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UNSW New Generation Network Scholar Vaibhav Gaikwad is reframing Australia-India relations while turning mountains of e-waste into valuable products - including a set of Gandhi spectacles that symbolise India's bid to clean up its environment.

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Australia has presented India’s Narendra Modi with replica Mahatma Gandhi spectacles – made entirely from waste using breakthrough recycling technology developed at UNSW.

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The quest to find innovative recycling methods to tackle growing amounts of waste across the globe has attracted researchers and industry delegates to UNSW for the International Sustainability Symposium.

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Sourcing raw materials from waste can cut costs, which means we need to look at our rubbish for its "beauty within," writes Veena Sahajwalla.

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Federal Industry Minister Kim Carr launched the UNSW Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology this week, hailing it as an important model for Australian collaborative research and development.