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Fairphone, a practical example of circular economy in action

Solutions to unlock the potential of the Fairphone

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Stakeholders teaming up within a Community of Practice, launch the report The Circular Phone that providing practical answers to common financing pitfalls for circular businesses, using Fairphone as the real-life example.

21 Dec 2017
Save the date!

Two years after the adoption of EU Circular Economy Package in December 2015, more than half of the initiatives included in the Action Plan have been delivered. To discuss upcoming deliverables, explore new areas of action and share the first achievements of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, the Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee will host a Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference on 20-21 February in Brussels.

Surplus capacity? Waste it no more: Floow introduces B2B asset sharing

B2B Sharing Marketplace on which every business and (healthcare) organization can share equipment, waste, materials, services, facilities, and personnel.

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Luxembourg

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The term “sharing economy” has become a staple in our current society and making more efficient use of what we already have is becoming more important every day.

FLOOW2 provides organizations with a tool that allows them to take on a fitting new business model: sharing assets. Sharing assets is an integral part of the development towards a more circular economy, in which loops are closed and disruptive business models are the talk of the town.

7 Dec 2017
Reeeboot.fr provides associations with reconditioned material to fight social exclusion and digital divide

The Reeeboot program is launched in France, to help associations working against social exclusion and the digital divide. Thanks to the programme, eligible organisations can benefit from reconditioned computer equipment, needed to carry out their activities and promote the return to employment.

20 Nov 2017
RREUSE 1st International Conference on the Role of Social Enterprise in a Circular Economy

23-24 November, Charleroi - Extending product lifetimes through re-use and repair has tremendous social and environmental impact and is at the heart of a circular economy vision, but is seldom put into the spotlight during discussions on Europe’s move towards circular economy. The main aim of this public conference is to show-case examples of cooperation between social enterprise, public bodies and private industry.

Circular is the new black: research program towards a sustainable fashion industry

Mistra Future Fashion promotes the expanded lifespan of clothes

Leading the way towards a circular fashion industry, the Mistra Future Fashion research program uses the expertise of the entirety of the textile value chain to highlight challenges and solutions to make fashion more sustainable. It publishes reports and peer reviewed articles that focus on how exactly this industry can be made more "circular".

Light as a service: green performance economy in Schiphol Airport

Although it may not even be noticeable when you walk through Departure Lounge 2 at Schiphol, the lighting is a masterly example of circular economy.

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In one of its terminals, Schiphol Airport runs the project "Light as a service" whereby it pays for the light produced, while its two partners Philips and Cofely remain the owners of the lamps and fittings.

Thanks to this innovative partnership, maintenance costs are reduced and recyclability and reusability of the lighting and framing guaranteed.

Three pilot colleges in the Lozere Department eradicate food waste from the menu

A pilot project in three colleges demonstrates the importance of transversal implementation for long term food waste reduction

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At the end of year 2014 the Lozere Department engaged in a territorial plan of waste prevention.

Among the different actions, the Department has implemented an action in three pilot colleges to fight food waste in the canteens. The ambitious and transversal program involved actors at all levels in the college: Director, Manager, kitchen team, teachers, students and their parents.

Green procurement: white aggregates in road resurfacing sparks up incentive for recycling

When imposing 35% min white aggregates in road resurfacing, the City of Hamburg increased the incentive to use recycled material

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In Hamburg, green public procurement principles are included in the City's overarching procurement policy. Additional environmental contract requirements are imposed by the City specifically for road construction tenders.

Hamburg has taken a significant step forward to encourage an increase of recycling rates in construction materials by establishing an online exchange for soil, debris and construction materials.

Stroller sharing: busy moms and dads can enjoy easier trips to the shops with Buggybooker

You already know carsharing and bikesharing - time to start the buggy sharing experience!

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Belgium

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If car sharing could be a success, so could buggy sharing! This thought led to Frank Verheijden championing the idea, and in 2014, Buggybooker started commercially sharing children's buggies.

10 Nov 2017
Level(s), a new EU assessment framework in sustainable buildings that fully integrates circularity

The European Commission has just launched the pilot phase of a new EU-wide framework for sustainable buildings called Level(s). The pilot phase is expected to last until 2019 and stakeholders are warmly invited to participate in the testing phase.

Sustainable fish farming and fighting against food waste

Through a fish farming experiment, CPIE Bassin de Thau and local stakeholders partners want to valorize a local fish specie Mullet, and a new sustainable fish feeding.

The project is located in the territory of Thau. This is an experimental project, carried out by the CPIE * Bassin de Thau with the involvement of different partners, including CIRAD* for scientific coordination. This project aims to develop a new fishing field, on the one hand, by experimenting with mule farming, an omnivorous local species less demanding in terms of protein intake and yet providing all the benefits required for human consumption, and on the other hand by testing the incorporation of bread from the catering industry into fish pellets.

These two aspects aim to produce a local fish with all the nutritional qualities at a lower cost and to reduce the food waste in the collective catering and the baker sector. The project aims to create an innovative and sustainable territorialized food system. The project is accompanied by education and awareness raising among actors and the public to combat food waste and responsible food behavior.

Electric and electronic waste: a little incentive goes a long way

Binee aims at encouraging consumers to give their outdated electric or electronic devices a new life

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Binee is a local recycling service to dispose of outdated electric and electronic appliances, gaining success by its understanding of consumers' expectations and behaviours. A right mix between convenience, digital tracking, transparency and reward system makes it an efficient approach to maximise 'Urban mining' in EEEW.