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Innovation starts with our home ...


Nowadays, we have an immense variety of items available to us, be it clothes, books, toys, vehicles or electronic gadgets. If we can just buy everything, what’s left for us to discover or to innovate? Right from our first day at school, our teachers and parents have told us to use imagination and try to think out of the box. Yet we mainly focus on studying for securing good grades and that’s all. Even if we want to do something different, we don’t know where to start. The answer, however, is simple; we can just start innovating from our home.    
Our home can be the best trigger for improving imagination. In fact, we have been unknowingly innovating the daily activities or reusing everyday items all along. We use old containers and bottles for storing random objects or as planters for kitchen herbs. Our old clothes turn into doormats, old toothbrushes become spray-painting brushes and glass jars become pen or cutlery stands. We use old barrels or big storage containers as table tops for keeping miscellaneous items like a mixer-grinder. Our wardrobe’s doors become display boards for pasting important information such as the school timetable. We just use every inch of our home to make it more comfortable for living.
Not only us, the common people, but also MNCs consider innovation as an integral part of their daily activities. Let us take an example of the company called ‘3M’. For the past 114 years, the company is dominating the world thanks to their innovations. ‘Post-it-notes’ is one of their famous products. Initially, 3M scientist Spencer Silver discovered a type of glue, which sticks the two surfaces together, but does not leave any marks on either of the surfaces when those surfaces are separated from each other. After some years, another 3M scientist Arthur Fry used this glue to stick a paper to the book’s page, because his bookmark was falling out frequently. And this is how ‘Post-it notes’ came into existence and made their mark in the global market.    
Companies conduct elaborate discussions on how to use the smallest of the things, be it a plastic bottle, a small piece of a thread, a stone or a brick. No point, however insignificant it may seem, is overlooked, rather considered as an Idea. Such brainstorming generates great ideas such as smartphones, computers, colorful bricks or automated vehicles.

In our homes also, we can make a lot of changes to everyday objects to improve their usability. We can actually think about starting new profitable businesses or creating new markets, by trying to use objects in innovative ways or create new items with the known objects.

Nandita Kelkar

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