James Dyson Award 2020: Shashank Nimkar from the National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad) has won the James Dyson India Award 2020 for his invention- ‘Earth Tatva’. Nimkar used ceramic rejects called ‘grog’ from the surrounding production cluster and clay to make new products. Not only are these products created out of waste, but they are also manufactured through a zero-waste process. Further, these products can be recycled multiple times.
Stating that about 60-70 per cent of its raw products are the waste by other manufacturers, the award winner claims that this form of production is capable of reducing mining for natural resources and landfills up to 60 per cent. This production design has won him a prize money of £2,000 (aproximately 1.90 lakh) in the competition.
Shashank said he got inspired by the concept of the circular economy, “I have always been fascinated by the idea of turning waste into a valuable resource. Earth Tatva is a unique material composition that turns post-industrial ceramic waste into a universal reusable material.”
“I have always been fascinated by the idea of turning waste into a valuable resource. While working on design solutions, I often wonder what happens to the products and materials at their end of life. On this project, I kept asking myself how I can add value from the inside and not just from a functional or aesthetic point of view. That is how the idea of a universal material was conceived against making a product. Since day one, the aim was to make a closed-loop material that can be incorporated in a zero-waste manufacturing process,” he was quoted as saying in the official statement by Dyson.
For Shashank, Earth Tatva started as a part of his graduation project for his master’s programme at NID-Ahmedabad. He later entered his project for this year’s James Dyson Awards India award and won the prize. This year, 241 entries came in for the award, out of which 93 entries were shortlisted. The runners-up are the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and a team from NID, Ahmedabad for their project Drishti.
The product has also received numerous other accolades. It was recognised as a circular economy pioneer by Ellen MacArthur Foundation, London, REX Karmaveer Chakra Award, and was adjudicated as the winner for Sustainability by Design, Indus University.
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