advertisement advertisement advertisement Okay, I’ll admit it. I’ve bought furniture on impulse or out of desperation without thinking about its environmental impact. That rickety $150 Ikea bed I used for only two years in grad school. The $99 Target bar cart I picked up while shopping for a party. The $75 Wayfair lamp that completed my living room. advertisement advertisement I’m not alone. Since the 1990s, the American market has been awash with inexpensive home goods made in low-wage overseas factories, designed to last only a few years. This affordable furniture makes it possible to redecorate regularly and live itinerant lives, since we can toss everything out with each move. But the convenience comes at a great environmental cost. Making and shipping a single piece of furniture emits an estimated 90 kilograms of carbon, the equivalent of flying a Boeing 747 for an hour. And Americans throw out 12 million tons of … [Read more...] about Used furniture is about to become a $16.6 billion business. Even Ikea is getting in on it
A Swede took a stroll around IKEA and revealed exactly what the furniture names really mean, prompting people to ask if the store was pulling a "prank" on shoppers . TikTok user Hannahbgg shared the eye-opening clip online, after her other half, Fred, took a shopping trip. She captioned it: "Our Duvet Cover is called Ground Onions." The pair head round the store as Fred translates, with Hannah saying: "Going to Ikea with a Swede." Fred reveals a $1.99 "svampig" sponge means "mushroomy," and pointing to some jars he says "bror" means "brother." The next piece of furniture they look at is a $299 "under cabinet range hood" called "utdragbar," which Fred explains translates to "pulling out function." A $59.99 ceiling fan called "molnighet" means "cloud cover," while a $19.99 table lamp called "arstid" means "season" in English. "Different seasons," Fred explains. A $79 "poänng" armchair means "point," with Fred saying: "Like on point." Sticking with the sitting … [Read more...] about Swede Reveals What Ikea’s Product Names Really Mean and Shoppers Are in Shock
Video Player Close LANZHOU, May 5 (Xinhua) -- Cao Yunshan, 41, represents the best hope for many pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients in China, especially those in the remote rural areas of northwest China's Gansu Province. A post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Medical School, Cao returned to China in 2016, shouldering the responsibility of curing patients suffering great pain. PH is known as the "cancer" of the cardiopulmonary vascular system. With difficulty breathing due to a lack of oxygen in the lungs, many patients are unable to walk even a short distance or climb stairs. To make matters worse, PH is often misdiagnosed or mistaken owing to its common symptoms with other illnesses. China has an estimate of 5 to 8 million PH patients, and morbidity is higher in high-altitude and rural areas, according to Cao. Cao has saved many PH patients while serving as the deputy director of the cardiovascular department at Gansu Provincial Hospital. One patient had been … [Read more...] about Profile: Returnee doctor brings hope to PH patients in remote villages
On Sunday, PTI reported: HDFC Bank Managing Director Aditya Puri's name has featured in the list of the world's 30 best CEOs, published by the American financial magazine Barron's. In this fascinating excerpt from his gripping book Win-Win Corporations , Shashank Shah reveals Aditya Puri: Banker. Leader, Human Being. In my conversation with Aditya, I asked him about the critical success factors for the leader of a bank. He shared three distinct points: 'I should provide the vision, teamwork and walk the talk. I should be a leader and not a dictator. I have to ensure that every person understands the vision and believes in the values that we stand for, and we deliver what we promise. This can only be done by a management structure which is decentralised with clear job descriptions, and the front office being backed by the back office.' These three points form the core of his leadership mantra. And in his four-decade long career, his colleagues and employees have seen … [Read more...] about Why Aditya Puri is one of the world’s top CEOs
Formula 1 is a sport that arguably consumes money like no other on the planet. The sums involved are vast and, to be player, you have to have access to some serious cash. Fortunately – just like with thoroughbred horse racing's standing as the "sport of kings" – the prestige and status of F1 attracts some of the wealthiest people on the planet. So let’s take a look at them... As an entrée, just think about that Claro sticker on the rear wing of the Red Bull Racing car. Claro is the South American part of America Movil, a Forbes Global 2000 telecoms group that employs almost 200,000 staff and is headquartered in Mexico City – its reported revenues are north of $50 billion. Its chairman, Carlos Slim Helu, has a current net worth of $62.8 billion, according to Forbes – at the time of writing, he’s the world's 16 th richest man. He – along with son Carlos Slim Domit – has been the financial force behind driver Sergio Perez, who joined the team in 2021. His career has … [Read more...] about Who Are The Richest People In Formula 1?