Month: July 2021

Lego Changing To Biodegradable and Eco-Friendly Products

The famous Danish toy-maker Lego has decided to modify its toy manufacturing scheme to produce environmentally sound toys. A massive investment worth $400m has already been made by the company to put the plans into action. The company aims to package its products in eco-friendly and biodegradable materials rather than using harmful polythene bags.  Different sustainable materials have been utilized to produce the prototypes which are then tested by the consumers. In addition to this, Lego has even downsized the packaging boxes approximately up to 14%. 

To achieve their target the Danish toy manufacturers claim to spend $150 million to employ around a hundred workers. It is being done to increase the workforce in the departments of research, production, and development. The staffers will team up to produce ideas that will be rational enough to replace the current manufacturing methods. Lego targets to make the big swing by the years 2025 to 2030. 

The first initiative of the “go green” movement was initially taken in 2018 when Lego introduced plant-shaped toys. They were not only molded in form of plants but were also manufactured completely from plant materials. From this onwards, the company declared to manufacture only biodegradable and sustainable Lego blocks.

 Although it has limited its services to selective regions, the staffers use a wide range of materials to produce them. An insider from the famous toy-making industry says that the chief material used in the production of Lego blocks is ABS. Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene shortened as ABS is a copolymer of acrylonitrile and styrene produced in the presence of polybutadiene rubber. 

On account of this Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen owner of the firm has put forward the company’s idea of sustainability. He further adds that the firm’s research specialists are striving hard to find safer alternatives to plastic. Also, he intends of packaging toys in eco-friendly materials. This way Lego groups would establish a positive impact on the ecosystem globally. 

In the year 2014, the firm used approximately about 77,000 metric tons of feed materials to manufacture around 60 billion Lego toys. However, they never clarified that the materials used were whether environmentally sound or not. Also, there were speculations that the firm has switched onto some other polymer instead of ABS. One would think as to why the company suddenly wants to take such huge steps that can also be risky. 

Styrolution- styrenic polymer manufacturers are also one of the main ABS suppliers of the Lego Groups. The supplier company has refused to comment on Legos future Ventures. It said that the ABS used to make blocks is quite extraordinary and is made as per standard requirements. Therefore any polymer cannot be used for this purpose as the blocks must fit with each other firmly and detach when pulled. 

It is a remarkable initiative taken by one of the world’s well-established and renowned firms. It will certainly play a vital role in restoring the deteriorating biosphere. So a lot of chemists, research analysts, engineers, and marketing executives are being hired to make things functional. 

Pros and Cons of Speed Networking

Today the working style has changed dramatically as completing day-to-day work is no longer sufficient to excel in your career. Now, along with office work, individuals have to socialize with their colleagues or partners to be fully aware of the latest trends. By having a strong, interlinked social network, a person can obtain information regarding job opportunities, ongoing business trends, etc. So, whether you’re a graduate seeking employment or a seasonal careerist, an expansive network would surely serve as a window of hope. 

Due to this, speed networking has been introduced to match the swiftness of this rapidly evolving corporate world. Speed networking or speed business meeting is a gathering or a seminar designed to promote and accelerate business relations. Participants of different occupational backgrounds get together on one platform to discuss corporate matters, exchange information, and share entrepreneurial ventures. 

Speed networking is typically referred to as a by-product of speed dating. It is because it exists in combination with business contacts and other trade links. Although the interactions are brief, if the interest is mutual, then a short meet-up turns into a date. Speed networking comprises of three basic arrangements that are as follows;

  • Round Robin
  • Station-based 
  • Group-based 

Among the three formats, round-robin is typically applied to conduct speed networking events. In this modality, the participants are seated in a circular arrangement and, each round is commenced on bell dings. Participants are supposed to give a brief introduction about themselves and their occupation followed by a quick exchange of contacts. This way every individual present at the round-robin meeting partakes one by one. Later on, the members of the meeting are allowed to socialize openly with corporate professionals they didn’t had a chance to interact with. 

So here are the pros and cons of speed networking:

Pros:

  • An individual can build cordial relations with people belonging to different sectors. This way one can have an insight regarding different trading formats. 
  • It is an effective way of sharing business goals with people of the same interest as well as meeting new investors.
  • Speed networking events taking place in colleges and universities serve as a career fair for young aspiring students. Through such events, they can set interviews with different companies and get internship or job opportunities. 
  • The concept of “speed networking” is currently being used by numerous organizations to host events like trade shows and all. Career fairs, job dating, chambers of commerce are some other events based on the concept of speed business meetings.   

Cons:

The drawback of this event is that the interaction between the two parties is very limited and brief. Due to this people are unable to converse properly with individuals showing interest thus reducing the number of opportunities. Since the given time is precise, the so-called organized event gets chaotic due to excitement created by the over-enthusiastic crowd. So if you are new to this kind of situation then extracting “essential information and data” may become quite challenging for you.     

How to Secure Your Home Wi-Fi System

In our households, there is one thing that controls our lives to a large extent. This extremely significant thing is nothing but a Wi-Fi router. It is because, without its access, none of our gadgets will function properly. Moreover, it controls and checks all the inbound and outbound signals to ensure that nothing sensitive gets leaked.

Where a Wi-Fi system is so vital it is also highly sensitive as it can be corrupted easily through cyber intrusion. Once they get hacked, then compromising gadgets becomes a piece of cake for cybercriminals. Therefore it is essential to keep the Wi-Fi system safe and protected from such foreign interventions. There are numerous ways of maintaining the router system security that can be done effortlessly without any hindrance.  Some of these tips are as follows:

Change Your Wi-Fi Password Frequently:

Whether it is a social media account or just a wi-Fi router, it is recommended to change the passwords repeatedly. Once the password is modified, all the devices have to be re-connected to the Wi-Fi system. This way the, chances of internet hacking are diminished greatly. Also, you can check the number of devices connected to the router by going to the router settings panel. 

A common blunder made by most individuals is that they forget to change the password required to access the panel settings. So anybody who is well aware of these shortfalls can easily reconfigure the Wi-Fi router. Usually, the password settings are exhibited within the router settings panel. 

Keep The Router Software Updated:

Firmware is the software that typically controls every function of an internet router. It maintains the security standards of the Wi-Fi network and also monitors the devices connected to it. So to secure your home Wi-Fi system it is mandatory to keep the firmware up to date.

 The latest models of Wi-Fi devices can update the system spontaneously. By having the software updated the security barriers of your device get boosted and protect it from foreign intrusion. 

Make Use Of A Guest Network If Possible:

The term guest network means to provide Wi-Fi access to foreign devices without letting them consume the rest of the data. By giving individuals access to the guest network you will obstruct the unwanted intrusions which can jeopardize the device. The option of broadcasting the guest network is available in the latest versions of Wi-Fi routers. The Wi-Fi system must be able to hide the network name so that visitors unable to use your Wi-Fi connection. 

There are numerous ways through which your home Wi-Fi system can get disabled other than password or software hacking. Usually, any file from your smartphone can disrupt the functioning of the Wi-Fi device ultimately giving network access to foreign devices. 

So to overcome network security issues, nowadays Wi-Fi systems with an integrated security system are being manufactured. Apart from this make sure to keep the software up to date and put passwords that are extremely difficult to guess.