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Mughees Khan began building a car four years ago to represent the American University of Sharjah (AUS) for a fuel-efficient race which has since spilled over into his family’s business.
The Khan family owns the Al Fayadh Printing Press in Sharjah. Khan is now the business development director for the company. “After the Shell Eco-marathon, it made me think that we needed to consider the environment. It played a major part in the team using only $5,000 to create its prototype. And it inspired Khan to add recycled paper to the company’s offerings, he added.
“Not many people are offering recycled products,” he said, adding that it is even seen as a marketing tool with about 20 per cent of customers requesting recycled materials. “A lot of waste comes out of our factory,” he said. Now Al Fayadh sells its waste to other nearby companies.
“Before we gave it to a third party, but now we deal directly with the Sharjah Government through waste management company Bee’ah. They take all the waste and utilise it.”
For now the company is trying to grow its clients’ interest in the recyclable option while repurposing factory waste. This not only benefits the environment, but also saves the company thousands of dirhams each month, and it is all thanks to one race.