Jens Smith

Director : Projects & Programmes at Alpha Design Associates
Location:South Africa

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Director : Projects & Programmes at Alpha Design Associates
Jens Smith
PoPIA: 5 concrete steps to start your journey today
Sound advice. No need to get overwhelmed. I found that just attending one of the free webinars that seem to abound on the subject gave me the confidence to start implementing action. One such webinar is this one:
Posted on 31 May 2021 12:03
Jens Smith
Transforming plastic waste into Xmas decorations
It's obviously a very noble initiative. But let's rather call it recycled plastic than saving the environment? When these plastic products have reached the end of their useful life, they will probably end up in landfills or even worse, blown into water ways and washed out to sea. This will be the end cycle until the plastic waste product is seen as a resource that can be managed and repurposed in a sustainable, economical and environmentally acceptable fashion. Plastic is a global problem. Both in our oceans and on land. It's sad that plastic bags are called our "national flower" in some parts of the country! And the irony is that a lot of this plastic is labelled bio-degradable or re-cycled.What if plastic in all forms is viewed as a cheap resource rather than waste? Nevelle Hyman, the founder of NevHouse has found a solution that uses plastic in all forms as a resource that addresses two of the major challenges facing people. Pollution and Housing. Waste and the efficient disposal face many challenges. Socialogical, economical and environmental challenges. By converting plastic waste into building panels NevHouse addresses all these challenges in one sustainable chain.
Posted on 8 Dec 2020 13:54
Jens Smith
Can countries end overfishing and plastic pollution in just 10 years?
Plastic is a global problem. Both in our oceans and on land. It's sad that plastic bags are called our "national flower" in some parts of the country! And the irony is that a lot of this plastic is labelled bio-degradable or re-cycled.What if plastic in all forms is viewed as a cheap resource rather than waste? Nevelle Hyman, the founder of NevHouse has found a solution that uses plastic in all forms as a resource that addresses two of the major challenges facing people. Pollution and Housing. Waste and the efficient disposal face many challenges. Socialogical, economical and environmental challenges. By converting plastic waste into building panels NevHouse addresses all these challenges in one sustainable chain.
Posted on 8 Dec 2020 13:31
Jens Smith
Commercial store design neglected by interior design schools
Callie has hit the proverbial nail on the head. Retailers are often too trusting or have separate "Design Directors" who have no commercial leaning. Looks Nice doesn't always translate into "Make Money".Taking this further...is it not then logical that designers should share in the wealth generated by their designs,services and advice that helped achieve the economic successes? It's an investment to have a properly designed retail store that generates income and not only accolades from other designers! Skimp on that and run the risk of less returns. Such economic and retail business savvy designers should be as much a part of the retailers boardroom decisions as other retail players are.
Posted on 3 Sep 2014 17:24
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