics, let's meet and save our industry. "United we stand, divided we fall".     

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    Mon, 23/09/2019
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    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
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    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
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    JK Paper Mills at Jaykaypur in this district gave away scholarships to meritorious students who are children of employees and have secured more than 60% in their career.This year it has distributed Rs.5.88 lakh to 42 students and eight from nearby areas studying in GIACR, Rayagada, and GIET, Gunpur and those pursuing higher Education.

    PK Suri, executive vice-president (works) attending as chief guest and Bela Suri, president, Mahila Mandal gave away the scholarships to the deserving students at a special function organized on this occasion.
    The paper mill’s general manager (HR & IR) Sundeep Pandey, delivered the welcome address while Dibyendu Basu, chief manager (HR) delivered the vote of thanks.

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    Tue, 17/09/2019
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    PSS wishes Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all

    One of the most anticipated and lively festivals in India, Sri Ganesha Chaturthi is dedicated to the beloved elephant-headed god, Ganesha. Worshipped throughout the world wherever large Indian populations are found, the fervent devotion and colorful celebrations which attend this festival reveal just how vital Ganesha is to the spiritual heartbeat of India.

    Traditionally held to be Ganesha’s birthday, the Chaturthi day itself falls on the 4th day of the bright fortnight of Bhadrapada*  (August-September). Then it is proceded over a week of pujas, bhajans and cultural programs. A clay idol of Ganesha is made and worshipped on all of the festival days with prayers and devotional songs. The festivities culminate with the Ganesha Visarjan, where the idol is carried in a procession to the sea, river, or other large body of water, to be ceremonially immersed. The symbolism of this immersion ceremony reveals that at the heart of worship of different deities there remains the profound understanding that all forms are temporary, having both their origin and final destination in the formless Absolute.

    Mon, 02/09/2019