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Veena Sahajwalla

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Looking at waste as a useful resource with Dr Veena Sahajwalla

Reducing Our Footprint

Material scientist, engineer and inventor, enter please, Dr Veena Sahajwalla, founding director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology at UNSW 🔉“We can actually look at waste as a useful resource.” 🔉 Veena is renowned for pioneering the high-temperature transformation of waste into the production of green materials. She truly understands the value of innovation as a catalyst for the materials revolution and highlights our role as users within scientific leadership. Veena founded the Green Ceramics MICROfactorieTM, which produces a new generation of high performance, non-toxic, engineered bio-composites for use in various architectural and decorative applications. Through understanding recycling at the micro-level and “thinking a little bit differently,” Veena is forging the way for a holistic solution to material waste. If Veena’s story interests you follow: #veenasahajwalla to keep up-to-date with her new and exciting activities in this space!

27mins

28 Jun 2021

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Episode 65: Veena Sahajwalla from UNSW & Diana Sarcasmo from Mirvac explain how building new apartments from waste is the next big thing

Talking Architecture & Design

An apartment featuring flooring, wall tiles, kitchen and lighting features, and furniture and artworks, all made entirely from waste glass and textiles, offers an optimistic view into the future of residential building.Unveiled recently at the Sydney Olympic Park, Mirvac’s industry-first apartment made using waste materials has the potential to revolutionise home construction, sustainably reduce waste in the building industry as well as transform waste into a valuable resource.As a collaboration between Mirvac and the UNSW Centre of Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT), we talk to Professor Veena Sahajwalla and Mirvac's General Manager Design, Marketing & Sales, Diana Sarcasmo on how building from waste is set to revolutionise Australia's apartment building industry.

32mins

28 Mar 2021

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VLGA Connect: Episode 71 - Prof Veena Sahajwalla

VLGA Connect

Professor Veena Sahajwalla from the University of New South Wales is my guest on today's VLGA Connect, providing her expert perspective on this week's federal government announcement of a new fund to improve waste management and recycling.

14mins

7 Jul 2020

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How an inventor is fighting the war on waste: Veena Sahajwalla (Rebroadcast)

Talking Australia

Professor Veena Sahajwalla is also known as “the waste queen” and the inventor of the world’s first e-waste micro factory. Her mission in life is to find new ways to deal with our massive waste problems. Her ideas of reviving waste gained huge popularity through the successful tv-program “war on waste”. In this episode she shares her story from her childhood in India to becoming a recycling guru and professor at the University of NSW.Here you can find out more about Veena´s work:www.newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/fighting-war-wasteThis Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographicSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

33mins

29 Apr 2020

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S1: Veena Sahajwalla: Turning Trash into Treasure

Course Correction

Garbage is Veena Sahajwalla’s passion. And the trash is piling up: The more stuff we consume, the more waste we create. She’s inventing new ways to turn trash into useful items — like using old tires to make steel and transforming plastic waste into tiles and furniture. Read the episode transcript here.

20mins

19 Feb 2020

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Veena Sahajwalla — Local Manufacturing, what a Circular Economy would really look like

Climactic

Liking the show? Leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts here! Support us directly on Pozible! This is the third episode from Australian Science Week, from guest host Dr Renee Beale of the Royal Society of Victoria. Guest Dr Sahajwalla explains how a future economy, one built around localisation and reuse could solve our waste problems. Climactic Community Corner Trash Bags on Tour - Phillip Island Tour Adrift Labs - Job Opportunity Listen to our episode with head of Adrift Labs, Jenn Lavers here. Mairin Briody - Electric Prisms Exhibition Carbon Sync - Job OpportunitySpecial Guest: Dr. Veena Sahajwalla.Support ClimacticSupport the show: https://www.climactic.fm/p/support-the-collective/

37mins

13 Oct 2019

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159: Professor Veena Sahajwalla: Green manufacturing and the power of the microfactory

Low Tox Life

It all started when my SYD-LAX companion in June, Nigel and I were talking about the frustrating state of affairs in recycling tech (I know right? Hit the plane-buddy jackpot!) and he mentioned the hope that lay in the work a colleague of his was doing at the University of New South Wales. We were introduced and the rest is history. What a privilege to be able to bring you this hopeful conversation with Professor Veena Sahajwalla this week on the show. She is the woman behind the technology turning used rubber tyres into sheet steel, and used plastics into filament for 3D printing instead of what the majority of the industry is using - virgin plastics!  Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla FTSE HonFIEAust directs the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at UNSW Australia; delivering scientific and engineering advances in sustainability of materials and associated processes in collaboration with industry. ARC Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla is revolutionising recycling science to enable global industries to safely utilise toxic and  complex wastes as low-cost alternatives to virgin raw materials and fossil fuels. As Founding Director of UNSW’s Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology, Veena and her team are working closely with industry partners to deliver the new science, processes and technologies that will drive the redirection of many of the world’s most challenging waste streams away from landfills and back into production; simultaneously reducing costs to alleviating pressures on the environment. She is reimagining the global supply chain by demonstrating the viability of ‘mining’ our overburdened landfills to harness the wealth of useful elements like carbon, hydrogen and materials like silica, titania and metals embedded in our waste.  Enjoy discovering this incredible woman’s work. I can’t wait to go visit her research centre and bring you some video footage of what they’re doing. As always you can head to the shownotes for more details and to join the low tox club at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 13mins

29 Sep 2019

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Learn@Lunch with Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla | Our secret weapon in the War on Waste

UNSW Alumni

As images of rising landfills and environmental devastation dominate our news feeds, society is officially awake to the impact that waste is having on our planet.While keep cups and reusable grocery bags have become common totems of progress, Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla is leading her own quiet revolution against waste, with incredible results.Under her leadership, the dynamic team at the UNSW Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) aims to eliminate the concept of ‘waste’ through bold new Microfactory TM recycling capabilities.At this Learn@Lunch session, ‘waste trailblazer’ and materials scientist, Professor Sahajwalla, explained how an unwanted shirt, coffee grounds and other common waste items can be transformed into sustainable building materials.Meanwhile, her process for developing ‘green steel’ has diverted millions of old tyres from landfills. Through exploring this ground-breaking work, Professor Sahajwalla unpacked how such initiatives are crucial to help create a circular economy where materials are kept in use for as long as possible, to create a more sustainable society.

59mins

14 Aug 2019

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Prof. Veena Sahajwalla - Breaking things, Microfactories and Tiny Urban Mines.

Scientists are People Too

Join Zoe and Veena in chatting about Veena's mission to turn trash in treasure! 

11mins

5 Aug 2019

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How an inventor is fighting the war on waste: Veena Sahajwalla

Talking Australia

Professor Veena Sahajwalla is also known as “the waste queen” and the inventor of the world’s first e-waste micro factory. Her mission in life is to find new ways to deal with our massive waste problems. Her ideas of reviving waste gained huge popularity through the successful tv-program “war on waste”. In this episode she shares her story from her childhood in India to becoming a recycling guru and professor at the University of NSW.Here you can find out more about Veena´s work:www.newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/fighting-war-wasteThis Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic.

33mins

21 Jun 2019

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