The productivity puzzle has occupied business minds since the financial crisis. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto shutter_m The productivity puzzle has bedevilled the country for a decade – but new research suggests firms are still be refusing to face up to the problem. Manufacturing could be at the heart of a new productivity spike, believe employers' organisations. Picture: Ian Burt. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the productivity of British businesses has been thrust under the microscope. Before the crash which rocked the western world, growth in the rate at which countries produced goods and services was almost taken for granted. But the stagnation everyone expected to run its course is continuing – and with the average British worker now taking five days to produce the same amount that a French or German counterpart could do in four, some feel recent figures, which showed a 0.5% decline in productivity in the first quarter of 2018, should serve as a … [Read more...] about How do we solve the region’s productivity puzzle?
Christophe Robin, Baxter, Clinique When was the last time you replaced your moisturizer? You probably didn’t even know it could expire. And what about that bar of soap in your shower? If it’s covered in hair and sitting in a dish that never quite gets dry when you shut the water off, you should consider tossing it (and maybe also look into a stronger ventilation system to deal with the excess humid air). With spring officially here—though it hardly feels like it in much of the country—there’s no time like the present to give your grooming gear a closer look. Flip those tubes of lotion over and look for a period-after-opening symbol (it looks like an open pomade jar and shows the number of months or years a product is safe to use). If there’s any question as to whether you’ve had your precious pot of shaving cream for longer than the suggested safe period, give 'er a toss. Consider it spring cleaning for your grooming routine. And while … [Read more...] about The Best List: 7 Grooming Products You Need This Spring For Better Skin
Friday, March 23, 2018 by: David Williams Tags: badcancer, badpollution, Landfills, plastics, pollutants, pollution, toxic chemicals, water pollution (Natural News) It is well-known that plastics are among the leading causes of pollution worldwide. Whether it be through water, land, or air, plastics can negatively affect people in all sorts of ways everywhere. Now a team of international scientists have put together a comprehensive report that goes deep into the matter, and shows exactly why – despite all of their many benefits – plastics have become such a menace. They also recommend a number of ways to fix the problem. Plastics owe their ubiquity to the fact that they are a highly versatile material that can be used to manufacture all sorts of gadgets, devices, and trinkets. From the newest smartphones and computers to a wide variety of storage containers, plastic has proven to be a reliable choice for all levels of makers and builders. But the synthetic material … [Read more...] about Our production of and dependence on plastic has multiplied exponentially over the last century
Monday, March 12, 2018 by: Derek Henry Tags: Aluminum, deodorant, Natural Beauty, oxybenzone, parabens, Personal care products, phthalates, Propylene glycol, skin care, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, sunscreen, Toluene, toothpaste, toxic ingredients, triclosan (Natural News) It can be a tough pill to swallow to discover that nearly everything we have been eating, drinking, breathing, and putting on our skin has been laced with toxic ingredients that have zero value for our bodies. However, it’s even tougher to deal with the fall-out of these poisons if we don’t adjust our lifestyle to avoid them as much as possible. So, what can you do? Well, if you’d rather not be an ostrich and want to pull your head out of the sand, take note of these four toxic daily offenders, then toss any you have in the trash. Replace them with cleaner and safer personal care products, like the ones recommended below. Conventional toothpaste The real purpose of toothpaste isn’t to … [Read more...] about 4 personal care products you can pitch in the trash (and replace with something much better)
Wednesday, March 07, 2018 by: Edsel Cook Tags: Chemistry, chicken eggs, Clean Energy, egg whites, goodclimate, goodpollution, goodscience, green living, hydrogen, hydrogen energy, hydrogen fuel, photocatalyst, power, renewable energy (Natural News) Eggs have long been a delicious and fulfilling source of energy for groggy people who need protein in their stomach. But now, a Japanese research team suggested that egg whites can be used to make a clean-burning fuel for power generation, reported Science Daily. Study leader Hiroyasu Tabe of the Osaka City University said hydrogen shows promise as a fuel and as a medium for storing energy. The most common natural element, hydrogen burns quite cleanly and won’t pollute the environment in case of an accident. However, the production of hydrogen fuel usually requires fossil fuels that emit carbon dioxide and other forms of air pollution. In order to produce the desired element without the accompanying pollution, Tabe … [Read more...] about DISCOVERY: Egg whites the “missing link” for low-cost production of clean hydrogen fuel