Last week we had a great discussion with packaging expert Keith Barnes , Chairman of The Institute of Packaging and on the Council of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining or Iom3. He has an incredible materials knowledge and was telling us about a company that is able to put Synthetic DNA onto our personal products for the ultimate in personal security. This tagging has completely fascinated me.
Part of what we do at SCIN is take a material and look at it laterally. Sometimes this is extremely exciting and others, possibly a bit batty. But it got me thinking… We naturally all started talking about the possibilities of securing your luxury possessions such as your watch but what if this could be used for other security?
Could you take this, for example, to a school environment? Supposing a child being bullied could have a synthetic DNA on their blazer or shirt and if physically bullied, the perpetrator would get this passed onto them. At the end of the day, anyone with that child’s synthetic DNA could possibly be picked up using UV or simply by passing through a UV light? This probably calls up many objections but interesting idea don’t you think?
The Green Gym
A few weeks ago I spent a superb morning having a fairly fierce workout. For 2 plus hours I did squats and pull –ups, lunges and biceps. At the end of my time I and a number of others in the Boot Camp had cleared quite a lot of Heathland of Silver Birch Sapplings that would have prevented the Heath from growing. This aerobic workout was thanks to an invitation from James Latham plc the timber distributors who sponsor the National Forest. It was the perfect few hours; convivial company, hard work and good environmental results. I realized that for the hours spent in the gym, there is an opportunity to explore other ways of getting fit and this is one very rewarding option.
So, here is a call to all and especially the trainers that motivate; Why not establish The Green Gym? – an opportunity to combine a run/workout with work on the land I spent my time at Hicks Lodge, Willesley, Woodside Leicestershire and in the 1980’s it had been a mining landscape, denuded of habitation. Today it is a nature reserve with walks and cycle tracks, and fishing. There is no evidence of its former servitude. It is clean and bright and growing into a beautiful spot to enjoy. Big thanks to Latham’s and in particular the National Forest for including me and opening my eyes . I am glad that I burnt a few calories and stretched a few muscles pulling up Saplings.