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First grassroots innovation-based standards formulated by Bureau of Indian Standards

  • Published
    20th Jun, 2022
Context

The first official standard for a grassroots innovation has been set up for clay cooling cabinet "Mitticool".

About

Non-electric cooling cabinet:

  • It has been developed by Mansukhbhai Prajapati, from Wankaner, from Gujarat.
  • The IS 17693: 2022 - given to the non-electric cooling cabinet made of clay is the first standard rooted in a grassroots innovation - ‘Mitticool Refrigerator’.
  • The standard set up by the Bureau of India Standards is necessary after a particular stage for scaling up and entering the cross-border markets.
  • The standard specifies the construction and performance requirements of a cooling cabinet of the natural refrigerator made out of clay which operates on the principle of evaporative cooling.
  • These cabinets may be used to store perishable foodstuff without the need of electricity.
  • It provides a natural coldness to foodstuffs so that they remain fresh without deteriorating their quality.
  • The standard can help grassroots innovations march hand-in-hand with innovations in the formal sector. 

Significance:

  • The standard helps in the endeavour of BIS to fulfil 6 of out 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely 1 (No poverty), 2 (Zero hunger), 5 (Gender equality), 7 (Affordable and clean energy), 9 (Industry, innovation, and infrastructure), and 12 (Responsible consumption and production).

Impact:

  • The impact of the ‘Mitticool Refrigerator’ has already been exponential, and it is poised to grow by attaining this significant milestone of setting standards.
  • It is already playing a lead role in:
  • reviving the pottery culture, tradition, and heritage;
  • connecting people back to roots in better,
  • healthier ways;
  • promoting sustainable consumption;
  • economically empowering the indigent community;
  • working towards green and cool earth, economic development and employment generation; and
  • contributing towards rural women upliftment and making them financially independent
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