Sustainability And Circular Bio-Economy Are The New Focus Areas At WeSchool

Swedish Design Weeks along with the Consulate General of Sweden recently designed projects related to sustainability and bio economy in partnership with WeSchool held an exhibition held the latters campus in Mumbai

The Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai along with WeSchool inaugurated the Ung Svensk Form design exhibition recently. The project was created with the aim to increase knowledge and widening the scope for innovation in the field of sustainability and bio economy. The exhibition, Swedish Design Weeks has been on an Asia tour and has travelled to Hong Kong and Seoul before India. SP Mandali’s Prin LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (WeSchool) called out to the Swedish designers from Svensk Form which is the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design. ArkDes, IKEA, the city of Malmo and Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair were the partners who brought the exhibition into execution.

While discussing the reason behind focusing on sustainability and circular economy Prof Dr Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, WeSchool said, “This is an initiative by the Swedish Consulate keeping in mind their philosophy are well aligned with our vision goals. One of the core values we nourish is we, link and care. We give substantial significance to national agenda and social agenda and design thinking is our core fabric in that perspective. We have 30,000 students and we try to see that if the design thinking could be of thought process to derive a positive outcome. This initiative also focuses on reworking the supply chain including customers and we always believe in working with multiple partners. Malardalen University of Sweden who are again the most active partners of WeSchool run quite a few scholarship programs with us and have helped majorly in curating this event.”

Two student groups from WeSchool showcased their designs alongside the Swedish designs. The first design is the solar fountain which generates 1MW of energy using 2 acres of land saving the usage of land by 50 per cent. The second design is a Vertical Farming model where the design attempts to produce food in challenging environments. This method of farming can help mountainside towns, deserts and cities. The Vertical Farming design has the potential to save 95% of water and still derive a fresh produce of different fruits and vegetables.

Nils Eliasson, Consul, Conslate General of Sweden while giving a perspective of Swedish designs said, “Design isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about practical solutions, improving experiences and enriching the quality of life. This exhibit highlights the importance of global challenges like climate change and also throws light on the benefits of circular bio economy and sustainability. Sweden strongly propagates the concept of democratic design i.e. guaranteeing the product fulfils the highest standards of sustainability, form, function and quality at affordable prices for the majority of people. Taking long-term responsibility all the way from sourcing the material, to the people who are producing it, all the way on the customer will help people make sustainable choices that influence our future in a good way and helps create a circular economy. Sweden’s reputation as an environmental and democratic pioneer within design began with a number of proactive moes in the 1960s. Recognizing a loss of limited natural resources, Sweden was the first country to establish an environmental protection agency in 1967. In fact we aim to have a vehicle fleet completely rid of fossil fuels by 2030.

 Apart from Nils’s perspective Sweden has taken climate change to task and they strongly aim to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. The country has also enacted a Climate Change Law. This has led to 50 per cent of energy supply is renewables and 99% of waste goes to energy or reuse. Sweden has also focused on bringing up sustainable projects and enhancing them in India by focusing on their companies which are spread across Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad. WeSchool along with this exhibition has also brought in topics like sustainability into their curriculums along with circular bio economy. The products made by students from WeSchool will gain an opportunity to enhance their research and scalability through Swedish companies in India.

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